L.A. CADA Care COuncil's PFS project will serve the geographic catchment area of communities in southeastern Los Angeles County (LAC). The proposed project will be delivered within LAC Service Planning Area (SPA) 7 with high school students in Whittier Union High School District; with 7 high schools and 11,404 students; which is made up of 1.1% African American, 0.2% American Indian, 1.2% Asian, 1.2% Filipino, 88.8% Hispanic or Latino, 0.2% Pacific Islander, and 7% White. 71.0% of students qualify for free/reduced lunch and 9.4% of students are English language learners.
Strategies to address our identified needs include: Creating a data-driven, focused collaboration between prevention and local schools, creating an infrastructure for early identification and intervention of behavioral health needs (key risk factor of substance abuse), and increasing awareness & access to existing treatment services.
The project plans to serve approximately 135,000 annually through environmental strategies.