Angel Step II is a six-month residential treatment program for women with co-occurring disorders who are fleeing from domestic violence. The Angel Step II residence is located in Bellflower, California, a southern suburb of Los Angeles. The program has been in operation for over 20 years and is run by the non-profit organization Southern California Drug and Alcohol Programs, Inc. (SCDAP). SCDAP 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.
Angel Step II residents are allowed to bring two children up to age 12 into the program. Clients can expect parenting skills training and educational and vocational counseling, in addition to substance abuse treatment. This facility often admits residents from Angel Step Inn, the organization’s emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence. Although it is referred to as transitional or supportive housing, the level of intensity of treatment is on par with a residential facility.
Accommodations and Food
The Angel Step II campus is located in a residential area of Bellflower. The small campus contains six homes and an small administrative building. Up to six women reside in each home and children can stay in rooms with their mothers.
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 can either eat communally in the campus courtyard or take meals back to their residence.
Treatment and Staff
Women attend treatment groups, both group therapy and psychoeducation classes, for 32 hours each week. They also have individual therapy at least once a week. Groups are led by CADCs and use the CBT-based Matrix Model and Living in Balance and Seeking Safety curricula. Angel Step II also employs an MFT to provide dual diagnosis support each weekday. She refers clients in need of additional therapy and medication management to a nearby mental health clinic and Angel Step II provides transportation to all appointments.
Clients are required to attend daily 12-step meetings on-site or nearby. Once women have earned privileges to leave the facility, typically after 30 days, their sponsors can transport them to meetings.
School-aged children attend a nearby public elementary school. There’s an on-site childcare center, The Playhouse, in which residents take turns watching each other’s children under the supervision of a childcare coordinator who gives them parenting guidance.
In their final months of treatment, residents work with their primary counselor to set and achieve educational and work goals. The staff facilitates residents earning their GEDs, learning new job skills and taking work in the community.
After their first month in treatment, women are eligible to earn two-hour passes for walks and eight-hour and 12-hour passes each month to leave the campus for shopping and family visits. Family members are invited to attend a family group on Saturdays and then visit with residents afterward.
As women near the end of treatment, the counseling staff work with social workers to help residents locate sober living facilities or reunify with other family members. They also create aftercare plans that may include outpatient treatment, individual therapy and peer support meetings.
For over 20 years, Angel Step II has helped women learn how to manage life with co-occurring disorders and heal from the trauma of domestic violence. By providing clients with intensive therapy, peer support meetings, parenting guidance and job training, Angel Step II helps women to become emotionally and financially self-sufficient as they learn how to create stable lives in recovery.
Angel Step II
16314 Cornuta Ave
Bellflower, CA 90706
Angel Step II Cost: Sliding scale. Many clients receive funding for treatment through Cal-Works or subsidies through the Department of Child and Family Services. Reach Angel Step II by phone at (562) 461-9272.
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