Aug. 2, 2015

San Francisco Achievement Collaborative Team (Juvenile Drug Court)

San Francisco Achievement Collaborative Team (SF-ACT) provides comprehensive, integrated treatment and education for substance abusing youth in the juvenile justice system.   SF-ACT is a joint educational and behavioral program of the San Francisco Unified School District, the San Francisco Superior Court, the Department of Public Health, Juvenile Probation Department, the Department of Children, Youth and Families and Catholic Charities.

SF-ACT targets juvenile offenders charged or on the verge of being charged with a violation of their probation where there is a reasonable assumption that the offender’s delinquent behavior is connected directly to the ongoing, chronic and habitual abuse of substances. Many participants have co-occurring mental health disorders or are at risk for out-of-home placement due to problem behaviors and non-compliance with probation expectations.   
All SF-ACT participants will receive clinical case management, individual therapy, family-focused treatment, and an array of group services tailored to individual needs. Groups may include Aggression Replacement Training (ART), substance abuse education, and stress reduction. 
Students involved with SF-ACT will likely stay an average of one school year.             SF-ACT anticipates serving 40 youth, with 15 to 20 participating in the intensive outpatient services at any given time.  The program is located at the Civic Center School on Golden Gate Avenue.

Judge Braden C. Woods

Contact information

Lisa Lightman, Director
Collaborative Courts for Youth & Families
San Francisco Superior Court
400 McAllister St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 551-3983
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