Founded in 1976 in San Rafael, California, Bay Area Community Resources is a regional non-profit that provides a variety of community and behavioral health services for seven counties surrounding the San Francisco Bay Area. The facility’s primary substance abuse program, Gateway Services, is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) based in San Pablo, across the Bay from San Rafael.
Treatment and Staff
The Gateway program works closely with the Contra Costa County Drug Court. Most clients who attend are court-ordered, though self-referred clients are also welcome. There is no medical detox offered, although clients in need can be referred to the West County Health Center in nearby San Pablo. The program itself is comprised of two group therapy sessions a week held Mondays through Thursdays, with the option of individual therapy at least once a month.
The groups are CBT–based, with an emphasis on coping skills which include relapse prevention, drug education and anger management. Each group is small, with generally no more than 10 at a time. Clients also attend two 12-step meetings a week and should expect random drug testing throughout their time in the Gateway program. The program generally lasts for three months.
Aside from the Gateway program, there’s also the Recovery Connections Center (RCC) at the San Rafael office which offers screening and assessments, as well as motivational group sessions and referrals. Bay Area Community Resources also maintains the Phoenix Academy, a Marin County Charter School which offers alternative education services to adolescents with chemical dependency problems. Finally, the facility offers DUI programs for Marin and Napa County, as well as the Criminal Justice Jail Treatment Program, which provides recovery services for those incarcerated at the Marin County jail. All of these sessions are led by one primary staff member, who is an LADC.
While there is no dual diagnosis component to the Gateway program, Bay Area Community Resources does offer a variety of mental health services on-site in public elementary, middle and high schools in Alameda, West Contra Costa and Marin County schools. These sessions cover a wide breadth of topics and include individual, group and family sessions. Methodologies include CBT, Motivational Interviewing and the Stages of Change model.
As mentioned, Bay Area Community Resources offers many community programs in the Bay Area. These include after school programs in San Francisco, Marin and the East Bay, smoking cessation programs and even fiscal intermediary services which assist other community organizations with payroll, benefits administration, fiscal accounting and reporting responsibilities.
The substance abuse services through the Gateway program at Bay Area Community Services are rather simple, with basic treatment designed to be in compliance with court-ordered clientele. Still, the wider offerings at Bay Area Community Resources include a plethora of mental health counseling and community oriented services, making the long-running organization a reliable source of behavioral health care for the greater Bay Area.
Bay Area Community Resources (Gateway Program)
13201 San Pablo Ave. #205
San Pablo, CA 94806
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