Competency Development Services (Formerly known as RJP)


Helping Young People Focus on Positive Choices, Lifestyles and Education


The Competency Development Services (CDS) is a prevention entity that provides services to first-time juvenile offenders, ages 12-18 by helping them to make the right choices and commit to a constructive, fulfilling and productive lifestyle. The program aims to develop life skills in juvenile justice-involved youths through individual, family, school and community involvement. CDS redirects young offenders by encouraging them to develop attributes and strengths that may not have an outlet at home, including artistic, sports, or musical expression and training. The program also encourages youth to take responsibility for their choices; recognize and map to positive role models; and be accountable, so that they don’t fall into the same negative or risky behavior. CDS is designed to provide youth with a safety net for getting back on the right track before it’s too late. It offers competency development skills in the areas of substance abuse prevention, law related education, violence and gang prevention, community service learning, and individual and family counseling for 8-10 sessions and up to 14 for some clients. The program focuses on accountability, developmental assets/skill building, relationship building, empathy, risk avoidance, and community involvement.  The goal of the program is to reduce crime and delinquency by targeting repetitive offenders and at-risk youth.  Also, to prevent youth from involvement or further penetration in the juvenile justice system, re-offending, violating probation or returning to custody.





Helping youth in the Juvenile Justice system strengthen their relationships and coping skills


The Direct Referral Program (DRP) provides counseling and life skills education for youth ages -14 and under who are first-time offenders in the Juvenile Justice System.  DRP provides screening, assessment, prevention, and intervention services to youth and their families in order to divert them from further penetration with the juvenile justice system and preclude any arrest record.  The program serves all qualified youth ages 14 and under and youth in the Dependency System, who have had a qualifying citation issued. In collaboration with the Santa Clara County Juvenile Department of Probation, San Jose Police Department, Bill Wilson Center, and Community Solutions, the DRP aims to improve and build upon youth’s relationships and coping skills.


Youth are referred to DRP through assigned Probation Officers, according to designated zip codes.


Services for youth 11 years of age and younger, and their families include Mental Health Assessment, Treatment Plans, Individual and Family Therapy (10-20 sessions), and Parenting Classes using the Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) curriculum.  The STEP program will help parents learn effective ways to relate to their children from birth through adolescence by using parent education study groups.


Children’s Services for Ages 0-5 (Home Visitation)


Caring and Help Early on can Start a Child on the Right Path for a Lifetime


Children’s Services for Ages 0-5 supports families with young children who are exhibiting behavioral issues or physical disabilities. This intelligent and professional intervention can make a huge difference in the ability of a family to cope with the unique challenges of raising a special needs child. ARCC offers culturally and linguistically sensitive in-home services for parents who need training in positive parenting skills, nutrition counseling and early literacy. These services enable parents to strengthen families and ready their children for kindergarten.


Through its convenient, home-based programs and workshops, ARCC is able to offer opportunities and advantages that families might not yet be able to obtain on their own. The importance of readying a child for kindergarten cannot be overstated; one essential part of that readiness involves decreasing environmental stressors and helping the family to be positive and strong for the child. Sensitivity to the challenges that the family itself is going through is an integral part of the program. Supporting parents as they deal with the child helps to ensure a good learning environment in which important new skills can be learned and reinforced.


ARCC’s Home Visitation Program aims to prevent child abuse and to educate and support parents in learning effective childcare and child-rearing skills. The program also helps build families and teach crisis and stress management to create a safe, positive and caring environment for an at-risk child.


Home Visitation is a Santa Clara County FIRST 5 funded program and implemented in collaboration with a cadre of local non-profit organizations.



Community Access for Prevention Activities (CAPA)


CAPA (Community Access to Prevention Activities), serving the San Jose community, aims to prevent child abuse before it begins. To reach its goals, CAPA relies on culturally and linguistically sensitive counseling as it assists families who are at risk of abuse. CAPA is a community-based violence preventing program, which offers education outreach, workshops, and support groups specifically designed for underserved and marginalized families. Program components include; Outreach at community events; solution oriented workshops and parent workshops.



24 Hour Mobile Crisis Response & Counseling (MCRC)


MCRC is a unique program with a 3 tier service delivery design that provides truancy reduction services in the form of short term individual family and group counseling, educational assemblies, 24/7 mobile community response support line services, case management and resource linkage with longer term counseling services when necessary.  The Focus of services is to decrease or prevent truancy and penetration into the juvenile justice system.  As well as other symptoms that present barriers to academic success, while increasing family cohesion.  Through our 24 hours a day, 7 days a week support Line we provide de-escalation, stabilization and resource referrals to youth and families in immediate crisis situations.  School, Community and clinic Service interventions include assessment, stabilization, referrals to other resources and on-site intermediary counseling. It also includes after-care services to the youth and their families as needed following any immediate response.  After-care services may include further counseling, case management, referrals, and other appropriate services. 


24/7 Hotline number: (408) 294-0579.



Crisis Intervention for Youth (CIPY)


Taking Action to Provide Support and Prevent Tragic Outcomes


Crisis Intervention for Youth (CIPY) provides case management, counseling, and group structured activities for youth ages 13 to 17.  ARCC offers four cycles of CIPY per year for young people with a history of involvement with the juvenile justice system and who need additional support to function in their family and community. CIPY provides one-on-one counseling services, as well as weekly support groups. The goal of this intensive curriculum is to help young people develop a sense of self—away from the many negative influences to which they were susceptible. CIPY provides an encouraging, respectful and culturally sensitive environment, where youth can share their feelings and build trust. CIPY not only provides education, guidance and support to the highest risk youth, it gives them something more essential, lasting and important—a chance at a better future.



Truancy Reduction Services


School is Where Bright Horizons Begin


Alum Rock Counseling Center’s Truancy Reduction Services focus on removing or mitigating barriers to attending school. The goal of this culturally sensitive program is to change poor school attendance by creating a positive learning environment. Young people who are deemed truant are referred for a minimum of 90 day case management. Case managers not only track school attendance and performance, they communicate with teachers and parents to support solution focused conversations at meeting the youth’s needs in order to increase school attendance.





ARCC’s Mentor Program is a component of our Ocala Middle School Program.  We understand that mentors act as role models and guides to their mentees, offering encouragement and support, suggesting alternative points of view and providing resources to the mentee in order for them to reach individualized and academic goals throughout the year.   The program utilizes two types of mentoring models: group and one-on-one mentoring.



Group Mentoring: Group mentoring is utilized solely during students’ first year of participation (6th grade).  Groups of five students meet with one mentor on a bi-weekly basis. The first hour of these group mentoring sessions focuses on academics and includes time for homework.  The second hour of the group mentoring sessions focuses on team-building and recreational activities.



One-on-One Mentoring:  The one-on-one mentoring model is utilized for students’ second and third year of participation (7th and 8th grades).  With one-on-one mentoring, each adult mentor is assigned to only one mentee and commits to spending a minimum of 6 hours per month (ideally, 2 hours per week) with the mentee for one academic year. In these weekly meetings, mentors assist youth in developing strategies to overcome their personal and academic barriers and achieve their individualized goals.


Prevention & Early Intervention Services


The Alum Rock Counseling Center (ARCC) is working closely with local school districts to deliver Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) services in East and Central San Jose. Employing evidence-based practices, PEI services are targeting high-risk youth and their families with the goal of preventing, reducing, and eliminating mental health illness that may be inhibiting academic success and family wellness. Services include; Case management and linkage, Behavior Support Services at school and home if needed, Strengthening Families Workshops and individual and family therapy.


Counseling Internships


ARCC provides internship opportunities for MFT and ASW students enrolled in practicum classes from local universities.  Individual and Group supervision per BBS guidelines is provided by licensed clinicians. The ARCC intern program helps to prepare tomorrow’s mental health practitioners to better understand and support the special needs of high-risk, disenfranchised individuals by providing diverse, holistic training opportunities in homes, schools, clinics, one-on-one, and in group settings.


Interns provide therapy in Spanish or English on multiple school sites located in East and Central San Jose.