Family and Children’s Services of Silicon Valley was founded in 1948 in its namesake, the infamous Silicon Valley of California. The organization operates five different offices in San Jose and one in Palo Alto. Family and Children’s Services offers outpatient substance abuse treatment specifically geared toward adult men and women.
Treatment and Staff
Clients interested in Family and Children’s Services must initially undergo an intake process through the Gateway Program of the Santa Clara County Department of Alcohol and Drug Services, which is a local referral organization. Clients meet with a case manager at Gateway who determines whether an outpatient program is sufficient treatment. Men and women who might be in need of a more intensive level of care or who are undergoing withdrawal symptoms are referred to outside detox or residential treatment programs.
Family and Children’s Services’ Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) requires at least three group meetings per week, which last for three hours at a time. However, the exact length and intensity of the program is solely based on the needs of the client. The group sizes vary based on the current needs of the community but are usually between five to 15 clients per group.
Counselors use a variety of treatment techniques in meetings including pychoeducational programming, relapse prevention and sharing. Counselors also aim to address family dynamics, the biochemistry of addiction as well as identifying and coping with emotions and feelings that clients encounter during the early recovery stages. Counselors also work on life skills with clients including relationship and job searching tools. The organization also offers specialized LGBTQ groups that address issues specific to that community. Individual meetings are available based on the needs of the client. Treatment is offered in both English and Spanish. Although Family and Children’s Services is not 12-step based, counselors strongly encourage clients to attend outside AA/NA meetings while in treatment.
Family and Children’s Services is also dual diagnosis and offers mental health counseling for clients with potential co-occurring disorders. The IOP also offers a specialized group for clients with co-occurring disorders. The staff is a mixture of LCSWs, MFTs and LADCs
Family and Children’s Services offers individual family meetings with family members, counselors and clients to help address codependency issues. Clients must consent to these meetings before the counselor can move forward with them.
Although the organization does not provide official aftercare, clients and counselors do develop a goal-driven discharge plan to help clients successfully transition back into normal life.
The organization also offers a youth program for high school students that lasts for 90 days. This program is similar to that of the adult IOP, but only consists of one group and individual meeting per week. Family members of clients in this program also have a group meeting with other family members once a month.
Family and Children’s services also offers a prevention program for high schools and teenagers to prevent youth substance abuse.
Family and Children’s Services is a flexible, affordable outpatient option for individuals in the Silicon Valley region. Solid program tracks for LBGTQ clients and adolescents also make this facility a viable network. Sliding scale fees make treatment accessible to anyone that needs it.
Family and Children’s Services of Silicon Valley
375 Cambridge Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Family and Children’s Services of Silicon Valley Cost: Sliding scale. Reach Family and Children’s Services of Silicon Valley by phone at (408) 638-0880 or by email. Find Family and Children’s Services of Silicon Valley on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn
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