Programs and Services Provided

The cost of enrolling in programs and services provided at
Substance Abuse Foundation is determined by each individual’s ability to pay, and according to a sliding scale. Homeless and low-income people, who
meet eligibility requirements, may qualify for government-funded
services with a small co-payment. Contact us to learn if your HMO
or insurance company will cover the cost of services, or if you
qualify for government-funded services.

Substance Abuse Foundation’s many programs and services are
supported by government contracts through the City and County
of Los Angeles, the State of California and the Federal government and include the following:

Programs and Services for Low-Income and Homeless Individuals

§  CalWORKs (Welfare-to-Work): Substance Abuse Foundation provides three types of California Work Opportunities and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) Substance Abuse Treatment Programs for homeless and low-income CalWORKs recipients, under a contract with the County of Los Angeles Department of Health Services, Substance Abuse Prevention and Control: CalWORKs Residential Treatment, CalWORKs Day Care Habilitative and CalWORKs Outpatient Treatment.


These programs include a full continuum of care, from the most intensive and structured Residential Treatment, to intensive Day Care Habilitative and to less intensive Outpatient Treatment. Each participant is assessed to determine the appropriate level of care. Treatment services include any or all of the following: comprehensive assessments, treatment planning, individual and group counseling and education, relapse prevention, case management and referrals, crisis counseling, aftercare planning, support groups and many other recovery services and educational/skills-building and rehabilitation services. On-site childcare is included, as needed.


ü  CalWORKs Residential Treatment - This treatment program is for eligible CalWORKs non-custodial parents. The treatment program requires a commitment to at least 90 days of treatment in a residential treatment setting, with a semi-private room, linens and towels, three meals daily and nutritious snacks. Linens and towels provided, as well as personal hygiene supplies.


ü  CalWORKs Day Care Habilitative and Outpatient Treatment - Day Care Habilitative and Outpatient Treatment Services vary in intensity and duration, according to each individual’s needs and treatment plan. Group and individual drug/alcohol counseling and recovery services will be provided, as well as case management and referrals to ancillary services. On-site child supervision is provided, as needed, during treatment activities.


§  County of Los Angeles, Department of Children and Family Services: Substance Abuse Foundation’s Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) services provide residential recovery services and/or specialized recovery services to parenting men and women referred by the Community Assessment Service Center (CASC).


§  County of Los Angeles, Department of Mental Health: Substance Abuse Foundation provides emergency housing and Basic Living Support Services (BLSS) to homeless adults with mental illness and those dual-diagnosed with mental health and substance abuse disorders, under a contract with the Los Angeles County, Department of Mental Health, Adult Justice, Housing, Employment and Education Services, Specialized Shelter Bed Program.


§  General Relief Outpatient Treatment: This outpatient treatment program is available to homeless and indigent California residents who are eligible for General Relief. Each individual’s outpatient treatment program varies in frequency and duration, depending on their assessed level of treatment needs.  Services include assessment and treatment planning, group and individual counseling, drug and alcohol education and counseling, HIV/AIDS education, drug/alcohol relapse prevention, crisis counseling and many other supportive recovery and rehabilitation services.  Childcare is provided during treatment services.


§  General Relief Board and Care: Substance Abuse Foundation is certified as a General Relief and Food Stamps “Board and Care” vendor by the County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Social Services. Board and Care services for eligible homeless and indigent men and women are provided in 24-hour residential housing. This program does not include substance abuse treatment, which may be accessed by eligible individuals on an outpatient basis and funded through other government programs at the Substance Abuse Foundation.


§  State of California, Drug/Medi-Cal Services:  Substance Abuse Foundation provides drug/alcohol and rehabilitation and vocational services to eligible homeless and low-income Drug/Medi-Cal beneficiaries under four separate contracts: Outpatient Drug Free (outpatient for general Medi-Cal participants), Outpatient Drug Free Perinatal (outpatient for pregnant women), Day Care Habilitative (intensive outpatient for young adults) and Day Care Habilitative Perinatal (intensive outpatient for pregnant women); administered by the County of Los Angeles, Department of Health Services, Substance Abuse Prevention and Control for the State of California.


ü  Perinatal Services - Outpatient and Day Care Habilitative Perinatal Services are provided for Medi-Cal eligible pregnant and postpartum women.  In addition to addiction recovery services, these programs include referral to pregnancy services, education to reduce the harmful effects of alcohol and drugs on the mother and fetus, parenting skills education and education on the stages of child development.  Childcare is provided on-site while women participate in program services.


ü  Adolescent Services - Adolescents, who are Medi-Cal eligible and are referred to treatment by their social worker under the Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) program, may be eligible to enroll. Adolescent treatment services are scheduled around school, family and other commitments.  In addition to treatment, recovery and case management services, the program includes “collateral” counseling for parents, family members and guardians.


§  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Funded Programs: Substance Abuse Foundation provides substance abuse treatment with supportive services through the following Federally funded programs:


ü  The Integrated Services To Avert Risk (iSTAR) Project– The Integrated Services To Avert Risk (iSTAR) Project provides16-weeks of cultural- and gender-responsive, family centered, and trauma-informed substance abuse treatment, HIV risk-reduction interventions and services, trauma-informed mental health services, and HIV/STI/viral hepatitis counseling, testing and case management services with linkages to care and treatment. The iSTAR Project targets the needs of highly vulnerable, economically disadvantaged minority women (ages 18 years and older) who have substance use or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders and are living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS. Through the use of comprehensive evidence-based trauma-informed screenings, assessments and interventions, the iSTAR project creates a process of change through which women of color improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.


ü  Substance Abuse, Mental Health, Recovery and Transitional Services (SMaRTS) Project – The SMaRTS Project is an intensive Offender Reentry Program that provides 90 days of culturally, linguistically and gender-relevant, evidenced-based, residential substance abuse treatment and related recovery and re-entry services that that focus on reintegration back into the community with an emphasis on employment, education and family life; group activities that promote behavior change by confronting the values and behaviors that contribute to substance abuse and criminality; and a wide array of didactic and skills building groups that focus on maintaining abstinence and preventing relapse, family recovery skills, health promotion, anger management, and more.

Programs and Services for People Living with HIV/AIDS

Substance Abuse Foundation is one of the largest and most experienced providers of substance abuse treatment, mental health care, housing and comprehensive supportive services for low-income and homeless people in the greater Long Beach/South Bay area of Los Angeles County who are living with HIV/AIDS, as well as those who are triple-diagnosed with co-existing substance abuse, mental health and medical diagnoses.


Substance Abuse Foundation’s 23-year history of specialized services for People Living with HIV/AIDS began during the early years of the HIV epidemic in the late 1980’s.  Among the many programs and services offered are residential and intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment, HIV/AIDS education and prevention, mental health care, nutritional counseling, peer support groups and extensive transitional and long-term housing with supportive services.


Substance Abuse Foundation’s current HIV/AIDS service contracts include the following:


§  County of Los Angeles, Office of AIDS Programs and Policy: Substance Abuse Foundation provides residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment, supportive services, as well as transitional and long-term supportive housing, for homeless and low income people living with HIV/AIDS under three separate contracts with the County of Los Angeles, Office of AIDS Programs and Policies (OAPP) for Ryan White Care Act Services.


ü  HIV/AIDS Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation - provides residential drug and alcohol treatment and supportive services to homeless and low income people living with HIV/AIDS;


ü  HIV/AIDS Substance Abuse Transitional Housing - provides supportive transitional housing services to homeless and low income people living with HIV/AIDS; and


ü  HIV/AIDS Substance Abuse Day Treatment - provides intensive outpatient substance abuse day treatment, as well as supportive services for homeless and low income people living with, or at risk for infection of, HIV/AIDS.


§  Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) Transitional Housing and Supportive Services: Substance Abuse Foundation’s HOPWA program provides transitional housing and extensive supportive services that help low-income Persons Living with HIV/AIDS with special needs, including those who are living with substance use/misuse and mental health challenges, to stabilize in the community, while providing the drug/alcohol treatment and other supportive services that they need to transition into affordable permanent housing or permanent supportive housing.  The program is provided under a contract with the City of Los Angeles Housing Department.


Supportive Services provided at Substance Abuse Foundation include Housing Specialist Services, Benefits Counseling, Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse Services and Case Management.

Program and Services for People with a Criminal Justice History

Substance Abuse Foundation is one of the largest and most experienced non-profit providers of substance abuse treatment, rehabilitation and recovery services for criminal justice populations in the greater Long Beach/South Bay area of Los Angeles County. Substance Abuse Foundation has a 23-year history of providing parolees and other criminal justice populations with drug/alcohol treatment and comprehensive recovery services with re-entry services that include employment readiness and placement services in conjunction with substance abuse treatment.

All criminal justice program participants receive needs assessments and case management to help them transition back into the community, as well as a wide array of educational, behavior-change and skills-building services, correctional counseling, life skills training, peer support services and vocational services, including employment readiness, placement and retention.

All criminal justice programs at Substance Abuse Foundation over the past 23 years have been provided in cooperation and direct coordination with local law enforcement, juvenile justice agencies, probation and parole, jails, prisons and the courts.

Substance Abuse Foundation’s current parole and probation service contracts include the following:

  •  Forever Free: This residential treatment program provides up to six months of community-based substance abuse treatment and supportive services to eligible low-income female offenders. It is designed to help women recover from addiction and to prevent recidivism. Participants are referred directly from the drug treatment program at the California Institution for Women (CIW) or by their parole agent. The program is administered by the County of Los Angeles, Department of Health Services, in coordination with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).
  •  Parolee Services Network: This program serves non-violent, low-income male and female drug offenders who parole in Los Angeles County. A full continuum of care, from intensive residential treatment to outpatient treatment in varying levels of intensity is provided, as well as Alcohol and Drug Free Living Center housing. The program is designed to prevent recidivism and to help parolees recover from addiction and rebuild their lives in the community. Eligible participants must be referred by their parole agent of record (at the Santa Fe Springs, Huntington Park or Long Beach/Harbor Parole Complexes) in Los Angeles County.
  • AB 109 - Post-Release Community Supervision – Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program Services: Awarded in 2011, this program serves low risk (non-serious, non-violent, non-sexual) offenders, providing comprehensive services designed to assist participants in making successful re-entry. Substance Abuse Foundation provides Residential Treatment, Outpatient Treatment, supportive and skills building re-entry services and Alcohol and Drug Free Living Center (Sober Living) services through funding from the Assembly Bill 109, Public Safety Realignment Act, Post-Release Community Supervision Treatment Program for Substance Use Disorder Program (AB 109-Post-Release Supervision-SUD Program). The program is administered by the County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Health Substance Abuse Prevention and Control.
  • AB 109 Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) Transitional Housing and Transitional Housing w/child, Sober Living Environment and Sober Living Environment w/child and Job Readiness Training and Job Placement Services: Awarded in 2012, the program is designed to keep participants engaged and prepare them for independent living in affordable permanent housing by providing transitional housing and transitional housing w/child, sober living environment and sober living environment w/child, and job readiness training and job placement services to AB 109 participants under a subcontract with Haight Ashbury Free Clinics-Walden House for the Los Angeles County Probation Department.
  • Substance Abuse Services Coordinating Agency (SASCA), Community-Based Services Provider: For the past 12 years, Substance Abuse Foundation has provided substance abuse treatment and re-entry services for parolees under a subcontract with Walden House for the California Department of Corrections. Services are available to all individuals that parole to the Long Beach and Los Angeles Metropolitan areas. The program includes residential drug and alcohol treatment and supportive services, and transitional living aftercare housing and services under the following modalities and levels of intensity: 

ü  Residential Services – Substance Abuse Foundation provides all levels of intensity in its Residential Treatment program for SASCA clients: Ÿ High: This level is for dual diagnosis clients that are assessed with co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness, particularly those with serious anti-social behaviors and/or an anti-social value system, and who are assessed with significant deficiencies in all major areas of life. Ÿ Medium: This level is for those whose addiction has so impacted their lives that outpatient services are not feasible. This includes elderly clients and those that need a slower paced level of care due to mental or physical disabilities/challenges. Ÿ Low: This level is for offenders that have problems in recovery, such as a history of relapse. Substance Abuse Foundation provides a structured therapeutic community recovery environment that is staffed 24 hours daily and that promotes interpersonal and living skills through the use of “house meetings” daily, residents’ council and client advocacy group.


ü  Alcohol and Drug Free Living CentersSober Living Clients are required to participate in Certified Out-Patient Services or Certified Out-Patient Day Services and attend a minimum of three 12-step meetings and one sober living and house meeting each week. Random UA and breathalyzer tests are performed during on-going cycles or when drug/alcohol use is suspected. Houses are self-governed but are inspected at least three times each week for cleanliness and contraband.


  • Court-Referred Programs: Substance Abuse Foundation has a 16-year history of being certified by the County of Los Angeles, Department of Health Services, Alcohol and Drug Program Administration, to provide drug and alcohol education and/or counseling service for offenders who are referred by Long Beach Probation and the local Courts including:

ü  PC 1210 (formerly Proposition 36/Offender Treatment Program)

ü  Child Abuse Prevention (PC273.1)

ü  Domestic Violence Batterers Program (DVB)

ü  Deferred Entry of Judgment (PC1000)

ü  Facts on Marijuana (FOM)

ü  Anger Management

Programs and Services for American Indians

  • California American Indian Recovery Services (CAIRS): CAIRS is a substance abuse treatment and recovery support service program funded by SAMHSA and administered by the California Rural Indian Health Board. CAIRS is part of a larger, national Access to Recovery initiative created to give people the ability to choose services that meet their unique individual needs. CAIRS believes that American Indian/American Native communities in California have the best knowledge and capability
    to identify needs and solutions to substance abuse problems within their own communities. CAIRS supports this work by coordinating a network of community-based providers to help individuals and families access high quality treatment and recovery support services, of which Substance Abuse Foundation is one of those providers.

Programs and Services for U.S. Veterans

§  United States Veterans Administration: Substance Abuse Foundation provides substance abuse
treatment, transitional housing and supportive services for homeless and indigent veterans, including
homeless veterans who are dual- and triple-diagnosed with co-existing substance abuse,
mental health and medical diagnoses, funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Long Beach VA
Healthcare System.


§  Transitional Housing for Homeless Veterans Services: Substance Abuse Foundation provides Veterans who
 are in need of transitional housing and are dual- and triple-diagnosed with co-existing substance abuse,
mental health and medical diagnoses with quality housing and services that meet the needs of this special
population. Veterans are referred through the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Health Care for
Homeless Veterans Program, which provides case management services to Veterans and facilitates their
access to a broad range of medical, mental health and rehabilitative services.


§  VA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program: Substance Abuse Foundation's Veterans
Overcoming Homelessness program is an innovative long-term transitional housing program that includes
substance abuse treatment, recovery services, and a full continuum of vocational, educational, and other
veterans supportive and skills-building services, as well as access to mental health & medical care for
triple-diagnosed veterans. The program was developed in recognition of the needs of the homeless Veteran
population in the City of Long Beach and Orange County who are served by the Long Beach Veterans
Administration Medical Center.

Outpatient Fee-For-Service Programs and Services

Substance Abuse Foundation provides many specialized outpatient programs and services that help people maintain
long-term recovery, rebuild their lives and improve interpersonal/family relationships. Each specialized outpatient
program and service is conducted by a trained facilitator who provides educational and supportive group
activities. Outpatient programs and services include:


§  Court-Referred Programs: Substance Abuse Foundation has a 16-year history of being certified by the County of Los Angeles, Department of Health Services, Alcohol and Drug Program Administration, to provide approved treatment for substance abuse, domestic violence, and anger management, as well as counseling service, for offenders who are referred by Long Beach Probation and the local Courts. Certified programs and services include:

ü  PC 1210 (formerly Proposition 36/Offender Treatment Program) – The program allows first- and second-time nonviolent, simple drug possession offenders the opportunity to receive substance abuse treatment instead of incarceration. Designed to address addiction through integrated treatment and supervision, and to enhance public safety by reducing drug-related crime, individuals participate in a comprehensive process that includes assessment, treatment, probation supervision and regular progress reviews by the Court.

ü  Child Abuse Prevention (PC273.1) – The program includes methods of preventing and breaking the cycle of family violence, anger management, and parenting education that focuses, among other things, on means of identifying the developmental and emotional needs of the child.

ü  Domestic Violence Batterers/Victims Programs (DVB) – Separate programs for batterers and for victims are offered at separate times. The batterer’s 52-week program aims to provide participants with the tools to more appropriately deal with the feelings and thoughts that result in abusive behavior. The program addresses the intent and effect of power and control associated with abusive actions and utilize. The program meets LA County Probation guidelines for court ordered participants.

ü  Deferred Entry of Judgment (PC1000) – The 20-week program is for first time drug offenders who are mandated by the courts to attend a drug and alcohol education program. The program is an overview of substance abuse and addiction’s downward spiral. When the participant successfully completes his/her program and stays out of trouble, the original charge is dismissed. The benefit to the participant is a clean record and freedom to get on with his/her life.

ü  Facts on Marijuana (FOM) – A one time, two-hour intensive educational session about the detrimental effects of marijuana. Topics include how marijuana affects the brain, the acute effects of marijuana, health consequences and marijuana’s effect on school, work and social life. The course satisfies court judgments.

ü  Anger Management – The 20-week course is offered for people with anger management issues who may or may not be under court order to complete the program. The program teaches participants how to identify problem anger and learn the skills to overcome it.


§  Specialized Outpatient Programs:

ü  Relapse Prevention – Educates participants on how to stay clean and sober by teaching them how to avoid the people, places and things that put them at risk of relapse.

ü  Boundaries – Teaches participants how to build personal dignity by maintaining boundaries with others.

ü  Self-Esteem – Teaches participants how to defeat the inner critic while learning how to feel better about themselves.

ü  Framework for Recovery – Teaches participants how to recognize and avoid self-defeating thoughts and behaviors in recovery.

ü  Bringing Up Healthy Children – Teaches parents about healthy pregnancies, child development and how to raise healthy children.

ü  Parenting Education – Teaches parents how to build love, trust and healthy relationships with their children. Meets the requirements for court-ordered participants. 

Employment Services Division -See SAF Ventures Employment Services

At SAF Ventures, our employment services provide an extensive array of on-site job placement and
job training services to low-income and disadvantaged individuals who are re-entering the job market after an extended gap in employment. Many of these gaps are due to barriers to employment that may include homelessness, education, basic life-skills, health issues, a criminal justice history, substance abuse and more.

Specializing in entry level positions, our goal is to find permanent, meaningful employment for our clients. Employment services at SAF Ventures include employability assessments, written employment plans, one-on-one employment specialist services, employment preparation training, job placement,
job training and job retention services. All services are available to residents of Long Beach and surrounding areas, at no cost.

Our Employment Specialists foster partnerships with local businesses to educate employers on the unique challenges and rewards of hiring our clients and to help them overcome possible fears and reservations. Once an employer hires one of our clients, SAF Ventures promotes sound and stable
labor relations through mediation and conflict resolution services.

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Substance Abuse Foundation of Long Beach, Inc.
Telephone: 888-476-2743 (Toll free 24 hours)
or 562-987-5722, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Pacific Time Zone)

3125 East Seventh Street, Long Beach, CA 90804

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