History of Horizons Family Counseling

Horizons Youth & Family Services, Livermore Police Department, was founded April 1, 1973, by the City Manager’s office.  It was transferred to the Police Department as a condition of second year funding, in order to more effectively reach those youth most at risk of delinquency.  Today, this remains our purpose – to reach and provide services for at-risk youth and their families to prevent delinquency.

Originally designed as a “youth outreach” program with recreational activities and informational counseling, Horizons has evolved into a professionally staffed family counseling program in order to be effective with the seriousness of the problems encountered.  In 1979, Horizons was selected by the Alameda County Probation Department to provide status offender services throughout East County, also known as the Livermore Amador Valley.  In 1999, Horizons was selected to be the lead agency for the Comprehensive Youth Services.  In this capacity, Horizons brought together the four law enforcement agencies, four school districts, Valley Community Health Center and Livermore Area Recreation and Park District to create a service plan for the entire valley.  This brought prevention and early intervention funds to Pleasanton and Livermore school districts, Valley Community Health Center, Horizons and LARPD, providing alternatives to suspension, violence prevention, parent skills and support groups, drug and alcohol education, prevention and treatment, educational advocacy and attendance monitoring and family counseling to the entire valley under the Comprehensive Youth Services funding.