The South Coast Story
Founded in 1984, South Coast Community Services (SCCS) set out to take a leadership role in filling a critical hole in the safety net of our communities. SCCS saw a significant and under-met need to provide shelter, care, therapy and essential support services for those who are too often left behind: abused, neglected and underprivileged children and youth. Over the intervening 30+ years, SCCS has grown and expanded to provide a wide variety of services in homes, in clinics, and in community settings to people in all walks of life who "sometimes need a little help".
In 2006, twenty-two years after SCCS started, we saw that the group home industry was in a decline. We could see that community-based services, like “Wraparound”, were going to be the future for our industry. Group Homes would always be needed for the most impaired kids, but the vast majority of kids would be better served if they could stay in homes with their families.
Seeing the future for our industry, we set our agency on a different path than we had followed for the previous 22 years. In 2008-2009 we converted two of the six homes into crisis residential homes for young adults ages 18-24. In 2007 we converted four of our six homes into specialized programs to serve the most challenging of kids ages 10-19. Today we get calls from all over California for kids needing to get in to this program. Recently, California enacted the Continuum of Care Reform which has again changed our industry. The focus of the law is to get kids out of group homes, and living with foster parents or family, as quickly as possible. Since we already do this for every child that can possibly qualify to "step down", we embrace this new law. We are in the process of converting the four homes to "Short Term Residential Treatment Programs", or STRTPs.