Founded in the early 1970s as a county-funded regional service provider, Sutter-Yuba Mental Health Services (SYMHS) offers outpatient drug and alcohol treatment, including dual diagnosis support, for those living in Sutter County, in rural Northern California. Combining 12-step principles with evidence-based practices, the program aims to help people achieve sobriety and reintegrate themselves into society. There are three programs—Options for Change, First Step Perinatal and a dual diagnosis program. Options for Change is an adult outpatient program that treats only substance abuse, and First Step treats women who are pregnant or have small children. All programs are affordable—either free or available on a sliding scale, depending on clients’ ability to pay.
Treatment and Staff
Outpatient therapy at SYMHS begins with a mandatory orientation, which is held every Thursday at 1 pm. In order to attend, clients must call ahead to reserve a spot—the groups can fill up fast. At orientation, each person meets with a drug and alcohol counselor for an assessment. An individualized treatment plan will then be developed and clients will be referred to the appropriate outpatient program. Length of treatment and number of group therapy sessions attended each week vary from client to client. Most—but not all—clients also participate in individual therapy.
Treatment for all three programs is similar and includes attendance at off-site 12-step meetings, CBT, relapse prevention, stress management and identifying triggers. Those in the dual diagnosis program will have medication management one-on-one with psychiatrists and attend educational groups. The goal is to empower them with knowledge about their mental illness and provide constructive ways to cope with various symptoms.
First Step offers women intensive day treatment for alcohol and drug abuse that also addresses parenting, life skills, anger management and the unique stressors that can lead to substance abuse for mothers. Admission priority is given to pregnant drug users and single women with dependent children.
Staff members include licensed drug and alcohol counselors as well as psychiatrists. Typically, groups tend to hold around 10 to 15 clients. Clients have an assigned counselor who oversees their progress and conducts individual sessions.
Women in the First Step program are provided child care on-site for infants and children under five years of age.
SYMHS has many community service programs that offer affordable housing, crisis intervention, job placement and transportation.
For those in Sutter County looking for affordable outpatient treatment, including dual diagnosis and perinatal programs, Sutter-Yuba Mental Health Services may be a good fit. Combining 12-step support and evidence-based practices, it offers a holistic approach to recovery and community services that can help addicts and alcoholics get back on their feet and reintegrated into society.
Sutter-Yuba Mental Health Services
1965 Live Oak Blvd, Ste A
Yuba City, CA 95991
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