Santa Cruz County Evening Center
The Evening Center Program serves a maximum of 10 probation YOUTH at any given time.
Services are available for referrals from the Juvenile Court, in response to probation violations for youth who are in need of additional supervision and structure for a brief period of time (between 12 and 30 days). It is an alternative to detention and/or an out of home placement avoidance effort. A youth may be ordered to attend the Evening Center as often as the Court deems this alternative appropriate.
Meals are served on weekdays. The Evening Center program is staffed by personnel from the Probation Department, Children's Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Program. community based agency staff provide programming that helps support their success. The program targets youth who are struggling with drug and alcohol issues, failing to comply with conditions of probation and/or committing new offenses. The program offers an immediate response to relapse and other probation violations utilizing stabilization and transition services. Services at the Evening Center provide programming to address these and other issues, utilizing assessment as well as promising and evidence-based practices. A list of services and activities is provided below.
Who Can Refer
- Probation Officers
- Juvenile Court
- Community Accountability Program Caseload
- Family Preservation & Wraparound Caseload
- General Supervision Caseload
The Evening Center operates Tuesday through Friday from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM and is supported on Saturdays by services from the Community Action Board's Community Restoration Program.
Youth Eligible for Services
Youth must be on court ordered probation, ages 13-17, youth pending court for multiple probation violations, youth pending court for new law offenses.
Common Types of Referrals:Probation Violations:
The mission statement of the Luna Evening Center is to help provide additional support to probation-involved youth that are struggling with substance use/abuse and other high-risk behaviors. The Evening Center will be provides a structured after-school environment where youth can examine their thoughts and feelings affecting their behavior and learn skills to make the best choices possible. It is a short-term immediate intervention designed to maintain area youth in their home and in their community.