Interface’s mission is to strengthen children, families, individuals, and communities to be safe, healthy, and thriving through comprehensive social services. As a critical safety net for children and families, Interface provides 30 distinct programs across six core program areas, including mental health and trauma treatment, domestic violence and child abuse prevention, youth crisis & homeless services, human trafficking prevention & intervention, justice services, and 211 information and assistance across 40 California counties.
Interface takes a family-systems and community-wide approach to intervention and prevention with a range of programs encompassing emergency and crisis response, safe shelter, mental health, education, family resources, and homelessness intervention and prevention.
24/7 assistance including crisis counseling, safety planning, referrals, linkage to safe shelter, restraining orders and immediate in-person response to calls from law enforcement and medical providers.
Safe and supportive weekly groups for women who have been impacted by domestic violence.
A safe, confidential shelter for victims fleeing domestic violence. The Safe Haven shelter is a pet-friendly shelter.
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention “My Body Belongs to Me”
A personal safety/child abuse prevention program, My Body Belongs to Me, is for children from preschool through 6th grade and their families. The program works to educate and empower children in a non-threatening way, so that they may be better equipped to avoid abuse. This safety program teaches children how to respond to potentially dangerous people and situations. The program is offered to schools, day-care centers and other child care and youth facilities free of charge. To learn more about the My Body Belongs to Me Program call (805) 485-6114 ext. 691
Shifting Boundaries is an evidence-based program designed to reduce teen dating violence and sexual harassment among middle school students. The program combines classroom lessons and school-wide interventions with a complementary school-led poster campaign.
Teen Dating Violence Prevention
The Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program provides school-based prevention programming to high school students throughout Ventura County. The program includes three, one-hour presentations which are provided over the course of one semester. Presentation topics include discussions on the various forms of dating violence, including emotional, verbal, digital, and physical abuse, and encourages teens to develop healthy communication skills and relationships.
Engaging Boys & Men
Coaching Boys into Men is an evidence-based prevention program that supports and motivates local high school athletic coaches to teach their young male athletes healthy relationship skills and that violence never equals strength. Coaches are trained to provide 15-minute lessons just once a week, which are designed to be integrated into the routine practice and game schedule.
Community Awareness & Outreach
Community awareness and outreach are provided through presentations, informational booths and resources free of charge on topics related to family violence prevention. Our outreach staff and volunteers speak at schools/universities, faith centers, places of employment, medical facilities, law enforcement agencies, health fairs and community events.
Ventura County Coalition Against Human Trafficking
Interface belongs to a coalition of local agencies and organizations partnering to prevent, prosecute, properly identify victims, and provide victim services to combat the issue of trafficking locally.
Immediate, in-person response is available when requested by law enforcement or medical providers, to emotionally support adult survivors of sex and/or labor trafficking (both U.S. born and foreign nationals).
In-person support and advocacy to help each survivor establish safety, work towards healing from their trauma and achieving self-sufficiency.
A trauma-informed, and confidential shelter for adult survivors of trafficking.
Training and Outreach
Training and technical assistance is available for medical professionals, law enforcement, hospitality providers, and other community agencies.
For students in grades K-12, Phoenix Project provides mental health & trauma recovery services to children/youth and their families who lived in Ventura County during the Thomas and Woolsey wildfires of 2018.
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
An evidence-based model, enhancing parent-child attachment and child compliance to family rules and expectations with children ages 2-8 years old.
Child Abuse Treatment (CHAT)
Therapeutic services are provided to the child victim up to age 18 focused on recovery from victimization and trauma.
Child & Youth (Infancy – 21 years) Emotional Wellness
Individual and family therapy to improve behavioral and emotional health, social skills, and resiliency. Comprehensive mental health assessment and client-driven service plan.
Program to Evaluate & Treat Sexual Abuse (PETSA):
Through individual and group therapy, youth survivors learn to respond effectively to feelings and recover from the abuse they have experienced in order to regain a sense of safety and ability to relate genuinely and spontaneously again.
Triple P: Positive Parenting Program:
An evidence-based program for parents of children up to age 12 designed to prevent – as well as treat – behavioral and emotional problems in children. This program aspires to create family environments that strengthen the bonds between parents and children and encourages children to realize their full potential.
Youth Justice Prevention and Early Intervention Services
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)
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.
To connect with a Navigator for assistance please call: 1-833-607-2650
Temporary shelter for transitional aged youth 12-17 who have been referred and are or at-risk of experiencing homelessness.
Street Outreach Program
SOP works with runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth in Ventura County ages 12-24.
Ventura County Crisis Team
In case of a mental health emergency – a suicidal child or teen; a child or teen who wants to hurt him/herself or hurt others; OR an out of control child or teen. Services are connected via Youth Outreach Line for help with shelter/housing assessments, family mediation, emancipation information, case management, and other youth-specific resource information.
Youth Outreach Line
Interface’s Youth Outreach Line connects youth and teens to services and help with shelter/housing assessments, family mediation, emancipation information, case management, and other youth-specific resource information.
211 Ventura County is a comprehensive information and referral service for Ventura County. We connect over 30,000 Ventura County callers and texters each year with information about health and human services available to them.
211 Ventura County phone and text service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 211 is available in 150 languages through phone interpretation services.