The Family Intervention Team Foundation was authorized by the Sutter County Board
of Supervisors to provide an opportunity to secure support not otherwise available
from governmental sources for activities being provided to youth and families being
served by Sutter County multi-departmental teams. The Foundation Board of Directors
is comprised of a mix of business and government leaders representing the community.
The creation of this Foundation has allowed expanded community participation in
specific services designated for families who are experiencing serious difficulty
and are involved with multiple county departments, and local law enforcement agencies.
The Foundation provides tax exempt status for donations and bequests and serves
the community at expense to local government.
The population and caseload of most Sutter County social service agencies, juvenile
courts, law enforcement agencies and schools have changed dramatically during the
last decade. Both the behavior and attitude of youth involved in the dependency
and wardship process has become far more complex. Local schools are increasingly
involved in student and family problems that impact all elements of our community.
More serious and violent criminal activity as well as escalating substance abuse
presented by both children and members of their family demonstrates this complexity.
In addition increasingly serious emotional and physical health problems of children
and families are being identified.
In 1998, Sutter County officials, aware of the devastating ramifications of substance
abuse, violence and poor health reflected in the lives of the youth now being seen
in our various service systems, began a rethinking of approaches to assisting youth
in our community to become competent capable adults.
The Family Intervention Team Policy Group is comprised of representation from: Department
of Human Services, Probation Department, Sheriff's Department, County Superintendent
of Schools, Yuba City Unified School District, Child Protective Services, Employment
Services, Mental Health, Welfare and Social Services, Public Health, Alta California
Regional Center, Victor Community Support Services.
The group meets weekly to discuss youth and families and their needs, and reviews
the actions by the various agencies to meet these needs.