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Valley Health Associates Opens FIRST Youth Outpatient Treatment for Salinas

SALINAS, California, November 2019: In the same month that Fentanyl overdoses have

skyrocketed in Monterey County, Valley Health Associates announced the opening of a vital

Youth Outpatient Treatment Program, the first of its kind in Salinas, CA. The unique

program is designed for YOUTH (12-17 years of age) and transitional YOUTH (18-24 years of


We learned more about my child’s addiction within our first two hours of program time at

Valley Health Associates than we had in two years of attempting other strategies.”

~Anonymous Parent, North Monterey County

Widely acknowledged as an epidemic, Valley Health Associates aims to improve the

outcomes for those suffering from Substance Use Disorder (SUD), especially Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) in our community. For youth, the negative effects associated with this chronic illness may include arrest or juvenile detention; serious injury; suspension/expulsion; getting fired or problems getting hired; losing friendships or connection with family; and at times even harsher

consequences, including death.

The adolescent brain, in particular, is highly prone to addiction. According to the American

Addiction Centers, “abusing [opioids] or alcohol regularly before the brain is completely

formed can increase the odds of becoming addicted to these substances.”


The good news is that due to improvements in research- and evidence-based programs,

especially in using Medication Assisted Treatments, recovery is possible and lives are being

saved. However, such a program was not available to youth in Salinas until now. The new

Youth Outpatient Treatment Program at Valley Health Associates anticipates improvements for our young clients in the following realms:

• Family connectedness

• Healthier friendships

• School engagement

• Capacity to hold a job

• Goal setting & accomplishment

• Openness to talk

• Decrease in risky behaviors

• Excitement for life

Program Contact:

Michael Salinas (RADT), Program Director

(831) 424-6655 x11



With the aim of recovery, wellness, and full social function through healthy and productive

lifestyle changes, Valley Health Associate’s Youth Outpatient Program is currently taking

referrals. Please contact Program Director, Michael Salinas, at (831) 424-6655 x11 or

msalinas@valleyhealthassociates.com with referrals or any questions.