Founded in 1997, Mendocino County’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Services in Ukiah and Fort Bragg, California is a partially state-funded outpatient program that provides Substance Use Disorders Treatment (SUDT) and other community-oriented programs to adults and court-ordered adolescents in Mendocino County.
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Walk-in assessments are available every Monday at 1 pm during which clients complete paperwork and meet with counselors to discuss treatment options. Additional help is available for applying for government grants, funding and Medi-Cal so that payment for treatment is covered. Clients in need of detox or more intensive residential care can be referred to outside agencies.
The SUDT adult outpatient program consists of individual and group therapy where evidence-based practices, such as CBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI), are used. Clients with a dual diagnosis attend special co-occurring disorders groups. Groups meet for 90 minutes Monday through Thursday and address a variety of addiction-related topics including relapse prevention strategies. Groups typically have a maximum of 12 clients. Individual sessions are scheduled twice a month and last 50 minutes. The SUDT program is six months in duration, but can be extended as needed.
There is also a women’s perinatal program (WINDO) which extends treatment to pregnant women or women with children. Treatment is available for mothers whether or not their children live in the home. This program includes parenting classes in addition to individual and group therapy.
The New Beginnings program is for adolescents who have shown moderate to severe behavioral, psychological and/or drug-related issues that have required court interventions. Much like the SUDT program, New Beginnings combines both individual and group counseling using evidence-based methods.
Although SUDT is not 12-step based, counselors encourage clients to attend outside AA and NA meetings to supplement their recovery. Staff at Mendocino County’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Services are CADCs.
Additional services include school-based prevention, intervention and counseling for adolescents at Ukiah High School, South Valley High School, River Community School, Pomolita, Eagle Peak and West Hills School.
Clients are encouraged to include family members in their recovery process by inviting them to meet with counselors and receive substance abuse education. Referrals to local Alanon groups are also available.
Although Mendocino Recovery does not have an official aftercare program, counselors work with clients to develop discharge plans for continued success after treatment ends.
In all, Mendocino County’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Services provides a number of valuable substance abuse recovery-related services to the Mendocino County community. With various sources for funding, many clients are able to attend treatment for free or at a very affordable rate. Using a combination of evidence-based therapy practices, education and life skills groups, clients take advantage of well-rounded treatment and can expect to leave with a host of tools to help them on their continued path toward recovery.
Mendocino County’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Services
1120 S. Dora St
Ukiah, CA 95482
790 S. Franklin St
Ft. Bragg, CA 95437
Mendocino County’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Cost: Sliding scale or Medi-Cal. Contact Mendocino County’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Services at (707) 472-2637 (Ukiah) or (707)961-2665 (Fort Bragg) or by email.
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