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STOP SHORT of Addiction and Brief Strategic Family Therapy

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For more information about SHORTSTOP please contact: (714) 480-1925

Adam Sattar,
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Natalie Sanchez,
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"I truly appreciate this program. It has helped me communicate better with my kids. I feel like it is the start to the rest of their life."

"I am so grateful for this program and how it has positively affected my son and our relationship." -SHORTSTOP Parent




SHORTSTOP/Programa SHORTSTOP  Promoting Safe Youth


programa shortstop
SHORTSTOP® is a unique juvenile crime diversion program developed in 1980 for juvenile offenders and their families and culturally adapted in 1989 and offered in Spanish. As a cost-effective, comprehensive alternative to prosecution, SHORTSTOP utilizes effective, science-based models for reducing delinquency among youth with incorporated strong restorative justice plans.
SHORTSTOP teaches the offenders to take responsibility for their actions through decision-making strategies designed to result in positive future choices. SHORTSTOP breaks the cycle that turns young people into repeat offenders by using three simple concepts: reach youth early; involve the parents; and use a graphic courtroom setting with legal professionals and actual prisoners.
Additionally, through linkages with community partnerships, SHORTSTOP provides comprehensive wrap around services. SHORTSTOP is part of a system reform approach that collaborates with key justice stakeholders on Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative efforts in Orange County.  
Juvenile offenders, 11-17 and their parents participate in several sessions held at night in a courtroom where volunteer attorneys, legal professionals and parolees dramatically present the "legal facts of life". SHORTSTOP teaches:
  •   Consequences of criminal behavior
  •   Value of freedom
  •   Accountability for actions
  •   Peer pressure
  •   Family communication/
           conflict resolution
  •   Awareness of drugs, alcohol, gangs
           & victims
  •   Positive future choices
  •   Case Management & Counseling