Who is eligible for treatment?

We accept clients between the ages of 18 and their early 60s. Individuals are typically referred through families or practitioners, and are evaluated for appropriateness and "goodness of fit" relative to our programs and services.

Where do the individuals in the program reside?

We provide residential services at The Ranch in Bakersfield, and The Clinic in Los Angeles. Persons receiving services through our Commerce based wraparound program reside at contracted board and care homes in Pasadena and North Hollywood, California.

What will the treatment cost, and do you accept payments from my insurance provider?

Treatment services are provided at a posted rate of $180 per day, inclusive of SSI or disability. ASC accepts appropriate insurances; however private insurance companies must be billed through the insured as reimbursement for prepaid services.

How are people referred for treatment services?

We accept referrals from individuals, licensed practitioners, social service providers, County Department of mental health contractors, regional centers and treatment facilities/hospitals.

Are your facilities licensed?

Our residential facilities are licensed by the State of California Community Care Licensing Division. Our outpatient clinics are Medi-Cal certified and accredited.

What are the credentials of the people who will provide services?

We employ a board-certified psychiatrist, a licensed psychologist, social workers, MFT's and nurses.

What is the admissions process?

Our admission process begins with a simple phone call or email. We then follow up with discussion, appropriate record review and client interview. We accept referrals from agencies, counties, physicians, and families.

Do you offer family therapy?

Available psychotherapy and group services may include family therapy where appropriate. We invite families to engage and participate in treatment processes where practical. Each therapy is unique, and therefore the application of family services is dependent upon need and intention.

What is a typical day?

Each day at our residential facilities begins appropriately in the morning, with healthy opportunities, dining and personal care. This is followed by a host of available group and individual options throughout the day. Attempts are made throughout the day to provide reasonable time for leisure activities, socialization and fun! Additionally, each resident may pursue activities of their choosing, which are also consistent with treatment goals.

Do you treat coexisting conditions?

Every resident or participant in our treatment programs is assessed for "goodness of fit". Therefore, the available services we provide must be consistent with each individual's needs. Most of our residents have had various co-occurring treatment needs throughout their mental health history. We provide appropriate substance abuse services where manageable in combination with therapies intended to help with each person's diagnosis.

How will you evaluate the client prior to admission and when the program starts?

Clients are evaluated prior to admission. This typically includes a face-to-face interview, and also must be accompanied by appropriate records and discussion with prior professionals.

How will you tailor the program to meet the specific needs of each individual?

The ASC – Treatment Group has built its reputation and systems upon the delivery of individualized services. Each individual chooses from a range of activities, consistent with their needs, but also consistent with their wants and hopes. Each treatment plan is therefore individualized and updated frequently.

Will the treatment program change as each individual improves? How?

The ASC model believes the treatment services must be fluid and ever-changing. As people demonstrate emerging needs, treatment services must adjust to meet them. As clients grow and stretch their legs forward, services must be similarly consistent with the client's changing needs.

How will I know that a client is getting better?

In a perfect world, because the individual will tell you. We believe in an empowerment model of service. Recently, one of our staff mentioned that he believed we were in the "civil liberties restoration business". Therefore, empowering our clients to learn how to learn is a part of every day's treatment mission. Ideally, clients will demonstrate a greater sense of well-being, will have access to increasing independence, and will engage in guiding their therapies to meet with their life goals.

Is there research available to support the treatments you use?

The ASC treatment models are all steeped in evidence-based best practices. Therefore, from pharmacotherapy to individual and group therapy experiences, our professionals are dedicated to providing services which are always supported by evidence. Our professionals are familiar with modern methods which are employed with consistency.

How long does treatment last?

Stay can depend upon client's needs, and is therefore difficult to predict. However, over the years the average length of stay in one of our residential centers is approximately 15 months. The average length of stay, and treatment participation in our OP wraparound services program is approximately one year.

How do support groups like AA fit into your treatment model?

ASC is very supportive of ancillary services, and evidence suggests that peer support programs such as AA and NA are extremely effective. We offer opportunities for all of our participants to attend local NA/AA meetings. We also offer in-house substance abuse related treatments consistent with appropriate practice.

Do you use medications in your therapies, and if so, how?

ASC has a "gold standard" medication therapy program. This starts with our board-certified psychiatrist, and filters through our staff including our highly skilled psychiatric nurses. Medications are provided which are appropriate to condition, and in moderation. Our interest is in helping clients to feel some relief from symptoms while retaining all of the energy necessary to go about a healthy and happy life. Medication awareness and education is a large part of our pharmacotherapy program as well.

What is the discharge process and is thereafter care? What kind of aftercare do you provide, and how long will that last?

As treatment progresses, and clients begin to reach goals consistent with a transition into the community, our staff work together with appropriate referring agencies to help clients to find their next living environment. Because we recognize that every person is an individual, treatment goals and available community options are varied and complex. ASC is committed to working with the agency, family or individual to help them define the best possible environment be it transitional, or independent living.