Young Adult Court (YAC)
What is Young Adult Court?
Young Adult Court (YAC) in San Francisco was established in summer 2015 for eligible young adults, ages 18-25. The court strives to align opportunities for accountability and transformation with the unique needs and developmental stage of this age group. The case load is approximately 60-80 clients. Partner agencies include the Superior Court, Office of the District Attorney, Office of the Public Defender, the Department of Public Health, Adult Probation Department, Department of Children, Youth and their Families, the San Francisco Police Department and Felton Institute: Family Service Agency of SF and Leaders in Community Alternatives.
Community treatment and case management is provided by Felton Institute which uses a trauma-informed model for service delivery including intensive case management and therapeutic assessments for clients who are facing misdemeanor or felony crimes. Felton provides a strengths-based and client-centered approach with youth who also are challenged by substance abuse and co-occurring disorders and are deemed high-risk to reoffend in the community. Clients are ideally engaged in YAC for a period of at least one year by transitioning through four phases, with an ongoing relationship of care in the areas of job readiness, housing, educational support and parenting.
Dr. Robin Ortiz