John H. Jones Community Clinics
905 Sacramento Ave. West Sacramento, CA 95605
and 804 Court Street, Woodland, CA 95695
(530) 668-2400

Youth for Recovery pamphlet

Youth for Recovery, or YFR, is a youth drug treatment program serving all of Yolo County run by Communicare Community Clinics. They offer two programs: Afterschool and Day Treatment. The Afterschool program meets 2-3 days per week from 4-5:30 pm in Woodland, and West Sacramento. The Day Treatment program is a more intensive program, meeting five days per week in Woodland (Cache Creek High School). Both individual and group counseling is required. For some, family and mental health counseling is offered. Individuals are drug tested on a regular basis (2-3 times per week in the beginning), and weekly attendance at a NA or AA meeting is also required. Parents are required to attend 8 support group meetings at any time during their child's treatment.

They used to be active in Davis but appear to have stopped holding programs locally.

Dress Code

Youth for Recovery has a dress code. In addition to the usual prohibition against clothing that glorifies drugs or alcohol, or clothing that may be interpreted as demeaning or offensive, there is a prohibition against wearing anything red or blue. Davis kids will need to pay attention to this as most will never think about blue being gang-related, especially when Davis High School's colors are blue and white (Go Blue Devils!) and UCD's colors are blue and gold (Go Ags!). Regardless, Youth for Recovery bans the wearing of blue (or red) to school, treatment or court. (Denim jeans are OK.)

Relapse Policy

Relapse on the program occurs with: The use of any addictive drug or alcohol; The use of any addictive medication or medication containing alcohol (i.e. Nyquil); The use of any other addictive substance; The excessive use of any medication, even if it is not addictive.

Other "positive" tests include failing to test or suspected manipulation of the test, such as a diluted urine test (through adding water to the sample or drinking too much water). These are treated in the same way as a test positive for use of drugs.

If the relapse is revealed due to the urine test, the client is returned to Phase I for 30 days. If the client self-reports prior to testing, they will remain on the current phase, but will need to be clean for 30 days before moving on to the next phase. Even if self-reported, if there is consistent relapses the client may have to attend increased NA/AA meetings, moved back to a previous phase or referred to a residential program (short or long term).

If there is a relapse, the client is given 48 hours to tell their parents and, if on probation, their Probation Officer. Communicare staff are supposed to wait 24 hours before calling the parents and Probation Officer to discuss what will happen with the client's treatment plan, however staff tend to contact Probation immediately.

There have been complaints that the staff also fail to contact parents when there is a problem and by doing so neglects to involve parents in the child's treatment plan. Despite their child's minority status, along with signed releases by the child authorizing the clinic to release information to parents, etc., parents are often left out of the loop. A child can misbehave, miss meetings or even relapse and the parents may never find out from the program staff, unless the child is also appearing in Yolo County Juvenile Drug Court and is informed by the Juvenile Drug Court Judge or Probation Officer or their child voluntarily tells the parent.

Yolo County Drug Court

See also: Juvenile Justice System

While many clients arrive at Youth for Recovery from referrals through schools or physicians, the Yolo County Juvenile Drug Court uses Youth for Recovery as its primary treatment plan for teens that are arrested for drug offenses or other crimes where drugs is thought to be a significant factor, or where there is a violation of probation with substance abuse as an identified issue.

As of August 2008, Juvenile Drug Court provides outpatient drug and alcohol treatment for moderate-high or high risk minors. Those minors that are lower risk will be provided treatment and intervention services without the intensive delinquency-focused setting of the Juvenile Drug Court model.


Afterschool Program - West Sacramento or Woodland: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4:00-5:30 pm Day Treatment Program - Cache Creek School, Woodland: Monday through Friday 10:55-11:35 Parent Meetings: West Sacramento, Thursdays 6-8pm or Woodland, Wednesdays 6-8pm


Clients must complete a screening, M-F 9:00am - 11:00 am, and a subsequent assessment, in order to enroll in the program.

Phases of the Youth for Recovery Program:

  • Phase I: minimum of 2 months + 30 days clean
    • Weekly individual counseling
    • Weekly (2) group counseling meetings
    • Weekly (1) support meeting (NA/AA 12 step)
    • First Step Worksheets (Part 1)
    • Medical appointment (physical)
  • Phase II: minimum 2 months
    • Maintain sobriety and attendance
    • Weekly individual counseling
    • Weekly (2) group counseling meetings
    • Weekly (1) support meeting (NA/AA 12 step)
    • First Step Worksheets (Part 2)
    • Autobiography written and shared with group
  • Phase III: minimum 2 months
    • Maintain sobriety and attendance
    • Weekly individual and group counseling (1)
    • Eight hours community service
    • One support meeting per week (NA/AA 12 step)
  • After care: as needed
    • Maintain sobriety and attendance
    • Weekly individual and group counseling
    • One support meeting per week (NA/AA 12 step)


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