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Causes: Human Services, Mental Health, Senior Centers, Seniors, Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment, Substance Abuse Prevention, Substance Abuse Treatment

Mission: Providing treatment for substance abuse, mental health, drug-free transitional living, older adult services, hiv/aids education and prevention, and other related health services to the residents of southern california.

Programs: Residential and outpatient services:behavioral health services (bhs) offers extended residential (client lives at the treatment location for the duration of treatment) services for men, women and their children up to the age of 10 years at four sites across los angeles county. Realizing that recovery is a life-long process, long-term residential services stress a completely drug/alcohol-free lifestyle, physical and spiritual recovery, employment readiness skills, parenting and social skills. Methods of care range from individual counseling, to group counseling, employment-seeking skills training, 12-step self help groups, varied sober social experiences and recreational therapy. Bhs staff provides services to indigent clients, women and children, hiv+ patients and those who also have a mental illness in addition to their drug/alcohol addiction. Youth:bhs provides outpatient substance abuse treatment and mental health services to adolescents age 12 to 18. Adolescent treatment services include assessment, treatment planning, alcohol and other drug education, group, individual and family counseling and social/recreational activities. Program activities are provided after school hours and on saturdays. The adolescent substance abuse treatment services are geared toward both adolescents identified as high risk for substance abuse and adolescents who have already developed patterns of abuse or addiction. Mental health services are provided for adolescents with co-occurring substance abuse and for adolescents eligible for early periodic screening, diagnosis and treatment (epsdt) under the california medi-cal program. Detox:the primary purpose of the detoxification program is to prevent the pain, discomfort, and potential medical and psychiatric problems that can result from stopping the use of alcohol or drugs to which an individual is addicted. However, detoxification alone is usually of only temporary benefit in reducing drug abuse and its associated behaviors. For this reason, the detoxification program also addresses the concepts of treatment as related to continued recovery, introduce the client to the self-help group network, and focus on discharge planning and aftercare to facilitate entry of the client into ongoing treatment. Detoxification of the addicted individual is an important step toward long-term treatment, not as the end point of treatment. Mental health:bhs mental health programs provide case management, medication management and mental health services in an outpatient setting. Services are provided under contract with the los angeles county department of mental health to medi-cal eligible adolescents and adults. Services are geared toward the promotion of optimal levels of behavioral and emotional functioning in safe, stable environments, and preparation of clients for more effective functioning in the community. Interventions available include thorough assessment by qualified staff, focused treatment in individual, family and group counseling, and collaboration with other community-based providers. Outpatient treatment:bhs offers non-residential (outpatient) treatment at eight locations throughout los angeles county. The california department of alcohol and drug programs certify all programs. Services include screening and assessment; drug-free counseling; random drug/alcohol testing; parenting education; domestic violence programs; anger management; and detoxification referrals. Treatment methods involve group counseling, educational services, individual counseling, hiv education, and referrals to other community-based services after discharge.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Their staff don't stay with them, they end up either getting screwed by them or quit!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This company is horrible, their management needs a serious overhaul. Their only requirements to work as a "counselor" is only a high school diploma and to be enrolled into an accredited addiction studies program. I am sorry but this is absurd, there are people with serious mental health issues that a high school diploma and a couple of classes just can't fix. They need to raise the bar when it comes to hiring counselors but instead they are just trying to save a buck!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been familiar with this agency for 15+ years. It does outstanding work. BHS has the tag line: A Tradition of Caring. And that is just what it does. Serving over 14,000 of LA County's poor who suffer with addiction issues as well as mental health issues, it does exceptional work with the resources it has been given.
BHS is in the forefront of Evidence Based Treatment and strives to provide best practice through its dedicated and well trained staff. BHS considers its staff, its greatest asset. This staff provides medical assisted treatment, individual and group for the youth, the men and women-with and without children who come to its doors.
It is with great sadness that I read the review from a former disgruntled employee identified as Counselor II. It is indeed sad that the mean-spirited lies used so discolors the truth about BHS. However, I am always hopeful that a person seeking help will find their way to our door for excellent service and that those who fund us and audit us find an A+ agency.