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Inyo County Health and Human Services


inyoThe Basics

Inyo County Health and Human Services offers Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and outpatient care for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders in the Eastern Sierra towns of Bishop, Independence and Lone Pine, California. All services are available at all three locations, though in Independence and Lone Pine they may be limited by counselor availability.

Treatment and Staff

Inyo County Health and Human Services’ program for substance abuse disorders provides a court-ordered and voluntary assessment called the Abuse Severity Index so courts and other agencies can determine a proper level of care. Voluntary clients are assessed the same way by staff, though most treatment through Inyo County is court-ordered.

Inyo County’s IOP for second-time offenders serves as a last alternative to serving jail time in the county. The court-ordered, 30-hour program is modeled on the standard drug court curriculum and consists entirely of group therapy sessions.  

The diversion program is a court-ordered substance-abuse course for first-time offenders, lasting 28 hours total. It is the same format as the IOP. There’s also a drug and alcohol outpatient program consisting of education and counseling for 12- to 17-year-olds lasting 12 weeks and using group therapy.

The hours of operation for the Bishop location are Monday and Wednesday from 1 pm to 4 pm, Tuesday from 9 am to noon, Thursday from 1 pm to 4 pm and Friday from 9 am to 11:30 am. Appointments must be made to be seen in Independence. Lone Pine offers services on the second Tuesday of each month, 9 am to 4 pm.

Along with program attendance, participants attend off-site 12-step meetings. Locations and contact information for these meetings are supplied by Inyo County.

The staff at Inyo County are all LDACs, with a staff-to-client ratio of one-to-20.


Inyo County also offers a range of specialized and transitional outpatient options. They include a combined treatment program and parenting class for pregnant and post-natal women. Priority clients  are women, either court-ordered or self-referred, who are pregnant and using injectable drugs. After them come post-natal women injecting drugs and post-natal women abusing drugs without a needle. These sessions are billed by the hour

Relapse prevention is another basic level of treatment and education that can be attended voluntarily or ordered by a court. It runs for 12 weeks and offers coping skills to prevent a return to substance abuse. Aftercare is available for those seeking further support after formal treatment has ended. It runs for 14 weeks and can be attended at no charge by anyone who has attended Inyo County treatment in the past. Symptoms management and coping skills are the focus of the program.

Inyo County also offers outreach education and prevention presentations to school, community agencies and the county jail, along with DUI classes for first-time and multiple offenders.

In Summary

For most people, court-ordered treatment is preferable to jail time. Inyo County substance abuse programs fulfill the requirements of the courts, probation and other referring agencies. For voluntary clients, Inyo County can provide treatment that prevents further substance abuse, leading to a productive and healthy lifestyle.

Inyo County Health and Human Services
162 Grove St, Suite J
Bishop, CA 93514

155 E Market St
Independence, CA 93526

380 N Mt. Whitney Dr
Lone Pine, CA 93545

Inyo County Health and Human Services Cost: $500 (IOP); $285 (diversion); $145 (relapse prevention); $75 (adolescents). All programs are 30 days and available on sliding scale. Contact Inyo County Health and Human Services by phone at (760) 873-5888 and (760) 873-7868 for Spanish or by email at [email protected]. Find Inyo County Health and Human Services on Facebook

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