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Youth Services

Youth Services

L.A. CADA currently operates four locations in Los Angeles County and is also housed at other community sites that include the downtown office of the Department of Mental Health and school sites within the East Whittier City School District and all Whittier Union High School District campuses.

Our counselors are trained to work with teens between the ages of 12 to 18 to address their specific needs related to substance abuse. A treatment plan is developed to meet your teen’s needs, and their goals will be addressed through individual and group counseling sessions. Our program offers a safe place for teens to share, learn and develop skills to resist the temptations associated with substance abuse.

Red Flags your teen may be addicted to alcohol and/or drugs:

  • Unpredictable mood swings
  • Change in eating and sleeping patterns
  • Hanging with a new group of friends
  • Negative change in school performance
  • Deterioration of family relationships
  • Loss of interest in hobbies or sports
  • Breaking curfew and lying about whereabouts

“The addiction process happens more quickly in teens than adults.”

If you suspect your teen is using drugs or alcohol…

DO:

  • Talk to them about your suspicions without accusations and judgement
  • Listen to your teen
  • Contact a substance abuse agency for help

DON’T:

  • Threaten to kick them out of the house unless they stop using
  • Blame others for your teen’s substance abuse
  • Patronize or preach to your teen

Care Council Coalition

Members of the CARE Council Coalition noticed a need to increase youth prevention and intervention efforts in the cities of Whittier and Santa Fe Springs. L.A. CADA was awarded federal funding from SAMHSA in 2014 to reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the CARE Council Coalition to create safe and healthy communities where all youth can live in a drug-free environment by reducing and eliminating underage alcohol consumption, marijuana use and other substance use to help youth grow into capable, responsible and healthy young adults through education and mobilization of community members.

Vision Statement

A safe and healthy Whittier and Santa Fe Springs community without underage alcohol consumption, controlled, uncontrolled substances and marijuana use amongst youth.

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Project S.T.O.P. (Smart Techniques of Prevention) was developed to establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, private, nonprofit agencies, Federal, State and local governments to support the efforts of community coalitions to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth.

  • Project S.T.O.P. seeks to accomplish fourgoals:
  • Reducing the number of youth reporting past 30 day use of underage alcohol consumption, substance and marijuana use.
  • Increasing perception of harm for underage alcohol consumption, substance and marijuana use among youth.
  • Decreasing the availability and accessibility of alcohol, controlled/uncontrolled substances and marijuana to youth.
  • Educating, empowering, and mobilizing the community.

Please contact us, administration@lacada.com, for further information regarding collaborations, facilitation of focus groups (youth, parents, community members), events, quarterly meetings, and other ways to get involved. If you would like to share your story and empower others  please contact administration@lacada.com schedule an appointment. 

Hotline Information

  • LA County Health & Human Services 2-1-1
  • Life Threatening Emergencies 9-1-1
  • LA County Substance Abuse Treatment Center (800) 564-6600
  • The Parents Toll-Free Helpline 1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373)
  • Monday – Friday, 7: 00 am – 3:00 pm Pacific time, in English and Spanish
  • Didi Hirsch’s 24-hour Suicide Crisis Line (877) 727-4747 Toll free in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside and Imperial Counties.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255.
  • TEEN LINE, a confidential telephone helpline for teenaged callers. It operates every evening from 6:00pm to 10:00pm PST and is toll-free from anywhere in California. Call 310-855-HOPE (4673) or text “TEEN” to 839863. http://teenlineonline.org/

Government Websites

Outpatient and School Based Services

L.A. CADA offers a comprehensive, court approved treatment program for adolescents (ages 12 -18) with substance use disorders. These services are offered both on-site in Santa Fe Springs, and in numerous local area high schools and middles schools. Services include group, individual and family counseling, case management and pro-social / recreational activities (including Project Purple). Our Youth Services is a collaboration involving L.A. CADA, local school districts, the Los Angeles County Department of Probation, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and the Los Angeles County Department of Public and Social Services. Medi-Cal is accepted along with most private insurance.