Juvenile Drug Court is a collaborative program of support for youth who are dealing with serious issues around their use of drugs and alcohol and have entered the juvenile justice system.
As the Deputy Probation Officer in the program, Sandra’s responsibilities are varied and vital to the program’s success. She supervises the youth enrolled in Juvenile Drug Court, meeting with them at least weekly to ensure their compliance with conditions of probation. Sandra is also responsible for coordinating the weekly team meetings, where she facilitates the discussion by giving updates and informing the team members of important events for the participants and their families.
Sandra is in regular contact with a variety of service providers, as she is the primary manager of an individualized “case plan” designed to help youth and families, most of whom face daunting challenges to becoming successful and healthy. Finally, Sandra has arranged and then participated in a series of events and activities designed to provide the youth opportunities to experience the possible alternatives to a lifestyle of delinquency and substance abuse. She has taken some youth on tours of college campuses, and outings like zip lining, a hike in the Marin Headlands, and a visit to Alcatraz.
Sandra has the rare ability to adeptly manage both an administrative role and a direct service one simultaneously, which is a valuable commodity. In each of these roles, she demonstrates compassion, energy and enthusiasm for her assignment. She also projects a quiet confidence and competence that is infectious to both the youth she works with, and her co-workers. Despite the many demands on her, Sandra is often the first to volunteer for an assignment, fill in for a co-worker who has a conflict, and to participate in a Division workgroup to improve our services. Sandra’s work epitomizes the best qualities and characteristics of a County of Marin employee. She not only deeply cares about what she does, she also strives for excellence, and then puts in a level and quality of effort that assures it.