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1340 Tully Rd Ste 314
San Jose CA 95122-3055
Phone 408-271-0477
Fax 408-271-3909

Language assistance available in: English, Vietnamese, Khmere, Tagalog, Korean, Hindi, Japanese, Cantonese

Program Supervisor: Razelle Buenavista

Project Reconnect was the first outpatient substance abuse treatment program for A/PI youth in the nation. Project Reconnect targets A/PI youth ages 13-20. Project Reconnect services include: outreach and engagement, education, intake and assessment, treatment – individual counseling, psycho educational groups, peer support groups, family support, case management, social/recreational groups, community service, and after care. Another component of Project Reconnect is a leadership group in which youths learn leadership skills, educational/vocational skills, peer counseling, and Asian history. Culture, pride, and identity, and how they impact youth in their adduction and recovery are addressed through the program.

Services are provided out in the community, such as youth "hang outs," in schools, Juvenile Hall, and the Juvenile Ranches. Project Reconnect is funded through the Santa Clara County Department of Alcohol and Drug Services.

Aftercare focuses on assisting youth in their transition from incarceration back into society, providing an adequate support system for these youth. The goal of the aftercare collaboration is to reduce the recidivism rate in the juvenile justice system. Aftercare attempts to provide a network that pulls the youth immediately, providing these youth with services in their first seven to ten weeks of release. Youth are referred through the multi-disciplinary team located at the three ranch sites, or through their individual probation officer at Juvenile Hall. Youth receive an individual case manager who assists him/her in finding the appropriate services specific to the youth’s needs. Youth also receive a probation counselor who ensures that these requirements are being met in a timely manner. Lastly, the youth receives an aftercare probation officer who does further follow-up, holding the youth responsible for any unfulfilled requirements. Services that are provided for the youth include tattoo removal, domestic violence, gang awareness, job assistance, mental health, and substance abuse. The youth engage with these services in educational settings, social recreational activities, and individual, family and group counseling.

Aftercare is a collaboration of: Santa Clara County Mental Health, Santa Clara County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services, City of San Jose, The Juvenile Probation Department, California Youth Outreach, Pathway Society, and Asian American Recovery Services, Inc.

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