Located in the Portland suburb of Beaverton, Oregon, Sequoia Mental Health Services has provided mental health, substance abuse and addiction services to the community of Washington County since 1981. Specializing in psychiatric, emotional and developmental issues, Sequoia operates three licensed residential treatment homes, as well as a variety of other services including its outpatient program.
Accommodations and Food
Sequoia’s residential treatment homes offer clients a safe and structured environment in which to focus on their recovery, generally for a stay of three to six months. Two of the houses accommodate five clients, and a third fits seven. All of Sequoia’s residential treatment locations have private rooms, except for one room in its Myrtlewood house that is shared between two people. Rooms contain comfortable twin beds, storage space and easy access to a shared bathroom.
Clients share communal breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. While each resident is encouraged to assist with the food preparation, the 24/7 on-site staff oversees the cooking of all meals. Meals come from a varied menu of healthy eating choices, and particular dietary requirements are accommodated.
Treatment and Staff
The facility’s mental health professionals follow evidence-based practices, including CBT, and they adhere to specific program guidelines such as the Illness Management and Recovery curriculum. Sequoia’s residential treatment program has a separate intake from the programs hosted at the Sequoia Mental Health Services facility. The residential services are designed specifically for clients with severe and persistent mental health issues. Clients recovering from substance abuse are offered residential treatment if they also require dual diagnosis support due to co-occurring disorders.
Residents start their day with a communal breakfast, followed by a 30-minute community meeting in which they discuss the day ahead and personal goals. Post-breakfast activity is often focused around exercise or community involvement. After lunch, group therapy is held at the Sequoia main facility, and residents will either walk or be driven there, depending on weather and their location.
The Sequoia facility also offers an outpatient program for those not able or interested in joining one of the three residential homes. This treatment generally lasts around six months. Following an intake screening, each outpatient client receives an individualized treatment plan that includes medication management and case management services. Enrolled clients then partake in several one-hour group therapy each week, as well as individual therapy, depending on their needs. While Sequoia does not offer a detox program, dual diagnosis support is offered with the outpatient program.
Mental heath therapists, counselors and CSWs are all on staff. Doctors are also available, however their involvement with clients is limited to the prescription of medications.
In addition to their adult outpatient treatment, the facility offers child and family programs. These services include evaluations and consultations; group and individual therapy; and medication and case management for children six years and older.
Sequoia also offers a supportive housing initiative, which provides transitional living spaces. Sequoia oversees four apartment complexes, and clients residing at any of these locations have access to clinical treatment integration if necessary.
Sequoia offers plenty of support to its clients. While those solely struggling with substance abuse won’t have access to the residential program, the outpatient treatment and qualified staff at the Sequoia facility provide ample assistance. Its clinical reach and focus on community integration make Sequoia Mental Health Services a valuable resource for those seeking dual diagnosis support in Beaverton.
Sequoia Mental Health Services Location
4585 SW 185th Ave
Aloha, OR 97007
Sequoia Mental Health Services Cost
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