Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $230,000)
The Youth Gang Suppression Implementation Grants Program is designed to reduce violent crime, gangs, and youth victimization, while enhancing public safety in communities by utilizing gang suppression efforts for at risk and gang involved youth.
The Bexar County Juvenile Probation Department will provide intensive trauma-informed and evidence-based therapy for gang-involved youth and their families. With collaboration between the countys gang unit and a well-qualified service provider, the programs objective is to provide in-home counseling services to high-risk offenders who are gang members and provide them with the tools to discontinue negative behaviors that put the community and themselves at risk. The plan is to reduce the impact of the gang culture on the youth and family by providing quality services by an in-home provider. The program will serve a minimum of 36 adolescents who are participants in the gang unit over a 36-month period. Each individual will participate in a weekly therapy session with a selected service provider. Counseling services will be provided by licensed therapists who are experienced in addressing the needs associated with members of the gang culture. The additional funding will provide participants with services to improve their decision-making skills, thereby reducing their risk of recidivism.
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