North County Serenity House to Serve County North Coastal Region
Oceanside CA— North County Serenity House (NCSH), a program of HealthRIGHT 360, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, January 26, 2018 for its new outpatient substance use disorder treatment program in Oceanside. With the capacity to help 70 clients at any given time, the program is the only of its kind in the North Coastal region for pregnant and parenting women, including teens.
“The need for more robust treatment options across San Diego County is reflected in the increasing number of drug overdoses,” said April Wilson, HealthRIGHT 360’s vice president of behavioral health for Southern California. “The latest data available shows that in 2015 first responders in San Diego used an opioid overdose reversal drug 1305 times and the county’s overdose death rate is at 13 per 100,000 people, 78 percent higher than Los Angeles. ”
HealthRIGHT 360, one of the largest community healthcare providers in California, is known for integrated programs that empower clients to be proactive in their own recovery. Participants of the NCSH program will have the flexibility to create their own path to recovery through trauma-informed services in an environment designed to empower clients so they can develop support systems and healthy coping skills. An individualized treatment approach is built in collaboration with each client to their unique needs and expectations. “We pride ourselves in providing services to individuals who are otherwise unable to receive that care,” said April Wilson.
“You can help people free themselves from addiction by being a partner in their recovery. We need to provide individualized treatment paths, so clients can be in the driver’s seat,” said Andrea Kinley, program director at North County Serenity House. “Pregnant and parenting women in recovery have a unique life experience. They face different challenges and have different motivations. To succeed, they need a team that understands their experience. That’s what we provide at North County Serenity House.”
“This is about a road to recovery,” said Oceanside City Council-member, Jack Feller. Council-member Feller told the audience that he is two months shy of 35 years of sobriety. “This facility is going to be perfect for the young people that need it. The mothers have such a hard task of raising children and being part of the family. We are encouraged everyday, in the City of Oceanside, by the community that comes together and helps families.” Council-member Feller then presented a proclamation to the people of Serenity House.
Services provided by the program are evidence-based and include individual therapy, parenting coaching, vocational readiness support, relationship skill-building, emotional development groups and self-efficacy and empowerment groups, along with daycare and a computer lab.
NCSH also has an on-site homeless outreach program that offers case management and housing resources for people living on the streets.
About HealthRIGHT 360
For 50 years, HealthRIGHT 360 has provided primary medical care, mental health, substance use disorder treatment, re-entry and supportive services to those who can least afford it so they can rise and make positive change – for themselves, their families and their community. HealthRIGHT 360’s family of statewide programs includes Asian American Recovery Services, Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, Lyon-Martin Health Services, North County Serenity House, Rock Medicine, Prototypes, Tenderloin Health Services, Walden House, Women’s Community Clinic and Women’s Recovery Association. HealthRIGHT 360 is a vital part of California’s health care landscape.