“Providing substance abuse, co-occurring mental health, reentry, and related behavioral health services for youth, adults, and families.”

South Site

4343 Williamsbourgh Drive

Sacramento, California

(916) 395-3552

North Site

4441 Auburn Blvd., Suite E

Sacramento, California

(916) 473-5764 

West Care

Housing Alternative Living in Transition/Residential Substance Abuse Treatment

Strategies for Change provides pre- and post release reentry counseling, substance abuse treatment & case management services for the Rio Consumes Correctional Center (RCCC) HALT/RSAT program.  The program identifies the criminogenic risk factors of its participants and helps them address those issue in a constructive manner so as to reduce recidivism and increase healthy problem solving and day to day functioning. 

Proposition 36 Program

​Proposition 36, allows first- and second-time nonviolent, simple drug-possession offenders the opportunity to receive substance abuse treatment instead of incarceration. Services include outpatient substance abuse treatment, relapse prevention, aftercare, drug testing, co-occurring disorder services and mental health counseling, anger management and referrals for ancillary services as needed. Currently, Proposition 36 is an unfunded mandate. All services are private pay, County funded or Drug Medi-cal funded.

Adult Day Reporting Center

Strategies for Change is under contract with the Sacramento County Probation Department to provide counseling and case management services to Probationers. Strategies for Change uses an evidenced based gender specific cognitive-behavioral curriculum aimed at individuals (adults and youth) who are on active probation and have at least one risk need identified as a substance misuse/abuse or criminal behavior. The program uses a three phase model that includes both groups and individual counseling sessions, case management, and aftercare. A variety of counseling and learning techniques are employed such as: discussion exercises, work books, role-playing, videos, journals and mentoring. The goals of the program are:

  • To assist participants to understand the direct link between the ways in which they think and the way that they behave
  • To assist participants to accept their behavior is their responsibility and to develop an awareness of the impact of their harming behaviors on others
  • To develop self-management strategies
  • To develop pro social thinking and behavior
  • To develop appropriate relapse prevention plans
  • This program teaches participants the skills required to maintain an sustain change and provides a clear structure for prevention, intervention, and for managing relapse triggers.

There is striking overlap between drug abuse and crime. Crimes are often drug related, and drug abusers frequently encounter the criminal justice system. When Courts fail to address the defendants' drug problems, the problem generally cycles on.  Strategies for Change, Sherriff’s and Probation Departments and the Sacramento County Drug Courts are bridging the gap by providing innovative approaches to addressing both crime and drug abuse. 

The Sacramento Sheriff, Sacramento County Probation and Parole Department and Sacramento County Drug Court work directly with Strategies for Change to educated offenders to the physical and behavioral effects of their drugs and alcohol use and provided behavioral support systems so to reduce recidivism. Together we provide tangible direction and support for those wanting break the cycle and remove themselves as offenders within the criminal justice system. 

Criminal Justice Programs