GANG, REHABILITATION, ASSESSMENT AND SERVICES PROGRAM (GRAASP)
1. Briefly describe the structure of your program.
GRAASP is a comprehensive community-wide effort designed to prevent and suppress violent gang activity and crime through various forms of intervention. San Antonio is one of five sites in the country in which the program is being modeled. It is the only agency in the City of San Antonio that is designed to specifically address the issue of gang member rehabilitation and re-integration. The Sky Harbor, Indian Creek, Valley Forest, Valley-Hi and Hidden Cove neighborhoods have been identified as the target area and will receive all services that GRAASP has to offer. The programís intent is to reduce gang activity in the target neighborhoods by initiating the following:
1. COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION PROGRAMS, encouraging citizens to unite and cooperate in community functions and in addressing community issues.
2. INDIVIDUAL SERVICES, for identified gang members, geared towards preventing gang-related crimes, rehabilitating gang youth, and preventing children from becoming involved in gangs.
3. FAMILY SERVICES, providing comprehensive social work and general assistance to the families or our young clients.
Participants are obtained through the Probation and Parole Departments, along with referrals from families, schools, and other agencies. All participants must reside in the target area, claim gang membership, and be between the ages of 13-21. The needs of these individuals and their families will be assessed, with intensive service-based case management to follow.
2. When was the program created and why?
The program was created in 1996 through an OJJDP grant to rehabilitate gang members.
3. How do you measure the programís effectiveness?
The evaluation for the program is provided by the Gang Research Evaluation & Technical Assistance (GRETA) in conjunction with the University of Texas at San Antonio.
4. How is the program financed?
The program is grant funded by OJJDP.
5. How is the community involved in the program, if at all. How has the community responded to the program?
The program design incorporates a Community Mobilization Team. The Steering Committee is comprised of other agencies both in and outside of the City. The community has responded positively.
6. Contact person:
The United States Conference of Mayors
J. Thomas Cochran, Executive Director
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