“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 

Services: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Treatment

Strategies for Change provides four separate opportunities for individuals and families needing Substance Abuse Treatment: 

Day Treatment, Intensive Outpatient, Outpatient and Youth Substance abuse treatment. All services are provided on an outpatient basis and are ideal for those who require slightly less structure than a "live in" program. Clients attend programs based on their level of need and return home at the end of the day. Day Treatment and Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient treatment are offered at both agency locations. Youth treatment takes place on-site and at select school campuses. 

​All Strategies for Change clients are screened, assessed and offered the opportunity to be placed in an ideal modality to ensure his or her full emotional health needs are met while developing skills and support systems that foster health, wholeness and self-sufficiency so to mitigate the trauma associated with substance abuse and to ensure sobriety sustainability. 

Mental Health Screening & Assessment

Substance abuse often does not occur in isolation. Strategies for Change team of therapists, psychologist and psychiatrist are committed to ensure our clients full emotional health needs are met while developing skills and support systems to ensure sobriety sustainability. All clients are screened, accesses and offered the opportunity to be placed in an ideal modality to ensure his or her full emotional health needs are met while developing skills and support systems.   

All substance abuse treatment clients are screened and assessed and if applicable, referred to on-site mental health services by

their counselor. Clients receive (a minimum of 3) mental health sessions. CPS referred clients receive 10 sessions. All sessions consist

of 1-3 hours of individual counseling. Additional session approval is based on therapist/psychiatrist recommendation and

Clinical Director evaluation. 

Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment 

Co-occurring Disorder refers to co-occurring substance use (abuse or dependence) and mental disorders. Clients said to have

co-occurring disorders have one or more disorders relating to the use of alcohol and/or other drugs of abuse as well as one or more mental disorders. Integrated co-occurring disorders treatment reflects Strategies for Change longstanding concern for treating the whole person, and recognizes the importance of ensuring that entry into any one system can provide access to all needed systems.

Strategies for Change provides 6-month, co-ed Co-occurring Disorder treatment. Attention is given to mental health screening, assessment, individual counseling and psychiatric services (including medication evaluation and management). Group sessions are

90 minutes; individual sessions are 60 minutes. 

Strategies for Change mental health services are provided through a substance abuse treatment counselor referral and STARS(dependency drug court clients) referral. 

​Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment

Strategies for Change Outpatient substance abuse treatment provides the tools and resources to assist adults in sustaining sobriety. Strategies for Change Outpatient substance abuse treatment is open to adults, 18 years and older and women who are pregnant

(up to 60-days postpartum) seeking long-term sobriety. Treatment regimen is a minimum of 3 days per week and individual counseling sessions as needed. Strategies for Change provides co-ed and gender specific groups. Group sessions are 90 minutes; individual sessions are 60 minutes. Group schedule is identified during orientation. Individual sessions are scheduled directly with the counselor or at the reception desk. Aftercare is provided. 

Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment is Outpatient plus additional groups focusing on parenting skills, life skills, and gender specific groups. Treatment regimen is a minimum of 3 days per week; 6 to 9 hours weekly. Day Treatment Substance Abuse Treatment is Intensive Outpatient plus additional groups focusing on enhanced hands-on parenting skills, REBT (rational emotive behavioral therapy), and Barbara Armstrong (EBP) curriculum. Treatment regimen is a minimum of 4 days per week 3 groups per day; 22 hours weekly. 

​Services include gender specific, coed and perinatal specific group and individual counseling, family counseling, co-occurring disorder services, parenting classes, anger management, random drug screening and referrals for ancillary services as needed.  The co-ed aftercare support groups meet weekly and are open to Strategies for Change Outpatient and Perinatal program graduates and

referred STARS clients.  

Perinatal Treatment

Pregnancy is often challenging. It is particularly difficult is you are dealing with addiction. Mothers addicted to drugs are considered a threat to the health and welfare of their children. We help women get off drugs and overcome this stigma by providing substance abuse treatment for those who are pregnant or parenting minor age children. Childcare is provided on site.

Women participating in our program are committed to becoming better mothers by learning the art of parenting, nutrition, relapse prevention and coping skills. Placement within Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient treatment systems is dependent upon

individual needs. 


Graduates of Strategies for Change Day Treatment, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient substance abuse treatment services,

are invited to continue within our Aftercare series.  Strategies for Change Aftercare program focuses on reinforcement of the recovery skills learned, family relationship development and evaluation and modification of goals. 

Skills Development for the Cognitively Impaired and Alta Regional Center 

Those with cognitive impairments present with a variety of issues that make traditional counseling ineffective: Typical challenges might include: difficulty reading /writing, poor socialization skills, poor memory recall/reasoning skills and/or difficulty making cause and effect connections. Strategies’ receives direct referrals from Alta California Regional Center and Sacramento County Drug Court.

Skills Development Program

Strategies for Change leads Northern California in providing substance abuse treatment to those with cognitive impairments.

We provide gentle, effective and empathic counsel to substance abusers with compromised capacity to understand information presented and the ability to make reasoned decisions about participation. 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. 

Strategies for Change Skills Development Program provides structured treatment/case management with on-site mental health services for Sacramento and surrounding Counties and is congruent with Proposition 36 and Drug Court Probation. 

​Strategies for Change is also contracted to relieve client referrals directly from the California Alta Regional Center.  We provide gentle, effective and empathic counseling for this population that includes: Outpatient, Intensive Outpatient, and Co-occuring substance abuse treatment,  relapse prevention, aftercare, anger management, and parenting as requested.  Case management is provided

by Alta Regional.    

Ryan White Program

The Ryan White Program works with cities, states, and local community-based organizations to provide HIV-related services to more than half a million people each year. The program is for those who do not have sufficient health care coverage or financial resources for coping with HIV disease. Ryan White fills the gaps in care not covered by these other sources. The majority of Ryan White funds support primary medical care and essential case management and support services.  Strategies for Change focuses on medical case management, case management and substance abuse services in an Outpatient program.