Youth Justice Prevention and Early Intervention Services

LIFT aims to keep Ventura County teens out of the juvenile justice system

LIFT (Lead. Inspire. Focus. Transform.)

The Youth LIFT Partnership program is aimed at diverting youth from initial or subsequent contact with the juvenile justice system using approaches that are evidence-based, culturally relevant, trauma-informed, and developmentally appropriate. This program will be used to target underserved communities in the Oxnard area in partnership with the Oxnard Police Department. The goal of the project is to provide diversion and alternative-sanction programs, offer mentoring, mental health services and case management to support linkage to community resources, academic- and vocational-education services, and behavioral health services. 

Early Intervention Diversion (EID)

Interface youth diversion programs are designed to target youth referred by the Ventura County Probation Agency who have received a first-time and/or low-level citation. Staff conduct weekly classes on violence and graffiti prevention, substance abuse, and petty theft with the goal of diverting youth from further juvenile justice involvement. Services include Screening, Intake, Assessment, Case Management- linkage and coordination of care support, and youth-parent education groups. 

Transforming Harm to Healing (H2H)  

The Transforming Harm to Healing project will provide restorative justice conferencing for first-time and repeat offending youth who commit an eligible misdemeanor or felony offense, as well as youth and transitional age youth facing probation violations through court. Interface will leverage current services and experience to provide Restorative Justice conferencing that a) reduces the number of youths entering the juvenile justice system, b) reduces racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system, and c) addresses the underlying causes of youth misconduct by removing barriers to accessing services.

Reducing Risk for Girls  

The Reducing Risk for Girls project in partnership with Ventura County Probation Agency (VCPA), is aimed at providing prevention and early intervention services to girls confined in the Ventura County Juvenile Detention Facility. The juvenile justice system has typically overlooked the unique needs of girls, which retriggers the trauma that prompted choices that led to their incarceration, including family dysfunction, negative thought patterns, substance abuse, sexual exploitation, and/or human trafficking. The project goal is to reduce recidivism through the reduction of risk factors (anger management, mindful management of addiction, avoidance of future exploitation) and the promotion of protective factors (e.g., positive peer group, positive/resilient temperament, problem-solving skills) proven effective for girls involved in the juvenile justice system.  

Second Chances Youth Reentry Project

The “Second Chances” Community-Based Youth Reentry Project in partnership with Ventura County Probation Agency (VCPA), proposes a reduction in the number of rearrests among Ventura County at-risk youth. The project fills a critical need for high-quality anti-recidivism programming occurring in the community and in juvenile facilities using an integrated community-based set of services and suite of evidence-based practices. Interface seeks to change the life trajectory for the youth served by Second Chances, assist in the transition youth make from juvenile residential facilities to the community so that the transition is successful and promotes public safety, learn from a rigorous evaluation of their outcomes, and strengthen the community. 

Adult Justice-Involved Services

Medically Assisted Treatment Services 

Interface Medically Assisted Treatment program provides high-quality, evidence-based, culturally responsive programming to serve high- risk adults and improve overall health outcomes while improving community safety. This program is a collaboration between Interface and the Ventura County Probation Agency. Services include Screening, Intake, Assessment, Case Management, and Transportation. Additional services may include Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), Job Readiness, Seeking Safety, and Staying Quit. 

The CORE Connection Partnership

The Core Connection Partnership is a collaborative of community-based agencies with the shared goal of providing necessary and appropriate services to the AB109 population in Ventura County. The mission of the Core Connection Partnership is to remove barriers, increase awareness, and provide community supports for individuals who have been incarcerated to promote successful reintegration and reduce recidivism. 

Through a contract with the Ventura County Probation Agency, Interface’s Core Team acts as the “backbone” in the collaborative. The Core Team at Interface Children & Family Services administers contracts with several community-based agencies in Ventura County to provide services to AB109 clients. Services consist of evidence-based practices including Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), field-based Case Management, Family Services, and Parenting, Trauma Treatment, Sober Living beds, and Restorative Justice Groups. 

Interface Reentry Services

Interface Reentry Services are provided to Probation-referred adult clients county-wide. This program is the first Pay for Success project in Ventura and is one of three Pay for Success projects supported by the California Board of State and Community Corrections. This project is designed with the objectives of promoting family stability and economic opportunity for those on formal probation while improving public safety and reducing recidivism. Many services are available to both client and immediate family members. Individuals gain access to services that support them in leading healthy and productive lives. All services are free of charge, individualized to meet the client’s needs, and offered at convenient locations throughout Ventura County. (Closing Out Winter 2022) 

Ventura County reentry program graduates celebrate a new beginning

Serving all of Ventura County (All demographics)

The Medi-Cal Project

Interface Medi-Cal program is a new service offered to all Ventura County residents in need of health care benefits. The program is designed to personally assist Ventura County residents through the Medi-Cal enrollment process through the partnership with the Human Services Agency. All Medi-Cal Navigators are bilingual, and our phone lines are open Monday – Friday from 9am to 5pm. Services include Screening, Intake, Medi-Cal Resource and Assistance Services, and Case Management.  

Interface Medi-Cal program is offered to all Ventura County residents in need of health care benefits To connect with a Navigator for assistance please call: 1-833-607-2650