The Tarzana Treatment Centers, which have been providing integrated health care services in the Antelope Valley of Los Angeles County for just over half a century, will use Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program (BHCIP) funds to expand their youth outpatient substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services. The expansion will allow the agency to meet the needs of 100 additional youth annually through individual and group sessions that incorporate evidence-based practices, along with sessions addressing psychosocial education, 12-step facilitation, family and community issues, and physical health. The new building will house staff offices and private and group counseling and education rooms, as well as administrative space.
Tarzana Treatment Centers’ Youth Services Division provides individualized treatment plans for youth and their families, to ensure program participants reach their treatment goals. Their staff members include both individuals with lived experience and Spanish speakers to ensure an agency culture that is respectful of all youth and their family members.
In providing support to the project, Lisa Wong, PsyD, acting director, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, and Barbara Ferrer, PhD, director, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, noted, “The County’s primary focus is expanding the behavioral health continuum infrastructure in Los Angeles in order to better serve our communities and the needs of the people in our communities. This proposed project is expected to help meet the priorities of both the State and the County by expanding the behavioral health continuum infrastructure.”