Juvenile Delinquency, Diversion and Intervention We can help.

We provide a wide range of services to help youth and their families stay on track. Our services include juvenile delinquency program, a community assessment team, and an after-school achievement center.


BridgeWays Outpatient Clinic
7364 El Cajon Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92115

Clinic Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9am – 6pm

Tuesday, Thursday
9am – 8pm

BridgeWays Program Details:

We provide the following five programs:

  • Community Assessment Team: provides individualized supportive case management and links youth dealing with behavioral, social or juvenile justice issues and their families with needed resources and services in Central and East regions of San Diego County.
  • Juvenile Diversion/Alternatives to Detention: helps high-risk youth referred by law enforcement, school personnel, community-based organizations or their families to stay on track and prevent future contact with the juvenile justice system.
  • Juvenile Delinquency Program: provides clinical, and field support services for youth who are justice involved or at risk of justice involvement up to age 21.
  • Cool Bed: is a voluntary short-term residential placement for youth (ages 12 to 17) that provides temporary shelter and structured yet nurturing supervision from a certified host family, providing youth and their families an up to two-week, cooling-off period.
  • La Mesa Achievement Center: This after-school rehabilitative program is a resource, providing youth services and empowerment utilizing positive youth development, restorative practices, and trauma-informed care to support youth successfully completing terms of probation to prevent further justice involvement.
  • CHOICE: is a 7-days a week program that provides intensive mentorship for youth ages 11-18 on formal juvenile probation to support them in making positive choices while completing court order mandates in the following zip codes: 92113, 92114, 92115, 92102, 92105.

Community Assessment Team

CAT is a multi-agency prevention and intervention program for families with school-age youth (6 - 18) who may be at risk for future involvement in the juvenile justice system. Our community assessment team provides individualized supportive case management and links youth dealing with behavioral, social or juvenile justice issues and their families with needed resources and services in Central and East regions of  San Diego County.

The goal of CAT is to provide services to reduce the number of youth that enter the juvenile justice system or re-offend while on probation by focusing on the unique strengths and needs of individual youths and supporting and teaching families how to access and receive community resources.

We provide the following services:

  • Connecting families to available community services
  • Providing a timely and comprehensive risk assessment of youth and their families
  • Developing a strength-based family service plan, in partnership with family
  • Monitoring youth and family success with the family-based service plan
  • Access to home visitation
  • Linkage to crisis intervention 24hours/7 days per week

What are some of the risk factors?

  • Chronic behavior problems
  • Truancy related issues
  • School disciplinary issues
  • Family issues
  • Out of control behavior
  • Substance abuse problems
  • Domestic/teen relationship violence issues
  • Parental/familial incarceration or criminality
  • Truancy-related issues
  • School or educational needs
  • Family support
  • Runaways
  • Substance use or abuse
  • Domestic/teen relationship violence
  • Mental health
  • History of trauma
  • Loss of parent or caregiver

How do you access services?

Youth or family members may refer themselves by contacting their nearest CAT program. Other referral sources include:

  • Schools
  • Police
  • Probation officers
  • Counselors
  • Faith community members

Download our brochure (Link to new brochure here).

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The San Diego County Probation Department has contracted with the following five community-based organizations to provide services and referrals for services through this program: South Bay Community Services, Casa Familiar, Logan Heights Community Development Corporation, COMPACT and North County Lifeline.

Multi-disciplinary CAT programs are composed of case managers, alcohol & drug specialists, parent educators, and mental health professionals, who are linked to services in the San Diego area. These teams provide assessment, prevention, intervention and referral services to identified at-risk youth and their families.

Outpatient Clinical Services

BridgeWays Outpatient Clinic works with justice involved youth or youth at risk of justice involvement up to age 21 and full-scope Medi-Cal beneficiaries, low income or uninsured.

Services include:

  • Mental Health
  • Psychiatry
  • Substance Abuse Intervention and Recovery
  • Community-based Outreach and Support
  • Family Support Services
  • 24-hour Support

Institutional Services

Juvenile Recovery Specialists and Mental Health Clinicians provide services to youth while they are at one of the three juvenile facilities that the San Diego County Juvenile Probation Department supervises:

  • East Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility
  • Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility
  • Urban Camp

Services include:

  • Screenings and Assessments
  • Group Therapy
  • Release Planning

Field Supportive Services

BridgeWays Field Supportive Services facilitates a continuum of care for youth and their families in the community. Some of these youth are participating in services through:

  • Breaking Cycles Court Order
  • Juvenile Forensic Assistance for Stabilization and Treatment Court
  • Reflections and Youth Day Center North, Youth Day Center Central and community-based therapeutic programming

Services include:

  • Community-based
  • Individual Intervention and Recovery Plans
  • Caregiver Involvement

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