Probation System Navigation
Launched in 2015, SHIELDS’ Probation System Navigation program is designed to increase participants’ self-reliance and improve personal skills necessary to achieve and strengthen economic stability by facilitating access to comprehensive, community-based services.
The overall goals of the program include ensuring that participants’ primary and auxiliary service needs are identified, assisting participants with enrolling in eligible benefits programs, and providing comprehensive follow-up services to ensure service needs are met.
SHIELDS’ Probation System Navigation program serves adult probationers and Department of Juvenile Justice wards in Service Planning Area 6 of Los Angeles County. Services are provided at the Centinela Probation Area Office.
System Navigators work in concert with multiple government agencies and social service organizations to provide case management services. Case management services include counseling sessions, advocacy and tracking to ensure that all participants receive necessary services.
System Navigators conduct complete assessments designed to assess participants’ vocational, educational, and criminogenic needs. Primary services are based upon assessments and the development of a service plan to address those identified needs.
Navigators also clients with obtaining income and/or establishing benefits by helping participants compile all necessary documents, including documents verifying income and other eligibility requirements, and completing application forms.
Finally, Navigators provide linkage and referral services to vocational, educational, and behavioral health treatment programs at SHIELDS and other community-based providers that provide housing, food, clothing, and transportation for those in need.
SHIELDS’ Probation System Navigation program is made possible through a grant from the Los Angeles County Probation Department.