Heritage House South is located in Costa Mesa, California and provides long-term residential treatment for pregnant women. Heritage House South, which opened its doors in 1992, is the first facility in Orange County operated by the non-profit organization Southern California Drug and Alcohol Programs, Inc. (SCDAP), which was created in the 1970s to provide substance abuse treatment to under-served populations. Its offerings include residential treatment, transitional care and outpatient programs, including one that offers treatment in American Sign Language.
Heritage House South’s program is six months and women are allowed to bring one child up to age 12. Clients can expect parenting skills training, health education and vocational counseling, in addition to substance abuse treatment. Its nearby sister facility, Heritage House North, accepts women and up to three children under 12 into treatment.
Accommodations and Food
Heritage House South is located in a residential area of Costa Mesa. The small campus contains three homes, and up to six women reside in each home. Children stay in rooms with their mothers and women without children have a roommate.
The residences have TVs, common areas and a yard for relaxing, reading and games. There are also free laundry facilities. Clients cannot bring computers into treatment but after an initial 30-day stabilization period they can use cell phones. As part of their life skills training, women rotate in pairs through food preparation chores, and residents eat communally in each home.
Treatment and Staff
Women attend treatment groups, both group therapy and psychoeducation classes, from 9 am to 5 pm each day. They also have individual therapy at least once a week. Groups are led by CADCs and use CBT and other evidence-based modalities to teach relapse prevention, anger management, recovery issues and relationship skills. There are also parenting skills classes and a smoking cessation program. Clients are required to attend at least four 12-step meetings each week, which are available at a church within walking distance.
An MFT comes to the residence weekly to provide therapy for those who need dual diagnosis support. Clients in need of extensive therapy and medication management for mental health diagnoses are referred to a nearby mental health clinic.
School-aged children attend a nearby public elementary school; younger children attend the on-site daycare. A child coordinator is there to make sure children receive all the services they need and to offer parenting tips as she supervises play between mothers and children. The program has visiting nurses teach weekly classes on prenatal and postpartum health. Residents also receive transportation to their medical appointments.
After their first month in treatment, women are eligible to earn passes for walks and eight-hour and 12-hour passes each month to leave the campus for shopping and family visits. Family members can also visit on Saturdays.
As women near the end of their treatment plans, the counseling staff helps them locate transitional housing, sober living or emergency shelter. They also create aftercare plans that may include outpatient treatment, individual therapy and peer support meetings.
For over 25 years, Southern California Drug and Alcohol Program, Inc.’s Heritage House South has helped women end their addictions and improve their mental and physical health as they prepare to become mothers. Its parenting, health education and life skills classes ensure that clients graduate better able to nurture their children and create healthy, stable homes in recovery.
Heritage House South
2212 Placentia Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Heritage House South Cost: Sliding scale. Many clients receive funding for treatment through Cal-Works or subsidies through the Department of Child and Family Services. Reach Heritage House South by phone at (949) 646-2271 and by email at [email protected].
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