About the Program
The Girls’ Rehabilitation Facility (GRF) is an intensive, highly structured program serving up to 50 girls between the ages of 13 and 17 1/2. GRF’s philosophy focuses on Cognitive Restructuring – that behavior is based on thought, attitudes, and beliefs. The goal is to provide a safe, structured, and caring environment, which promotes each girl's personal growth. An individualized treatment plan is tailored for each girl addressing specific treatment needs to modify her behavior patterns and attitudes. Room confinement and markdowns have been replaced with Thinking Reports and Thinking Essays. This affords the wards the opportunity to think about their actions and to determine what they should have done to better control their behavior. The ultimate goal is for the minor to think before they act. The programs offered are designed to meet the personal, emotional, and educational needs of the girls placed by the Juvenile Court. Court commitments to the Breaking Cycles program range from 150 days to 365 days. An on-site, state-certified school operates 5 days a week meeting each girl’s educational needs. Tutoring is available for GED study and remedial work. The credits are transferable to all San Diego County school districts.
Visiting hours are conducted twice weekly on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings. Only parents or legal guardians are allowed to visit on these days. All visitors must have a valid picture identification card. Small children and other friends and relatives are not allowed. No personal belongings (i.e. purses, cellular phones, backpacks, and sunglasses) are allowed. GRF provides lockers for your personal belongings. Outside mail or pictures are not allowed. All mail that comes into the facility must go through the United States Postal Service.
Thursday hours are as follows:
5:30 - 6:00 PM Parent Orientation (one time only)
6:00 - 7:00 PM Family Counseling (doors are locked by 6:10 p.m.)
7:00 - 8:00 PM Visiting (doors will reopen and remain open until 8:00 p.m.)
Sunday hours are as follows:
8:30 - 9:00 AM Parent Orientation
9:00 - 10:00 AM Parent Empowerment (doors are locked by 10:10 AM)
10:00 - 11:00 AM Visiting (doors will reopen at 10:00 AM)
Parent Orientation gives GRF staff the opportunity to discuss with parents the GRF rules, visiting hours, detailed information pertaining to the program phases, personal hygiene items, and the expectations for their child. Through this orientation, parents are given the information regarding their child’s program and all questions and concerns are addressed.
Family Counseling is provided every Thursday evening. This is a group session that offers parents additional tools and parenting tips to assist in the transition of the child back home. Those wishing to participate in individual family sessions should contact the GRF’s Mental Health staff.
Parent Empowerment offers additional tools to assist parents to help their child change their behavior that brought them before the Court.
Parents are allowed to purchase 1 snack and 1 drink for themselves and their daughter from the GRF vending machines prior to visiting their daughter. Some restrictions may apply.
Personal Hygiene items
GRF provides all wards with basic toiletries and necessary clothing. However; when the minor reaches the Journey phase of the program she is eligible to receive special personal hygiene items. These items are provided by the minor’s parents if they choose to purchase them. The types of items that will be acceptable are discussed during the parent orientation. These items can only be brought into the facility the first week the minor reaches Journey. Replacement products can be brought in the first Thursday and Sunday of each month during visiting.
CLOTHING AND SUPPLY LIST
NO RED, BLUE, OR GREEN COLORED PRODUCTS
Ensure that the items you bring DO NOT CONTAIN ALCOHOL, METAL, GLITTER, AND ARE NOT MEDICATED. NO GLASS, OR BREAKABLE CONTAINERS, LOTION PUMPS, SPRAY PUMPS, OR AEROSOL SPRAYS WILL BE ACCEPTED. ALL ITEMS MUST BE NEW AND IN ORIGINAL PACKAGING. If any item is sent back you can replace the item the first Sunday & Thursday of the following month.
(SUAVE OR MOTIONS PRODUCTS ONLY)
1- Body puff
BASKET/CONTAINERS -No Handles
1 White Toiletries basket 11”x 8”x4” 1-body wash
White toothbrush holder 1-body lotion (no pump)
1-chap stick (black & white) or Carmex Stix(yellow) brand lip balm
3-hair accessories (no metal parts) 1-hair gel, grease, or hair lotion (Suave, Motions or AmiPro Pro Style
1- 6” small tooth plastic comb (no handles)
1- 8” (or shorter) plastic brush w/soft nylon bristles
Two to three weeks prior to the wards scheduled release, her Probation Officer is notified and all the necessary paperwork is initiated. The parent or guardian will be contacted by a GRF staff the day prior to the minor’s release. The parents will be instructed to bring clean clothes and shoes for the minor. The parent will also need to provide identification for the minor to be released to them.
There are 5 phases that each ward must pass in order to be eligible for release. These phases are Boarding, Departure, Journey, Arrival, and Destination. Each phase has expectations, as well as earned privileges. Part of this requirement is that each ward completes all Task Curriculum- Autobiography, Offense Ownership, Victim Empathy, Relapse and Recidivism Plan, Special Program Essay, School and Work Essay, 6 month and 1 year goals, and an Exit Summary. Once they pass a phase they become eligible for the privileges of the next phase.
Each girl is assigned to a GRF officer who is responsible for ensuring that the ward participates in the various programs which address her treatment needs. Currently, GRF provides the following programs:
- Positive Peer Culture
- Individual, Group, and Family Counseling
- Chemical Dependency Counseling
- Parenting Classes/ Baby Bonding
- Life Skills/Independent Living Skills
- Religious Services
- Gang Intervention Counseling
- Juvenile Court Book Club
- Team Leader Program
- Team Building/Competition
- Leadership Development
- Criminal Conduct Substance Abuse Treatment
- Aggression Replacement Training
- NA/AA Groups
- Self Esteem Group/Gender Specific Issues such as prostitution, eating disorders, relationship violence, etc.
- Girl Scouts
- Staff Excursions
- Character Counts
- Thinking For a Change
- Pet Therapy
- Conflict/Mediation Group
- ROP/Work Readiness
- Health Education
- Making Proud Choice
- Financial Literacy
- Soccer/Running Club
- Teen Relationship Violence
Drug Court Commits
On occasion, wards are committed from Drug Court to complete the GRF program. These minors will complete the program with the same expectations as the minors with Breaking Cycles commitments.
On occasion a ward will be committed to the 21 DAY STOP Program and will fulfill her commitment at GRF. She must successfully pass 21 days to be eligible for release. Parents do not need to attend orientation and their daughters will not be eligible for personal hygiene items.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who is eligible to visit my daughter?
A: The minor’s parent(s) or guardian.
Q: If my daughter has a child or infant, is she allowed visits with them while she is in custody?
A: If approved by her Probation Officer, a one-hour visit once a week will be scheduled to allow the mother and child bonding time.
Q: How long is the program and when can I expect her to be released?
A: The program is approximately 10 ½ weeks, but can be extended based on negative behavior.
Q: Whom do I contact if there is a family emergency?
A: Call GRF at (858) 694-4510, ask for the Supervisor or Senior Officers.
Q: Is my daughter required to attend school?
A: Every resident in GRF attends Sierra Vista school daily, excluding weekends. All of the credits she earned can be transferred to San Diego city schools. Your child must be detained for 21 or more days (including their time at KMJDF) to accrue credits. You can contact the school at (858) 694-4686.
Q: How long will my child be at Juvenile Hall if she is Administratively Removed (AR’d) from GRF.
A: It will depend on the severity of the situation. Typically, the average stay is 5 days.
Q: What can I send my daughter in the mail?
A: They can receive unlimited correspondence and appropriate photos. The photos cannot be gang related or refer to drugs and alcohol use. They cannot write to or receive mail from anyone in custody.
Q: Can I send my daughter calling cards?
A: No, unfortunately all calls have to be received collect. If your telephone does not accept collect calls you can contact GRF to get information and details on how to get this changed.
Q: What can I do to support my child while she is in GRF?
A: Participate in family counseling, parent empowerment, visiting, accept their collect calls, and send encouraging mail.