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Tuolumne County Behavioral Health


Tuolumne County Behavioral HealthThe Basics

Located in Sonora, California, Tuolumne County Behavioral Health has been providing outpatient substance abuse services and dual diagnosis support to adults and adolescents since 1989. Neighboring Yosemite National Park, Tuolumne County Behavioral Health creates individualized treatment plans that consist of a combination of the 12 steps, group therapy, addiction education and psychiatric support.

Treatment and Staff

Tuolumne County Behavioral Health clients enter a lobby area, where they check in with reception. The facility is comfortable enough, but basic in décor. Individual chairs line the walls of the foray along with a water cooler and magazines. The counseling rooms resemble conference areas, with chairs either in a circle or at a table.

The first step in treatment is an initial assessment. Clients who are diagnosed as needing substance abuse treatment are scheduled for three individual sessions to see what sort of treatment regimen is appropriate. Dual diagnosis clients must be seen by the adjoining mental health clinic as well as the substance abuse department for a proper assessment and a psychiatrist screens people on medication. After the first three individual therapy sessions, clients are assigned a primary counselor they see at least once a week. Individual and group therapy sessions are 60 minutes.

Tuolumne County does not offer specific programs (such as outpatient or IOP) but rather targets each person’s needs and assigns groups accordingly. Group topics include PTSD, anxiety and depression and mental health and nutrition. Clients receive addiction education, bi-polar support, gender specific groups and if appropriate, parenting classes and family group. DBT is one of the primary therapeutic modalities.

AA and NA meetings are held on-site. These meetings are open to the public and outpatient clients are encouraged to attend. Clients who are court ordered must get attendance slips signed and are subject to random drug tests.

The adolescent outpatient program treats individuals 18 years old and younger. In this program families meet twice a week for 90 minutes. The first night is family education, which details addiction studies and family dynamics. The second night, families meet privately, with the client present.

The treatment team consists of Master’s-level therapists, licensed substance abuse counselors and psychiatrists. CSACs and therapists facilitate all groups.


Dual diagnosis support groups specializing in bi-polar disorder and PTSD are offered free of charge and open to the public though potential clients should call for the schedule as it is subject to change.

In Summary

Tuolumne County Behavioral Health offers a good outpatient program for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders—believing that treatment should be tailored to the diagnosis. Clients can come in as often as needed and are supported well into recovery, not just through the 12 steps, but also through group support around mental health issues.

Tuolumne County Behavioral Health
105 Hospital Road
Sonora, CA 95370

Tuolumne County Behavioral Health Cost: $60-$120 per session. Reach Tuolumne County Behavioral Health by phone at (209) 533-6245 or by email. Find Tuolumne County Behavioral Health on Facebook and Twitter

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