Service League was created in 1990 to provide supportive services to the residents of San Mateo County, California, just south of San Francisco. Operating religious services within the county’s jails and prisons, Service League also provides re-entry services to parolees and transitional care homes. For women, pregnant women and women with infants seeking live-in substance abuse treatment and living accommodations, Service League offers Hope House—a residential treatment program.
Previously, Hope House was a six-month program. However, recent changes to state funding through Drug Medi-Cal have made treatment plans significantly shorter.
Accommodations and Food
Up to 16 women reside in the Hope House program at one time. The program occupies two adjacent homes in a residential area of Redwood City. Women have roommates and up to four residents can have their infants with them. The homes feature exercise equipment and TV rooms.
Residents have cooking classes and use the skills they develop to plan and prepare meals for the each other, rotating duties.
Treatment and Staff
The length of treatment is dictated by Drug Medi-Cal’s estimation of the needs of the client. Women typically spend six hours in group therapy each weekday and schedule individual therapy as-needed. Groups use CBT, Motivational Interviewing (MI) and DBT to help clients identify triggers and develop coping skills. They also have psychoeducation classes in anger management, parenting, job skills and HIV education. In addition, residents participate in recreational and experiential therapy such as yoga therapy, knitting and art therapy.
The treatment team is primarily made of CADCs and an MFT is available for dual diagnosis support. Clients in need of medication management for co-occurring disorders are transported to a nearby mental health clinic.
Clients are encouraged to attend several 12-step meetings each week, and Hope House provides transportation to meetings in the community each evening.
Residents able to secure employment or return to school may also apply to Hope House’s transitional care housing facilities as they near the end of the residential treatment plan.
Hope House works with the local courts to help women reunify with their families, and family visiting hours can also be arranged throughout the week. Hope House facilitates classes with Stanford University’s Continuing Education programs.
The treatment team provides extensive case management services and helps women find nearby Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) for aftercare. Once they’ve completed their treatment plan, women are Hope House alumni for life and are encouraged to drop in for continued support as they continue their journey in recovery.
For over 20 years, Service League has been helping incarcerated and at-risk residents of San Mateo county secure housing and mental health and substance abuse treatment. Its Hope House residential program for women, pregnant women and women with infants provides treatment rich in therapy and life skills training. With extensive case management services, aftercare and alumni support, Hope House clients have advocates for their recovery and success for life.
Service League: Hope House
727 Middlefield Rd
Redwood City, CA 94063
Service League Hope House Women’s Residential Cost: Medi-Cal provides funding for most clients. Reach Hope House by phone at (650) 363-8735. Find Service League on Facebook
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