Nestled in the heart of California Gold Country in San Andreas, California, the substance abuse track at Calaveras County Behavioral Health Services is just one of the behavioral health programs available for residents of the largely rural Calaveras County. With prevention and education services in addition to general mental health and human services, clients in need of treatment may enroll in an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) or basic outpatient services.
Treatment and Staff
After an initial intake evaluation, clients begin in IOP which typically lasts six months. IOP is comprised of three phases; each lasting six weeks and consisting of three, two and one group therapy sessions per week, respectively. Both court-mandated and self-referred clients are accepted.
Clients have access to individual therapy sessions as well, though these typically function as a sort of check-in and last around 15 minutes. Slightly longer “face-to-face” sessions are also offered, which last around 20 minutes each. These and all group therapy sessions are led by LADCs.
Therapy at Calaveras varies, though an emphasis is placed on person-centered care, CBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI). While there is an introduction to the 12 steps, Calaveras County is not a strictly 12-step facility. Still, in an effort to increase participation in the Calaveras County recovery community, clients in outpatient are required to attend three off-site meetings a week—these can be AA/NA or Celebrate Recovery.
The facility also offers dual diagnosis support as part of its substance abuse program. This takes the form of six weekly support groups run by peers, as well as individual sessions with a mental health clinician, a peer specialist and a LSAC. Those in need of more comprehensive mental health services may benefit from the range programs available including crisis support, senior peer counseling and suicide prevention.
Calaveras County also offers a special perinatal IOP that provides gender-specific substance abuse treatment for women who are pregnant and/or parenting. Group and individual therapy sessions are available three days a week for up to six months. On occasion the program can be extended. The facility also provides child care for children up to 36 months by child development staff during group hours.
For clients in need of standard DUI education classes to meet California court and DMV requirements, Calaveras County has extensive courses to address those need. Support is available for everyone from Level I offenders to those with multiple infractions.
Additionally, there is an aftercare program following completion of the IOP which is comprised of two groups a month for a minimum of six months.
The programs at Calaveras County Behavioral Health Services are fairly standard. Given the rural surroundings of the facility, the facility’s greatest strength may lie in serving as a community hub, requiring clients to participate in local recovery groups while attending treatment. The additional mental health programs are an added bonus for those in need of general care. In all, Calaveras County Behavioral Health Services is a valuable community resource dedicated to mental wellness.
Calaveras County Behavioral Health Services
891 Mountain Ranch Rd
San Andreas, CA 95249
Calaveras County Behavioral Health Services Substance Abuse Program Cost: $88 (30 days). Reach Calaveras County Behavioral Health Services Substance Abuse Program by phone at (206) 754-6525 or on their website. Find Calaveras County Behavioral Health Services Substance Abuse Program on Facebook and YouTube
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