Behavioral Health

Crestwood Behavioral Health


16-Bed Psychiatric Health Facility planned for Sonoma County

August 9, 2019

The Sonoma County Department of Health Services Behavioral Health Division has worked with Crestwood Behavioral Health, Inc., a private mental health services provider in Ca., for several years on plans to open a new acute Psychiatric Health Facility (PHF) in Sonoma County. On July 31st, a Community Meeting was held to share an overview of the facility’s site plans, services and programs. 

Located at 7025 Corline Court in Sebastopol, the facility will occupy a site that until early 2018 housed a facility caring for the elderly. The new PHF will be a locked unit designed to provide acute psychiatric care to individuals aged 18 to 64 years of age, primarily MediCal-eligible. The project will be a joint project with Marin County, with 14 beds dedicated to Sonoma County clients and 2 beds to Marin County clients. Services will include assessment, stabilization, recovery-focused, trauma-informed treatment, and a return to the community as soon as possible. Crestwood projects an opening in late Summer or early Fall of 2020, once renovations are complete. A public meeting is being planned for the evening of August 27th by the City of Sebastopol Planning Commission.,+Sebastopol,+CA+95472/@38.3899397,-122.813894,3a,7


Crestwood and Resilience Inc

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Crestwood Behavioral Health, Inc., one of California’s leading providers of mental health services, today acquired the assets of Resilience, Inc., a pioneer in the fast-growing field of peer-provided training and support, a move the company says will continue to expand its capabilities in next-generation approaches to mental health treatment and healing. 

Peer support is an evidence-based model that relies on peer providers’ own struggles with mental health issues or substance abuse to inform care and build trusting relationships that are sometimes not possible in traditional therapeutic environments. Peer support builds on the belief that recovery is possible for everyone but also stresses future-focused personal wellness and resilience. Currently, 42 states offer peer specialist training and certification. 

Resilience, Inc. was founded in 2015 by Eugene Johnson and Lori Ashcraft. Over a 45-year career, Mr. Johnson created 53 programs in 23 communities in the U.S. and two foreign countries in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, and homeless services. Dr. Ashcraft served as Mental Health Director for Sacramento County and the Deputy Director for Community Programs of the California Department of Mental Health

For the past 20 years, the peer support training curriculum developed by Dr. Ashcraft, now in its third revision, has been used to train over 5,000 peer providers throughout the U.S. and abroad. “This partnership is a tremendous step forward in advancing the implementation of peer-supported services, not just in California, but across the country and internationally,” said Johnson.

 “We have known and respected the Crestwood team for years, and this could not have come at a better time in our own organization’s growth,” he said. “Crestwood seeks to lead the mental health community by example,” said George Lytal, the company’s CEO. “At Crestwood, we have always believed that recovery helps a person make the most of their life and achieve a sense of balance and fulfillment. Gene and Lori’s work will help Crestwood broaden its approach and effectiveness, and I’m pleased that they will remain active members of the Crestwood family,”

 About Crestwood Behavioral Health Headquartered in Sacramento, California, Crestwood Behavioral Health was founded in 1968 by James M. Dobbins, Sr. as Crestwood Hospitals Inc., a convalescent care provider. Over the years, Crestwood has evolved to become one of the state’s leading mental health care providers dedicated to offering a continuum of services that empower clients to live and succeed in their communities. Our focus is on creating strong relationships with counties in which we both have a financial commitment, providing the services which are tailored to meet our clients’ specific needs, and reinforcing a common set of values that guide our practices and policies. 

CONTACT: Larry Kamer for Crestwood Behavioral Health 415/290-7240 


Legislative Updates SB 10

SB 10 Assembly Health Committee Hearing Tuesday, June 11, 2019 1:30 PM


California Association of
Mental Health Peer Run Organizations

SB 10 Assembly Health Committee Hearing
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 1:30 PM (1st on Agenda)

WOOD, Chair
State Capitol, Room 4202
Listen to this hearing
Committees: Health

Sally Zinman will testify!

READ CA SB-10 (Beall-D) Amended May 17, 2019

SB-10 (Beall) 2019-2020

SB-10 (Beal) Mental health services: peer, parent, transition-age, and family support specialist certification.(2019-2020)

SB-906 (Beall and Anderson) 2017-2018)

SB-906 Mental health services and substance use disorder treatment: peer support specialist certification.(2017-2018)

Peer Certification: What are we waiting for (2015) PDF

 Peer Certification: What are we waiting for (2015)  California Mental Health Planning Council CHairperson: Cindy Exective Officer : Jane Adcock 

Examining the Opportunities, Barriers, and Precedents for the Official

Recognition and Certification of Peer Specialists in California MS 2706 PO Box 997413  Sacramento, CA 95899- 7413 916.323.4501 fax 916.319.8030 

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Advancing the CHW Workforce through Law and Policy

Webinar June 20,2019


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June 20, 10:00 - 11:30 p.m. PST

Community health workers (CHWs) are key members of both health care teams and the public health workforce and, with their close understanding of the communities they serve, are uniquely suited to help address root causes of poor health. As the CHW workforce grows, continuously evolving state laws and policies have the potential to improve public understanding of the CHW role and facilitate sustainable financing for CHWs.

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  • Advocacy webinar series for effective peer stakeholder voices.
  • Continued monthly peer webinars on Peer Best Practices, Standardization & PS4PS.
  • Empower peers throughout the State to serve on key State-level policy bodies.
  • 3 PAL Action Committees meet online: Peer Workforce, Cultural Racial & Ethnic Equity, & Public Policy.
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