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California YRTC Project


    JUNE 20, 2018

    On June 20th, the Indian Health Service, in consultation with the 104 federally-recognized tribes of California, held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Youth Regional Treatment Center in Davis, California. 

    JUNE 7, 2018

    YouTube video - Desert Sage Youth Wellness Center

    APRIL 11, 2018

    IHS Blog on YRTC Aftercare Pilot project

    JULY 14, 2017

    The Desert Sage Youth Wellness Center in Hemet, CA is accepting applications for admission!  This 32 bed co-ed residential treatment facility is for youth ages 12-17 with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. 

    Additional intake assistance is available by contacting the Intake/Aftercare Coordinators, Teresa Phinazee (951) 708-4043, or Renee Luhrs-MacDonald, (951) 708-4019,

    Please share this information with all interested parties including clinic personnel, family advocates, Tribal court staff, and most importantly, community members.  If at all possible, please post this information on your organization’s website.  We are here to assist you, your youth, and your communities!

    For additional information, contact:

    Marla Jones
    Desert Sage Youth Wellness Center
    Administrative Officer
    39990 Faure Road
    Hemet, CA 92544
    (951) 708-4040

    Mark Espinosa
    Indian Health Service
    Health Systems Administrator
    650 Capitol Mall, Suite 7-100
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Office: (916) 930-3981, ext. 315