Treatment with Increased Support (local)
Recording from March 16, 2016 Speaker meeting (see our Speaker Meeting Materials page for more recordings)
Front St. Inc. PLUS
Life Skills Support Services is a curated service designed for individuals who want to enhance a variety of independent living skills.
Work with an intimate team of experienced support staff from an organization specializing in behavioral health services for over 30 years.
Their mission is to work collaboratively with individuals to identify and achieve both short and long term life skills goals. The frequency of one on one support varies per person - a support service designed by you, for you.
In addition to a variety of treatment plans, Janus offer weekly Q&A sessions for support and information. Please see their website for times and topics. Janus treats a variety of substance dependencies and addictions, including: alcohol, marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, barbiturates, codeine, heroin and other opiates, Vicodin and Oxycontin. With more than 30 years experience, they see clients achieve real and often transformative results every day.
Telos (an Encompass program)
Telos is a 10-bed crisis residential program which serves as an alternative to psychiatric hospitalization for individuals in crisis. The program provides a healing environment where residents receive the treatment, support and caring they need to stabilize and move out of their crisis state. Staff provide process groups, individual counseling, and assistance with independent living skills and connecting to the community. Treatment approaches include Motivational Interviewing and utilizing the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) materials. A County psychiatrist is available for medication monitoring and management.
The average length of stay is 10 days. The maximum stay is 30 days. People can step down from Telos to other programs or back to their homes.
El Dorado Center (an Encompass program)
El Dorado Center (EDC) is a 16-bed, community-based treatment program for individuals who are and in need of an intensive structured residential program. Most residents are stepping down directly from the Behavioral Health Unit or long-term locked care into EDC as an unlocked, more home-like environment, as they continue the healing process in preparation for transitioning back to community living. EDC staff provide individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, structured activities, community outings, and assistance with independent living skills and connecting to the community. A Registered Nurse is on staff and a County psychiatrist is available for medication monitoring and management.
To be eligible for this program, clients must be part of the Santa Cruz Mental Health System of Care. 70% of referrals are stepping down from a locked placement but you can also work with your case manager to be referred.
Search Engine for Treatment Facilities for Youth and Young Adults
Free prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery services for adults with mental health conditions. Specific programs for TAY (Transition Age Youth, 18-26) and individuals experiencing first episode psychosis. Program includes:
Santa Cruz: 300 Harvey West Blvd., Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Watsonville: 10 Carr St., Watsonville, CA 95076
Coastal Turning Point
The Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program and Partial Hospitalization Program (IOP, PHP) consists of specialized group therapy sessions led by clinical therapists. Our goal is to improve participant’s well-being by assisting in building healthy relationships, satisfying daily activity, and improved ability to positively manage their emotional state.
The IOP and PHP programs primarily serve people with mood and anxiety disorders such as major depression, bipolar disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder. The program also accepts participants with other disorders such as schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder who are already stabilized on medication.
Programs for Teens and Adults. Accepts Medi-Cal and most insurances.
ASPIRE (for teens and young adults)
The eight-week Transitional Age Youth (TAY) Program is designed for young adults between 18 and 25 years old. The program meets four days a week and offers intensive outpatient care. Participants learn healthy living strategies and develop academic and career skills, as well as academic skills. The comprehensive treatment team includes a psychiatrist, clinical psychologist and/or marriage and family therapist, registered nurse, and an occupational therapist. The program is available at the Los Gatos campus.
ASPIRE (for children and teens)
The stress after a long day of school and lack of supervision can make after school a high-risk time when youth are more likely to make poor choices. ASPIRE provides structure and training during this time — when kids are most vulnerable — and helps them learn and apply a set of specific skills. The programs, led by a psychiatrist who specializes in child-adolescent behavior, offer an after-school format that provides treatment without impeding on young people’s lives.
Enrollment into the program is continuous, and participants may begin their program at any time.
Second Story is a six-bed house which serves as a respite and a voluntary opportunity for individuals to learn to use relationships to move out of old roles and patterns. They offer a maximum stay of 6 days in a home environment, and provides guests with opportunities to identify and plan for changes they feel will benefit them once they have returned home. All former guests are offered ongoing telephone support, and are welcome to visit when they need encouragement from their peers and Second Story staff.
Program participants also have opportunities to enroll in Intentional Peer Support training and learn to be of assistance to others.Staffed by “peers,” (people with lived experience of mood swings, consuming fears, voices, visions), the household provides an opportunity to experience what change feels like, and to learn new responses through relationships with each other.
Second Story is not a substitute for psychiatric hospitalization. Those who are drawn to the program develop, with staff, ahead of time, a plan for dealing with feelings and behaviors that in the past have led to inpatient stays.
Casa Pacific (an Encompass program)
Casa Pacific is a 12 bed residential program in Watsonville for men and women with co-occurring disorders. The program is part of an innovative project centered around work and meaningful daily activities, as the core of the co-occurring disorders treatment approach. Activities include socialization, recreation, accessing community resources, on-site recovery meetings and individualized attention to assist residents in maintaining sobriety, reaching their personal goals, and transitioning into independent community living.