Creative Alternatives operates 13 Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP) homes in Stanislaus and Merced Counties to serve males and those that identify as male, ages 6 to nonminor dependent. Our STRTP environment is designed to successfully stabilize and effectively transition youth from intensive residential treatment to reunification with their natural family, foster care, or in some cases, emancipation. 
Our STRTP homes are designed to provide a safe, secure therapeutic environment for youth with specialty mental health needs. These youth are provided with close supervision to protect them from endangering themselves and others.Our high staff-to-client ratio enables the youth to thrive and learn appropriate behavior in dealing with their frustrations. In an accepting, therapeutic manner, we try to rebuild their broken spirits so that one day they will lead responsible, productive and happy lives.
If appropriate, an attempt is made to reconstruct natural family relationships. If that is not possible, we attempt to develop another support system for the client. If we are able to equip the child with family living skills, it may enable them to successfully parent a new generation. Hopefully, the dysfunctional family cycle will be broken. This is a most difficult task, but not impossible.

Program Philosophy

Each child is totally unique.

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Each child has potential.

Hope is motivational.

  • We should accept the children as they are. We are motivated by visualizing what they can become.

  • For positive change to occur, negative behavior must be replaced with positive behavior.

    Good behavior leads to good internal feelings.

    A trusting relationship between client and staff is often the catalyst for positive change.

  • Children are responsible for their actions.

    We cannot change the past, but we can help to reformat the past negative experiences and improve our present situation.

COUNSELING CENTER

Creative Alternatives Counseling Center provides outpatient individual, family and group psychotherapy for children and adolescents who are placed in the Creative Alternatives Residential and Foster Family Programs.

Psychiatric Treatment

Each resident has access to psychiatric services by our consulting, board-certified child psychiatrist. After the intake assessment, residents are seen on a regular basis for medication and behavioral reviews. Services are provided to Creative Alternatives offices located in Turlock and Merced.

Residential Care

Creative Alternatives operates 15 residential care homes (RCL Level 11) in Stanislaus and Merced Counties. Our group home environment is designed to prepare emotionally fragile youth for the transition from group living to reunification with their natural family, foster care, or in some cases, emancipation. In a nurturing environment, our children are taught independent living skills which range from basic daily functioning tasks to money management and job training. Youth are empowered, on an individualized basis, by learning appropriate communication and socialization skills

Our STRTP Homes:

Stanislaus County Homes

Arbor House (Capacity 7, License #507002607)
Berkeley Cottage (Capacity 8, License #500305469)
Berkeley Lodge (Capacity 8, License #500308363)
Duke Court (Capacity 6, License #507001576)
Greenway Orchard (Capacity 8, License #500313263)
Santa Fe Station (Capacity 6, License #500312835)
Seattle House (Capacity 6, License #507001670)
Tuolumne Inn (Capacity 8, Licensee #500311481)

Merced County Homes

Bear Creak (Capacity 6, License #247201359)
Harmony House (Capacity 6, License #247202591)
Merced Ranch (Capacity 8, License #247200747)
Saratoga House (Capacity 4, License #247200865)
Wake Forest (Capacity 6, License #247203412)

Sometimes the most difficult battle is the battle within.​

Creative Alternatives offers a wide range of mental health services that support its residents’ personal growth, increases their personal, social and life skills, promotes their emotional and behavioral stability and help encourages each resident to reach their placement goal of family reunification or lower level of care such as a foster home or successful emancipation.

 
Some of our services Include
 
 

Counseling Center

Creative Alternatives Counseling Center provides outpatient individual, family and group psychotherapy for children and adolescents who are placed in the Creative Alternatives Residential and Foster Family Programs. Through a therapeutic, supportive, caring environment and a capable therapist, the individual can develop the necessary trust and skills to deal with and work through those emotional and/or behavioral problems that are impacting their success. It is the goal that every resident will develop internal self-regulation and control, take responsibility for their actions and try new solutions to old problems.

 

Psychiatric Treatment

Each resident has access to psychiatric services by our consulting, board-certified child psychiatrist. After the intake assessment, residents are seen on a regular basis for medication and behavioral reviews. Services are provided to Creative Alternatives offices located in Turlock and Merced.

  • In-home Weekly Individual and Group Counseling. Current group materials obtained from Global Priority Solutions include a roundtable methodology that focuses on personal and social values and principles such as goal setting, attitude, responsibility, ambition, teamwork, etc.
  • Individualized Needs Assessment. Personal strengths exploration, life-long connections identification and goals development is regularly done with each resident in conjunction with group home staff, social worker and, when available, significant others in the child’s life so that the child feels valued and supported and develops a sense of purpose and direction.
  • Monthly Residents-Staff Meetings. Facilitate and promote problem-solving, personal, social, communication and relationship skills in a healthy, supportive and therapeutic milieu.
  • Quarterly Therapeutic Team Meetings.  Assesses and ascertain progress and movement toward skill-acquisition, emotional and behavioral goals.
  • Treatment Decision-Making Meetings (TDMs). Conducted as needed with all relevant parties such as the referral agent, family, life-long connection individuals, teachers and county social workers to ensure proper placement and service delivery.
  • Clinical Team Advocacy. Clinical team advocates for residents’ needs and goals in relation to the residential environment, county of origin services, school placement and extracurricular opportunities.
  • Training and Skills Acquisition. To ensure the highest professional services delivery, the clinical team provides ongoing support and skills training to group home staff.
 

Have questions?

For information or further questions about our Mental Health services, feel free to reach out to us at any time!