Since 1989, East Bay Community Recovery Project has been providing outpatient treatment for behavioral health issues to adults in Oakland, California. It also operates Project Pride, a residential treatment facility for low-income women with children. Both programs provide evidence-based treatment with support for co-occurring disorders. They are available only to clients with MediCal or Medicare. The goal at EBCRP is to provide quality care for low-income clients, using a harm-reduction approach to ensure they learn helpful strategies tailored to their circumstances.
Accommodations and Food
The Project Pride facility in West Oakland offers private rooms for 20 women in a large three-story building. The building was previously a hotel and has been completely refurbished and renovated to create a home-like environment for mothers and their children (up to seven years old).
Rooms come equipped with a twin bed and a crib or full-sized bed. On the first floor of the building, there are private rooms where clinicians and counselors hold individual therapy sessions with residents. The second and third floors include bedrooms, bathrooms and common living areas. There is a fully equipped kitchen and a communal dining area as well.
Residents are required to cook their own meals though the cost of groceries comes included with rent. Women typically take turns cooking and going grocery shopping.
Treatment and Staff
There is no specific duration for either Project Pride or the outpatient program, but clients are encouraged to commit to six months of treatment. The outpatient program consists of group therapy sessions Monday through Friday that are a combination of CBT and DBT. Meetings are held from 9 am to 12 pm. Once the morning meeting is over, clients have a hot lunch. Typically, those in outpatient are required to attend all five meetings per week; for those who are employed, this requirement drops to three a week.
During group sessions, clients work with various specialists in small groups of about 13 to 15. Both coed and gender-specific group sessions are available, with topics including self-esteem, mental health concerns, anger management and money management. There is no mandatory attendance at AA/NA, but those interested in the 12 steps are provided information for local meetings. In addition to group sessions, each client is assigned an LPC to work with. Individual therapy sessions can be scheduled as needed.
The residential program for women with children takes the same harm-reduction approach as the outpatient track. The program requires residents to attend at least 20 hours of individual and group therapy sessions a week. Women start their day together at a communal breakfast, after which they embark on a busy day of recovery-related activities.
While individual therapy sessions are assigned on a case-to-case basis, group sessions for residents occur several times a day. Groups can be anywhere from 30 minutes long to an hour and a half. Topics include anger management, parenting skills, relapse prevention and practical tools like cooking and computer literacy. Residents are provided transportation to and from AA/NA meetings if they are interested in attending, though these are not required.
The staff includes LPCs, therapy interns, LSWs and licensed therapists.
East Bay has recently made some holistic additions to its outpatient program, including meditation and yoga.
East Bay Community Recovery Project offers low-income clients affordable treatment plans to help recover from substance abuse. Both programs aim to provide quality therapeutic services using evidence-based therapy and harm-reduction strategies.
East Bay Community Recovery Project
2579 San Pablo Ave
Oakland, CA 94612
East Bay Community Recovery Project Cost: Free (for those with MediCal and Medicare). Reach East Bay Community Recovery Project by phone at (510) 446-7100. Find East Bay Community Recovery Project on Facebook
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