Centro CHA most heavily prides itself on the case management and personalized approach it takes to support its community.
To ensure that each youth seeking services receives the right path to success, Centro CHA pairs them with a case manager and immediately assesses their needs from the first conversation. From there, the case manager can determine which program is best suited to help them achieve their goals. This one-on-one relationship provides accountability for the youth and a familiar face as they navigate through the process.
Centro CHA also offers a variety of in-house, educational support to help those who are looking to further their education or receive their GED. A case manager will work with the individual to prepare the proper paperwork and or enroll them in GED preparation courses.
Post Secondary Education assistance is also available for students looking to further their education and enroll in college or university. Case managers can present financial assistance options such as FAFSA or look for other ways to support their financial needs.
To enroll in a GED preparation course please visit our office.
Those who enter Centro CHA’s diversionary program typically do not enter a plea when they come to court (at their arraignment) after being arrested. Instead, they are literally diverted to the Centro CHA’s to enroll in our programs and are often required to go through a job training program, complete community service, enroll in school or be placed in our onsite GED preparation classes. In some programs, defendants plead guilty but the plea isn’t formally entered into the court system; the plea is erased upon successful completion of the program.
Programs can last from six months to a year or more. Diversionary programs also emphasize counseling, treatment, and behavior modification over punitive measures. Often, participants must agree to attend classes and vocational training, participate in individual or group therapy or counseling, perform community service work, make restitution to any victim, and pay fines. When participants successfully complete the program, the case returns to court and the matter is dismissed or a lesser offense is charged. If the case is dismissed, usually the record of the arrest is not sealed or otherwise destroyed, however. In some situations, Centro CHA can assist participants in the additional step of seeking to expunge, or seal, the record of the case.
If participants do not complete diversion or are discharged from the program for failure to adhere to its terms (or for subsequent criminal behavior), the case returns to court for prosecution. At that time the defendant must enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. Defendants typically pay for their diversion program, by paying restitution to the court.