In the News: Caminar CEO Speaks on Childhood Trauma

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Our CEO, Mark Cloutier, was honored to be invited by the United States Consulate as part of the US State Department’s Speaker Program to speak last week at the Family Centre's Adverse Childhood Experiences 2019 Conference.

The Royal Gazette covered the conference and interviewed Mark about the impact of ACEs on the health and well-being of our society. 

Mark states, “A good way to frame what Aces offers us is, it’s really the unaddressed non-infectious public health emergency of our lifetime, in that we now have the evidence from an epidemiological perspective — what is a major driver of lifetime adult chronic diseases.”

Read more.

In the News: San Jose Inside Reports on Recent Vandalism at the LGBTQ Youth Space

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Our LGBTQ Youth Space, a program of our Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley division, was vandalized over the weekend. The door and three windows were smashed. We don't know the motivation behind the vandalism, but our team feels fortunate the damage was not worse, no one was harmed, and we remain operational. We are heartened by the outpouring of love and support from the local community. San Jose Inside reported on the incident, which you may read here.

In the News: KRON 4 News Reports on Recent Vandalism at our LGBTQ Youth Space


We are sad to share that our The LGBTQ Youth Space drop-in center, a program of our Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley division, was vandalized over the weekend. Yet, we are deeply thankful to neighbor businesses and community members who have stepped up with support, encouragement, concern, and even donations for repairs.

KRON 4 News reported on the incident, which may be viewed here.

In the News: Caminar Program Offers Mental Health Safety Net

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The San Mateo Daily Journal today featured news of Caminar’s Assisted Outpatient Treatment, or AOT, program offered by San Mateo County’s Health Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Division.

As the article states, "the program is aimed at meeting the needs of those whose conditions have worsened at home or jail or have made it difficult to function well in their communities.” Furthermore, it is estimated that “more than $700,000 in costs were not incurred by county services, which include incarceration as well as psychiatric hospitalizations and emergency visits, because clients were served by the AOT program.”

Read more at The Daily Journal.

In the News: LGBTQ Programs Director on KCBS Radio


KCBS Radio recently aired a segment on an LGBTQ homeless shelter nearing approval in Santa Clara County. Representatives from our LGBTQ programs were on hand for the press conference ahead of the approval vote. Adrienne Keel, director of LGBTQ programs for our Family & Children Services division, spoke of how the LGBTQ community experiences a disproportionate amount of discrimination from landlords and the specific needs that would be addressed by this shelter. Learn more at KCBS.

On Tuesday, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved the shelter, which will be only the second LGBTQ-dedicated shelter in the country.

San Mateo Daily Journal Features Caminar and Project Ninety Merger

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The San Mateo Daily Journal featured news of the Caminar and Project Ninety merger last week. 

As the article states, "A merger between two longtime San Mateo nonprofits with decades of experience providing behavioral health services and substance use treatment is set to bolster the resources available to those managing mental health conditions."

Read more at The Daily Journal.

In the News: Teen FAST Program on Telemundo with Blanca Garza


We were thrilled to have our Teen FAST Program featured on the leading Spanish-language news station in the Bay Area, Telemundo, recently. The broadcast now is available for viewing online!

Emmy Award-winning anchor and reporter Blanca Garza visited with several of the program participants and members of our program team at Andrew Hill High School, one of our partner school sites. Parents and youth shared how being part of FAST has affected their lives, and Program Manager Alicia Garcia Escobedo spoke to why we are so invested in this work. Principal Jose H. Hernandez also spoke with Ms. Garza about how well the FAST Program helps to advance his goals for the school community.

Click to view the story on Telemundo’s site.

We have been offering the FAST Program, which uses the research-based Families and Schools Together model, since 1993 and pioneered the adaptation of the model for families who primarily speak Spanish at home. In 2012, in response to the rise in youth gang violence, we shifted the program from area elementary schools to high schools. Today, we offer services in partnership with Andrew Hill High, Independence High, and Yerba Buena High, all in east San Jose.

The FAST Program model is widely recognized for its effectiveness in engaging and empowering at-risk youth to make positive life choices and in strengthening families. It has been named a Promising Program by the Center for Mental Health Services, a Model Program by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), a Model Program by Strengthening America’s Families, and an Exemplary Program by Title V (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention/OJJDP, U.S. Department of Justice). Our program is actively engaged in the City of San Jose Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force.

The model is unique in making a two-year commitment to youth and their families and in engaging youth as program leaders and role models.

The Teen FAST curriculum increases self-esteem, improves students’ academic engagement, increases pro-social engagement, develops peer support networks, and strengthens family functioning. We have augmented the curriculum with expanded education about gangs, the juvenile justice system, the effects of traumatic events, and skill-building in wellness and self-care.

Our thanks to the funders of the Teen FAST Program, who make possible our free and comprehensive services: the Cisco Foundation, the City of San Jose B.E.S.T. Program, Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Programs, the Leo M. Shortino Family Foundation, and the Morrison & Foerster Foundation.