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Causes: Children & Youth, Foster Care

Mission: Rcs' mission: to improve the lives of children, youth and families by providing community support and quality therapeutic services. Rcs believes that through staff commitment and providing a sense of community, we will assist our youth to develop healing relationships.

Programs: Specialty mental health - redwood community services established a counseling center in 2002 to improve the lives of children, youth, and families in our community through supportive and intensive services, including individual, family, and group therapy. The counseling center program has evolved into the behavioral health services (bhs) program that it is today, offering specialized therapeutic and behavioral services to youth, adults, and families across the lifespan. Our clinical services are fully integrated with all of our residential treatment, emergency shelter, and crisis care services. 1,473 clients served, providing 2,745,559 units of service.

foster family agency - rcs has been providing foster care services since its incorporation in 1995. Our foster care programs are designed to create a supported living environment for youth in the foster care system. Youth are placed with approved resource families, who are educated through a multi-faceted training program in order to prepare them for meeting the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of the youth in their care. To address the differing needs of the children and youth within the foster care system and the complexity of family dynamics, redwood community services offers an array of foster care options. 126 clients served, providing 16,634 days of care.

mendocino county children's center (mccc) | level 10 | opening in 2005, mccc is a 30-day assessment center providing provide a safe environment for youth and their families in crisis to stabilize their behavior and anxiety as well as adjust to being away from family, foster family or previous placement. During the youth's stay they receive intense therapeutic services and support and attend school in the community. At the completion of their stay, an appropriate safe placement recommendation is made which may include reunification with family, foster parent, or identification of what level of group care the in which the youth could be successful. 43 clients served, providing 1,509 days of care.

mendocino house/cam's place - a level 12 residentially based services (rbs) pilot program for mendocino county children and youth, ages 10-17 years old serving 27 youth, providing 3,209 days of care. After leaving the residential care, 10 youth, with 1,560 kids days were provided in the community care phase of rbs. Wraparound services, provided to lake county families, is an intensive, holistic method of engaging with individuals with complex needs (most typically children, youth, and their families) so that they can live in their homes and communities and realize their hopes and dreams. During 2016 wraparound services serviced 24 youths, providing 3,305 days of care. Family strengthening and support program (fssp) - implemented in 2017, fssp is a first level prevention and early intervention program following evidence-based practices, known as differential response. Families are diverted into this voluntary program when there is some level of rise identified but does not meet criteria for court intervention. The staff follow each family's lead and culture, promoting safety and wellness, with the shared goal of preserving the family and preventing potential child welfare involvement. Family wrap - in 2014, redwood community services collaborated with lake county to provide a prevention and early intervention program designed to provide a differential response model to child welfare and probation families. This new program, family wrap, combined the philosophy and practice of redwood community services' accredited wraparound program and created a short-term preventative model in order to reach youth and their families before things escalated and required county intervention. Employing a family systems approach, and building upon the ten principles of wraparound, family wrap seeks to lessen identified risks by linking the family back into their community and natural support network while maximizing on the functional strengths of the family. 65 families were served, providing 4,468 days of services. Transitional services (previously stepping stones) serves teens and young adults in foster care, assisting with housing, financial independence, community resources to provide support in the transition from adolescence to adulthood in mendocino county. The tay well-ness program, supported by mental health services act (mhsa) funding, provides an array of services to transition age youth, 18-24 years old, who are specifically in need of mental health services as well as independent living skills support. Opening in 2016, gibson house is a mental health supportive housing program with staff on site 24/7. Gibson combines supervision and a therapeutic milieu with independent living and life skills training. Haven house serves lps conserved clients 25 years and over. Haven house is an assisted outpatient living center with a therapeutic milieu with independent living and life skills training. Transitional services served 59 youth, providing 8,326 days of care. Drug medi-cal (home) program - implemented in 2012, healthy opportunities for mothering experiences (home) is designed to be a place for perinatal pregnant and parenting mothers struggling with substance abuse to come receive treatment, build community, and nurture opportunities to build connections with their children. The program is intended to improve the health and wellbeing of women, children and family members and increase family reunification. Home is a day treatment program that provides integrated, comprehensive treatment; educational, occupational, vocational, and activity services to perinatal women; and therapeutic services to their families. Mothers attend treatment for approximately three hours a day, four times a week for four months. Nest - the nurturing education and skills training (nest) program is a long-term residential program that opened in 2013 to serve homeless pregnant and/or parenting youth ages 18-21. The services offered are designed to help young adults make a positive transition to self-sufficient living and successful parenting. Our goal is that young adults complete an individualized life skills program and acquire the tools and resources to live independently and raise their children in the community. Served 14 clients/families - 1,516 days of servicearbor youth resource center - established 2008, the arbor is a resource facility for all youth in the community to access services, smoothing the transition to adulthood, while providing social, emotional, and physical supports and programs. Education support classes, housing mentorship, well-being, employment and other services are offered through these centers for any youth ages 14-25. These centers focus particularly on resources and services that promote opportunities to engage youth as partners and provide youth the opportunity to develop the real life skills necessary to succeed as citizens and workers. The arbor drug-free coalition, grip program, teen peer court, workforce innovation and opportunities act (wioa), calworks expanded subsidized employment are some of the programs operated by the arbor. The rcs homeless services community center provides specialized support services for people experiencing homelessness. The center operates from a low barrier housing first perspective - meaning that there are few to no barriers in place to prohibit people from accessing services and shelter. For example, guests of the center are not required to be sober, compliant with mental health or addiction treatment plans, or to agree to participate in programs to receive services and housing support. Instead, guests are welcomed to the community center to find safety among people experiencing similar challenges and access support that meets them where they are at. The goal is not simply to get people off the streets, but to provide a comprehensive array of supports that assist people in achieving stability and moving forward with their lives. By providing shelter, housing connections, and support in a person-centered environment, the community center engages guests to create an atmosphere of trust where opportunities for change can be discovered. Rapid re-housing (rrh) is offered through the center. Rrh is a program offering housing case management services and short-term rental assistance. The community center and emergency shelter are overseen by a community council, which is comprised of the center staff, community center guests, neighboring residents and businesses, partnering agencies and organizations, and other interested community members. Community center guests would be invited to contribute by volunteering time and energy toward activities, such as work in the community garden.

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Rating: 1

Ex-Trinity employees continuing their dysfunctional service to "help children". They are in the business of children and and taking state and federal money to make money for them selves and do so.
They have placed some of the most dangerous and dysfunctional teen agers in homes that have no business being in a home, rather belong in mental facility that can give them the services they need.
Redwood Community Services claims they have the resources and know how to deal with these issues, but they don't. Look at the news articles of Trinity Residential School and Treatment Center during the 80's, 90's, and 00's. These people had a horrible record, and these are the same clowns running Redwood Community Services.
More than 2/3 of these people could not pass a drug and/or marijuana test. Heavy drug culture and they work with troubled children. Attend a staffs wedding, company function, or employee party and the local weed will be plenty. Great role models!!!


Rating: 5

RCS is one of the most trusted and family oriented agencies in Mendocino County! They have the largest variety of services in the area. I have donated goods & money for years and I always know where it goes. Every year they do a fabulous job on raising money for Youth Empowerment Camp in the Summer & also their Christmas effort in the winter. I'm happy to continue to donate annually to help children & youth in our community. This is a very well known and respected company in our area and I am proud to continue to help in any way I can. Camille Schraeder is one of the most caring individuals I know!

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