Founded in 1978, Mission Council on Alcohol Abuse for the Spanish Speaking is a non-profit organization that provides addiction treatment to court-ordered clientele, though self-referred clients are welcome. Focusing on those with a Pretrial Diversion, Deferred Entry of Judgment or Diversion case (as an alternative to incarceration for alcohol or drug-related charges), Mission Council offers both English and Spanish-speaking outpatient care to residents of San Francisco and the Bay Area of California.
Treatment and Staff
Upon intake, clients are given an in-person assessment so that an individualized treatment plan can be developed. Treatment consists of English and Spanish-speaking groups and individual therapy. Though schedules vary, clients generally attend at least two hour-long group meetings a week for six months. Groups contain no more than 15 clients. Counselors use evidence-based practices including CBT as well as psycheducation, group sharing and relapse prevention strategies. Individual sessions are scheduled based on the needs of the client; however the program does not offer dual diagnosis support. Regular and random urine tests are also conducted throughout treatment.
Although treatment is not 12-step oriented, clients are encouraged to attend outside AA and NA meetings. It also hosts a Spanish-speaking AA meeting on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings at 7 pm.
Those in need of detox, more intensive residential treatment or any kind of mental health care are given referrals to outside agencies. MCAASS operates on a sliding scale to accommodate clients of all economic backgrounds.
Additional services include a family program, which requires the client’s consent and is also made of group and individual therapy. Counselors meet with client and family to discuss codependency and substance abuse education.
Although there is no official aftercare program, clients are welcome and encouraged to return to group and individual sessions after they have completed the program.
Mission Council on Alcohol Abuse for the Spanish Speaking offers affordable and compressive bi-lingual treatment for substance abuse. With a special focus on the issues relating to the court system, clients of this demographic are well-served with the use of evidence-based techniques in both group and individual settings, building self-esteem through sharing, peer support and addiction education. With the option of getting the family involved in the recovery process, clients are given as may resources as possible to turn their lives around and establish lasting sobriety. Finally, the low-cost of the program allows clients of all economic backgrounds to receive the help they need.
Mission Council on Alcohol Abuse for the Spanish Speaking
154 A Capp St
San Francisco, CA 94110
Mission Council on Alcohol Abuse for the Spanish Speaking Cost: Sliding scale. Contact Mission Council on Alcohol Abuse for the Spanish Speaking at (415) 826-6767 or email them at email them here. Find Mission Council on Alcohol Abuse for the Spanish Speaking on Facebook
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