Juvenile Forensic Assistance for Stabilization and Treatment (JFAST)
Between 65% and 70% of youth involved with the juvenile justice system have a diagnosable mental health disorder and nearly 30% of those experience severe mental health disorders. (Youth.gov)
Lifeline’s Juvenile Forensic Assistance for Stabilization and Treatment (JFAST) program serves youth whose criminal offense was caused by a psychological disorder. JFAST youth receive intensive mental health services and case management in order to address severe psychological issues.
JFAST provides individual and family therapy as well as case management for youth involved with the juvenile justice system and their families.
WHO WE HELP:
Lifeline’s JFAST program serves youth in San Diego County who have a mental health diagnosis and are on Juvenile Probation.
Last year the JFAST program served 48 youth referred by the Court, Probation, and Public Defenders Office.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
JFAST aims to remove obstacles to improving mental health. Sometimes a small expense can be a significant barrier that prevents a youth client from attending school, keeping appointments, getting a job, or improving social skills. Breaking these barriers can be the key to a client’s success in the program. Common items that our clients need include bus passes, school supplies, and gift cards.