Gaining Independence Reclaiming Lives Successfully (G.I.R.L.S.) FAQs
What is the G.I.R.L.S. Program?
The G.I.R.L.S. Program is a program developed to work with girls who have violated the law and have substance abuse issues along with a mental health component. The program is broken into 3 phases. In the first phase, the girl is ordered into custody where she will receive services such as drug and alcohol counseling, mental health intervention and possibly trauma therapy. The family is involved in weekly multi-family groups. There is a process of integrating the girls back into the community as they are released on home passes that increase in duration from 4 to 48 hours. Inhome counseling can be provided for the family.
In phase 2, the girl is released from custody. She has to attend AA/NA meetings in the community, keep up with her school obligations and continue with therapy several times a week. In-home counseling is provided for the family.
The 3rd and final phase is to prepare the girls to complete probation. The girls continue with counseling at a lesser rate and attend AA/NA meetings, and are employed or volunteering.
Progress throughout the program is monitored on a regular basis by the Deputy Probation Officer with unannounced home/school visits and drug testing. Bi-monthly Court dates are also scheduled to report progress to the Judge and deal with any violations until the girls formally graduate from the G.I.R.L.S. Program and complete probation successfully.
What is my time commitment as a parent of a girl in the G.I.R.L.S. Program?
The G.I.R.L.S. Program is an intensive program that requires a lot of family involvement. The amount of time may vary throughout the program.
You will be required to participate in the Parent Project®, a parenting program. There are multi-family groups to attend on a weekly basis for a time and there is a court date for a full morning every other month.
The more involved the parents are in this program, the more successful their daughters will be.
What is the G.I.R.L.S. Program going to cost me?
There are costs for attending the Parent Project® on a sliding scale. There is also a cost for incarceration, Electronic Monitoring, and home supervision when it applies. For further information, please call the Probation Department at (650) 312-8816 or ask your child’s Deputy Probation Officer.
Who qualifies for the G.I.R.L.S. Program?
The program is designed to work with girls who have not been successful in non-custodial programming or probation. The program focuses on substance abuse and mental health issues. Entrance into the program requires a recommendation from a Deputy Probation Officer and acceptance by the Judge.
What services are provided by the G.I.R.L.S. Program?
The G.I.R.L.S. Program is a collaboration with mental health, alcohol and drug, and rape trauma resources as well as many others. All of these services will be provided to your daughter as needed.
How long will my daughter be in custody for the G.I.R.L.S. Program?
There are a number of factors taken into consideration regarding when a girl will be released. Some of these include the involvement of the family, the girl’s success and progress while in custody, and the availability of a supportive environment once the girl is released. A girl will only be released to a drug and alcohol free environment that is supportive.
Can I see my daughter while she is in the program?
You can see your daughter on visitation days after making an appointment. Also, after approximately 30 days, your daughter will be released on home visits. These will begin with a 4 hour structured outing combined with treatment and work up to 48 hour visits, leading up to release from custody.
Where can I get more information about the G.I.R.L.S. Program?
You will receive a packet of information when your daughter is accepted into the program. You can also contact the Probation Department and speak with the supervisor who oversees the program.