Reflections Day Treatment

Youth deserve restorative options for true health and wellness. Reflections is a day treatment program that specializes in partnering with those seeking recovery and stability with mental health and substance abuse needs thereby reducing juvenile crime and youth in residential treatment facilities. Youth 12–17 years old receive support from a highly skilled team consisting of probation officers, therapists, a psychiatrist, substance abuse counselors, and teachers.

Fun Fact: 130 youth were served by the program this past year.

Eligibility: Youth ages 12–17 are court-ordered to the program or assessed and referred to the program through the San Diego County Probation Breaking Cycles program. Youth must also meet medical necessity for day treatment level of care.

Successes and Highlights:

  • 18 parents completed the six-week parenting course and received certificates for court. This is the highest rate of completion in the last two years!
  • There was a total of 2,815 drug tests completed for all youth enrolled at Reflections throughout the year; 83% of those tests came back negative (as tracked by County Probation).

In 2016, SAY piloted a therapeutic Writing Program which assists youth in using poetry as a way to share their stories, giving youth a voice and increasing feelings of being heard and understood. Fifty-two Reflections youth experienced the power of putting their feelings, experiences, and pain into words to begin to courageous process of healing.

  • 90% stated that they enjoyed their writing experience
  • 87% stated they were proud of the writing they did
  • 81% stated they wrote about something they don’t normally talk about
  • 70% stated they felt they learned something about themselves
  • 77% said that writing about something that was bothering them helped them feel better
  • 90% said that they would like to continue participating in the writing group

Location: Based in La Mesa, serving youth across San Diego County

Funding Partner: San Diego County Probation Department, San Diego County Office of Education, Juvenile Court and Community Schools