Riverside San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc. was founded in 1968 in Riverside, California. Currently led by CEO and executive director, Jess Montoya, in addition to providing wellness services, culturally-oriented healthcare and interventions, the facility also provides behavioral health treatment. Free outpatient chemical dependency programs are available to Native Americans living in the Riverside-San Bernardino County area. Riverside San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc. has a total of 11 locations but towns with access to the drug and alcohol addiction services include in Morongo, Anza, San Manuel, Soboba, Pechanga and Palm Springs.
Treatment and Staff
The intake process at Riverside San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc. begins with an assessment over the phone with a counselor. If the counselor believes the client is the right fit, he or she is brought in for a more formal evaluation where the counselor helps design the treatment plan. Clients deemed in need of a higher level of treatment are usually referred to an outside residential or detox program.
The outpatient program at Riverside San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc. consists of both group and individual counseling. The length of the program is based on the needs of the client and lasts as long as the counselors believe the client needs. Most clients meet once a week for both group meetings and individual meetings. However, if the counselors believe the client needs more extensive care, they will increase the amount of meetings per week.
The group meetings are usually about 10 clients in size and last for two hours. The counselors teach relapse prevention and psychosocial skills in the meetings. They also introduce the concept of the 12 steps in the meetings. Clients receiving treatment here are required to attend a weekly AA/NA meeting hosted at Riverside San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc.’s offices. Although, attending more than one meeting per week is recommended, of course.
The program has a total of seven CADCs who lead the group and individual meetings. Riverside San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc. is a dual-diagnosis equipped facility and has onsite mental health counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists who assist clients with co-occurring disorders. The psychiatrists also prescribe medication to clients who may need it.
Riverside San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc. offers both a continuing care program and aftercare program for when clients discharge from outpatient. Clients in the continuing care program meet in a group meeting once every two weeks and clients in the aftercare program meet once a month. If counselors believe clients need additional care beyond this, they will refer them to an additional outside program.
Aside from addiction treatment, it also offers The Native Challenge Program, which handles all issues involving reproductive health among the local Native American community. There is also a diabetes program and the aforementioned wellness services, which are gender-specific and open to anyone in the community.
Riverside San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc. is a great fit for a Native American resident of the Riverside-San Bernardino County area with limited financial resources. The small group sizes, consistent individual meetings offering clients a high level of one-on-one attention and cultural sensitivity all increase the likelihood a person will receive the quality care he or she needs. And for those who might feel once a week group meetings are not quite enough, counselors do help facilitate a plan for attendance at more meetings in other locations.
Riverside San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc.
Morongo Indian Health Clinic
11555 ½ Potrero Rd
Banning, CA 92220
Anza Outreach Office
39100 Contreras Rd, Ste C
Anza, CA 92539
Soboba Indian Health Clinic
607 Donna Way
San Jacinto, CA 92583
Pechanga Indian Health Clinic
12784 Pechanga Rd
Temecula, CA 92390
Torres-Martinez Health Clinic
66-735 Martinez Rd
Thermal, CA 92274
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