From the Salinas Californian: When you think about probation, you probably think of law enforcement. But in Monterey County, it’s about that and much more — including preventing crime from happening in the first place.
That’s thanks to the Silver Star Resource Center, an innovative partnership of the Probation Department and social service agencies.
Silver Star seeks to reduce juvenile delinquency through treatment. In the following interview, Silver Star manager Robert Reyes explains how the program saves young people’s lives — while also saving taxpayers’ money.
What makes the Silver Star Resource Center unique?
We look at risk factors in five areas: family, community, school, individual and peer group. Then we work together as a collaborative to provide services that will reduce those risk factors. Nine agencies are housed at Silver Star: California Youth Outreach; Second Chance Youth and Family Services; Partners for Peace; the Office of Employment Training; Children’s Behavioral Health; Monterey County Probation Dept.; DA Truancy Abatement Program; Community of Human Services, Monterey; and the Monterey County Office of Education.