Community Healing Initiative (CHI)

Overview

Latino Network, in partnership with the Multnomah County Department of Juvenile Justice, runs the Community Healing Initiative (CHI) and Early Intervention Community Healing Initiative (Early CHI) to prevent and reduce youth violence, decrease rates of juvenile justice involvement, and increase community safety.

  • CHI engages our highest risk, adjudicated Latino youth on probation and parole to set and pursue positive life goals and to avoid future incarceration.
  • Early CHI, which began as a pilot project in 2015, employs key components of the CHI model to keep low-level, first-time youth offenders from entering the juvenile justice system by preventing a second offense.

CHI and Early Intervention leverage community resources, strengths-based approaches, and wrap-around services including:

  • Trained bilingual and bicultural staff who support youth and their families to create an individualized Success Plan that sets goals for housing, education, employment, mental health, and overall stability.
  • Access and referral to on-staff licensed mental health therapists.
  • Aggression Replacement Therapy (ART) classes to help youth manage negative behaviors and build positive emotional skills.
  • Biweekly parenting classes - Padres Ayudando Padres [Parents Helping Parents]
  • Access to Latino Network’s out-of-school-time enrichment programs and activities including Summer Academia, mentors, and Teen Nights.

Impact*

  • 82% of youth who exit the programs do not commit any new crimes.
  • 80% of CHI youth exiting the programs are working or in school.
  • 70% of youth who exit the programs earn a high school diploma or GED.
  • 46% gain employment or enroll in a job-training program.

Program Details

Latino Network’s CHI and Early CHI programs:

  • Value culturally responsive and family-centered approaches.
  • Respect and honor the family voice and confidentiality.
  • Build trust with, guide and empower youth and their families to shape an individualized plan based on self-identified strengths and needs.
  • Assure community safety.

Contact Alice Perry (503) 283-6881 or Alice@Latnet.org to learn more. 

Latino Network thanks the following organizations for their partnership and funding: Multnomah County Department of Community Justice Juvenile Justice Division, City of Portland Mayor’s Office, Portland Parks & Recreation, Oregon Metro, and Oregon Department of Education’s Youth Development Council, City of Gresham, East Multnomah County School Districts, Gresham Police Department, Portland Police Bureau, Multnomah County Family Court, Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center, and Portland State University.

*Based on 2013-2014 CHI program data