Service Descriptions

Sacramento County

Substance Use Prevention & Treatment Service Descriptions


We provide a continuum of care that includes a wide-range of services for the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders. We contract with an array of community-based service providers throughout Sacramento County. If you have questions regarding our services, please call 916-875-2050. Services include: 


Prevention Services

Prevention Services are those programs directed at individuals who have not been determined to require treatment for a substance use disorder. Prevention service programs include strategies and initiatives which reduce both direct and indirect adverse personal, social, health, and economic consequences resulting from problematic alcohol and drug availability, manufacture, distribution, promotion, sales, and use. The desired result is to promote safe and healthy behaviors and environments for individuals, families and our community. 

Outpatient Services

Outpatient Services include intake and assessment for a substance use disorder, treatment planning, individual counseling, group counseling, family therapy, collateral services, member education, medication services, crisis intervention services, and discharge planning. Services are provided by a licensed professional or a certified counselor in-person, by telephone, or by tele-health in any appropriate, confidential setting in the community. Outpatient Services are provided up to nine hours per week for adults and up to six hours per week for youth when determined to be medically necessary and in accordance with an individualized client plan. 

Intensive Outpatient Services

Intensive Outpatient Services include the same components as Outpatient Services with an increased number of service hours as the main difference. Intensive Outpatient Services are provided to adults a minimum of nine hours with a maximum of 19 hours per week and a minimum of six hours with a maximum of 19 hours per week for youth when determined to be medically necessary and in accordance with an individualized client plan. Services are provided by a licensed professional or a certified counselor in-person, by telephone, or by tele-health in any appropriate, confidential setting in the community.

Residential Treatment

Residential Treatment is a non-institutional, 24-hour non-medical, short-term living support and structure with available trained personnel who provide rehabilitation services to individuals, with a substance use disorder diagnosis, when determined as medically necessary and in accordance with an individualized treatment plan. An individual shall live on the premises and will be supported in their efforts to restore, maintain, apply interpersonal and independent living skills, and access community support systems. The length of stay may range from 1 – 90 days based on medical necessity. The service provider and resident work collaboratively to define barriers, set priorities, establish goals, create treatment plans, and solve substance use related problems. Goals include sustaining abstinence, preparing for relapse triggers, improving personal health and social functioning, and engaging in continuing care. 

Withdrawal Management (Detoxification)

Withdrawal Management Services are provided when determined as medically necessary and in accordance with an individualized client plan. Withdrawal Management Services include intake and assessment, observation and monitoring to evaluate health status of individuals during the detoxification process, medication services, and discharge planning. Medically necessary habilitative and rehabilitative services are provided in accordance with an individualized client plan as prescribed by a licensed physician, or licensed prescriber and approved and authorized according to the State of California requirements.

Medication-Assisted Treatment

Medication-Assisted Treatment includes the same components as Outpatient Services with the inclusion of medical psychotherapy consisting of face-to-face discussion conducted by a physician on a one-on-one basis with an individual. Medication-Assisted Treatment includes the ordering, prescribing, administering, and monitoring of all medications for substance use disorders. Opioid and alcohol dependence, in particular, have well established medication options. Medication assisted treatment may include (varies by clinic): methadone, buprenorphine, naloxone and disulfiram.

Case Management Services

Case Management Services are provided by a licensed professional or a certified counselor in-person, by telephone, or by tele-health in any appropriate, confidential setting in the community. Case Management Services includes monitoring progress and periodic reassessment of individual needs to determine the need for continuation of services; transitions to higher or lower levels of care; and/or, periodic revision of the treatment plan. Case Management Services also include communication, coordination, and referral and related activities; monitoring service delivery to ensure access to services/service delivery systems; monitoring progress; member advocacy; linkages to physical and mental health care, transportation; and, retention in primary care services. Case Management Services assist individuals in accessing needed medical, educational, social, legal, financial, prevocational, vocational, rehabilitative, or other community services. These services focus on coordination of substance use disorder care, integration of primary care especially for members with a chronic substance use disorder, and interaction with the criminal justice system, if needed. 

Recovery Services

Recovery Services are important to an individual’s recovery and wellness. Recovery Services empower prepare individuals to manage their health and health care. Recovery Services include individual and group counseling; recovery monitoring/substance abuse assistance (recovery coaching, relapse prevention, and peer-to-peer services); and case management (linkages to educational, vocational, family supports, community-based supports, housing, transportation, and other services based on need). Recovery Services are provided by a licensed professional or a certified counselor in-person, by telephone, or by tele-health in any appropriate, confidential setting in the community.

Driving Under the Influence Programs

An individual’s driving privilege will be suspended when charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI). According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the suspension or revocation is an immediate administrative action taken against the driving privilege only. An individual with a DUI will be required to complete a State of California licensed DUI Program before eligible to obtain an unrestricted license. Following a DUI arrest and upon a Court conviction, the DMV is notified of the offense and the offender is referred to a DUI Program. It is the offender’s responsibility to enroll in a DUI Program; failure to do so will result in a notification to the Court for a re-referral. The DUI Program notifies the Court of an offender’s enrollment in, completion of, or dismissal from the program. As of July 2017, Sacramento County’s State-licensed DUI Programs are offered through ​Bridges Professional Treatment Services, Safety Center, Inc., and Terra Nova Counseling Center.

Collaborative Courts and Programs

​​Collaborative Courts, also known as problem-solving courts, combine judicial supervision with rehabilitation services that are rigorously monitored and focused on recovery to reduce recidivism and improve offender outcomes. These courts reduce trauma on victims and provide offenders with services, such as alcohol and/or drug treatment, rather than jail time. These problem-solving courts promote accountability by combining judicial supervision with rigorously monitored rehabilitation and treatment services in lieu of detention.

​Collaborative Courts are geared towards improving justice system outcomes by focusing on underlying problems such as mental health issues or substance use disorders. Collaborative justice principles include a multidisciplinary team approach with involvement from the court, attorneys, law enforcement, probation, and service agencies to address offenders' complex social and behavioral problems. Each court operates slightly differently with varying eligibility criteria, requirements, length, sanctions and incentives, services, and graduation criteria.  


  • Recovery Court
    ​​Recovery Court is a treatment based program for non-violent drug possession convictions, violations of probation, and/or certain drug-related & property crimes. Individuals who have a history of or evidence of present drug misuse or addiction and their use or addiction is at least one motivating factor in committing a crime may be eligible for treatment rather jail time. Individuals who establish a consistent pattern of clean drug tests, employment or enrollment in vocational or educational programs, and other proof of a stabilized lifestyle, graduate from the program and criminal charges are dismissed. If an individual does not or cannot comply with requirements of the treatment program plan and discontinue the use of drugs, participation in the program is terminated. The individual is returned to custody and criminal proceedings are resumed. 
  • Chronic Nuisance Offender Program
    ​​Focuses on repeat criminal offenders who negatively impact public safety and quality of life by addressing substance abuse, mental illness, and housing needs. Booking officers refer eligible individual to the District Attorney’s Office for potential participation in this program that provides housing, treatment and other services as an alternative to jail.  
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Treatment Court
    ​​​Targets high-risk repeat DUI offenders to reduce recidivism and decrease alcohol-related collisions, injuries, and fatalities. This voluntary program strives to change the offender’s thinking about substance use and will hold them accountable by offering treatment, supervision, and frequent court appearances. The program components consist of treatment (individual and group counseling), regular attendance at self-help meetings (such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous), random drug testing, case management services, and probation supervision. The program will also assist with obtaining education, skills, and mental health assessments and will provide referrals for vocational training, education and/or job placement services.
  • Drug Diversion Program
    ​For individuals charged with simple possession and first time drug offenses. A pre-trial diversion program in which an individual enters a plea of not guilty and waives his or her right to a trial by jury, and proceedings are suspended in order for the individual to enter a drug treatment program. Upon program completion, a motion requesting charges be dismissed will be filed. If the individual does not perform satisfactorily in the program or is convicted of specified crimes, the Court may terminate diversion and reinstate the criminal proceedings.
  • Family Treatment Courts
    ​A multidisciplinary, collaborative approach is used to serve families with substance use disorders and who are involved with the child welfare system. Well-functioning family treatment courts bring together substance use treatment providers, child welfare services, mental health agencies, and other community partners in a non-adversarial approach. They seek to provide safe environments for children, intensive judicial monitoring, and interventions to treat parents’ substance use disorders and other co-occurring risk factors.
    Dependency Family Treatment Court: A court-ordered program that serves parents with a dependency case when parental substance use was identified as a contributing factor to removal of child from parental custody. The goals are to support parents’ recovery and reunify children with their family, while also protecting future safety and welfare of children​​.
    Early Intervention Family Treatment Court: A pre-plea, voluntary program, designed to protect the safety and welfare of children while providing resources to parents needed to achieve recovery and be responsible caregivers​.
  • Prop 36 Court
    ​Non-violent offenders being charged with drug possession may be eligible to receive probation and substance use disorder treatment rather than incarceration. With proof of completion of the determined level of substance use disorder treatment needed (outpatient, intensive outpatient, residential) and 12 weeks of aftercare, plea is withdrawn and case dismissed, probation may be terminated.​
  • Mental Health Treatment Court
    ​Non-violent individuals diagnosed with specified mental health disorders or co-occurring mental and substance use disorders. DUI, sex, domestic violence or arson offenses do not qualify for this treatment. The District Attorney's Office must approve participation in the program. The program is 12 to 18 months long that requires completion of substance use treatment and compliance with mental health treatment.
  • Re-Entry Court
    ​Non-violent individuals charged with drug and property offenses eligible for County Jail Prison (CJP) or State Prison. Program services may include substance use disorder treatment, individual and group counseling, recovery activities, and links to community resources. Upon completion, term of probation is reduced and CJP time is vacated or may be permanently suspended.
  • Veterans' Treatment Court
    ​Veterans Affairs benefit eligible veterans charged with offenses related to issues from US Military service. No sex, arson or gang offenses. The program includes substance use treatment, case management, Veteran mentoring, mental health treatment, random drug and alcohol testing. Upon completion of the program, the individual may have a term reduction, termination of probation, suspension of incarceration, or case dismissal.​