New program will put street kids away for six months of rehabilitation

A new government project is starting with the goal of taking at-risk youth off the streets of Desamparados and Guadelupe and placing them in a rehabilitation center for six months.

The project called Juntos por todos was announced Wednesday morning by government and non-profit representatives.

The organizations partnering up to do the program include: the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública, the Patronato Nacional de la Infancia, the Instituto sobre Alcoholismo y Farmacodependenica, the Insituto Costarricense sobre Drogas and the Fundación Génesis.

The aim of the project is to take adolescents off the streets for rehabilitation, organizers said. This will be conducted on the ground with members of the Fuerza Pública being the first to reach out to these minors, according to officials. The prevention of drugs, the strengthening of family ties and the rehabilitation back into society are also among the initiatives for this program.

The project is targeting the communities of Guadelupe and Desamparados based on data analyses from the government’s addiction institute back in 2014, organizers said. These minors will be treated for six months at a rehabilitation center in San Francisco de Dos Ríos, according to the report. Parents, psychologists and social workers will provide the main element of support.

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