Juvenile Justice Program Earns National Recognition

BCFS Health and Human Services-San Antonio’s KAPS (Kids Averted from Placement Services) program works closely with Bexar County Juvenile District Judge Laura Parker and her Crossroads Girls Mental Health Court. All the young women that appear before Judge Parker are referred to KAPS, where they undergo intensive case management, counseling, and home-based services.

The Crossroads program was created in 2009 by Judge Parker to assist young women in the juvenile justice system and help them overcome the challenges, circumstances and choices that have led to their appearance in the judge’s courtroom. Parker refers the young women to the KAPS program, where clinicians and case managers from BCFS Health and Human Services offer life skills training, job search tips and information about obtaining more education.

Recently, Crossroads Girls Mental Health Court won the National Criminal Justice Association’s Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award for the Western Region.

“Our KAPS team is working with Crossroads, exclusively,” explains Santana Maldonado, Program Director at BCFS-San Antonio, “to provide services to all the girls in the Crossroads court. We have seen several successful outcomes, and we are thrilled that our work is getting national recognition.”

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