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Drug & Alcohol Services

All Behavioral Health clinics are deemed essential services during the Shelter in Home order. Our first priority is for clients and our community to stay safe and stay calm. We would like to reassure you that we will continue to provide you with behavioral health care in the safest way possible including offering telephone appointments in lieu of in-person visits. Both medication services and therapy/counseling services will be provided over telephone or via telehealth. Behavioral Health clinics requests all clients to call if they are needing urgent services at this time. Staff will also call our current clients over the next week to check on them. Our goal is to continue to provide consistent care as much as possible.

Following Public Health screening guidelines, all walk-in visitors will be asked to wait outside the doors until they are screened by a staff member for symptoms. Once we are back to normal operations, your treatment team will contact you to reschedule all appointments. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these difficult times!

If you are in crisis, please call the Central Coast Hotline at (800) 783-0607. You may also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HELLO to ‘741-741’.

If you need to begin Behavioral Health services, please call the access line at (800) 838-1381.

Visit for the latest public health updates and recommendations or call the SLO Public Health information line at (805) 788-2903.

The Drug & Alcohol Services Division offers a variety of services and programs to help people with drug and alcohol problems, including public walk-in clinics, outpatient treatment, and court-mandated programs.

Mission Statement:

Drug and Alcohol Services promotes safe, healthy, responsible, and informed choices concerning alcohol and other drugs through programs responsive to community needs.

Vision Statement:

San Luis Obispo County is a community that values awareness and knowledge of alcohol and other drug use and acts accordingly in a safe, healthy, responsible manner.


Adult Outpatient Substance Use Disorder Treatment

This service provides a full array of treatment options for adults (18 years and older) experiencing substance use issues.
Please contact our access line at 1 (800) 838-1381 for information or to schedule an appointment. All services are available in Spanish.

Services include:

  • Screening and Assessment
  • Treatment Planning
  • Psychotherapy
  • Medication Services
  • Psychiatry
  • Case Management
  • Adult Residential Placement

Other programs include:

Adult Justice/Court Mandated Programs

The Drug and Alcohol team provides a full array of forensic treatment options for 18+ year olds who are experiencing substance use issues and have had involvement with the legal justice system. Individuals will be assessed for level of care and to create an individualized treatment plan. Criminal justice modalities include:

  • Deferred Entry of Judgment (DEJ)
  • Proposition-36
  • Family Treatment Court (FTC)
  • Adult Drug Court (ADC)
  • Post/Pre Release Treatment Services (PRTS—AB-109).

FTC is a therapeutic court, specifically designed for parents whose substance abuse contributes to child abuse and/or neglect resulting in involvement with juvenile court dependency proceedings under Welfare and Institutions Code sec. 300, etc. FTC is comprised of a Juvenile court judge, program coordinators from Drug and Alcohol Services and Department of Child Welfare Services, social workers, treatment specialists, CASA, and workers. The team is dedicated to parent/family progress through a 12-month, 4-phase treatment court. This court provides accountability, structure, incentives, and sanctions. FTC is a collaborative approach in promoting reunification of children with healthy parents living a clean and sober lifestyle.  

Co-Occurring Disorders Program

This service provides multi-diagnosis services and treatments for people who suffer from mental illness and substance abuse.

Drug & Alcohol Services Walk In Clinics

Screening is the first step for anyone who is seeking drug and alcohol treatment or evaluation through Drug and Alcohol Services. The public is welcome to walk in and request services. We offer treatment for voluntary as well as mandated clients. After completing a screening to determine if treatment is medically necessary, a full assessment for placement in treatment is scheduled and a plan for treatment is developed between the individual seeking help and the counselor.

Youth clients can be screened in Drug & Alcohol Services locations as well as at the Prevention & Outreach offices at 277 South St., Ste. T, in San Luis Obispo.

Drug & Alcohol Services Fees

This service provides a Notice of Fee Changes that are effective for FY 2020 - 2021

Drug & Alcohol Services Residential Programs

Drug and Alcohol Services provides Recovery Residence/Residential placement of adults in higher-levels of care. These clients have been assessed as needing these highly structured Recovery Residence/Residential sober environments. These gender-specific, sober living environments create a structured and nurturing environment which foster a safe place to live, treatment (only in Residential) and  the peer-to-peer concept of recovery principles. 

Drug Medi-Cal Outpatient Delivery System (ODS)

The County of San Luis Obispo Health Agency, Behavioral Health Department is currently the primary Drug Medi-Cal certified provider in the County.

Jail-Based Services

Drug & Alcohol provides an array of jail based services for those that are incarcerated in San Luis Obispo County Jail. These services include Metal Health and Substance Use Disorder screening, assessment, and diagnosis. Based on the assessment, individuals may be eligible for Pre-Release Treatment Services which include; individual and group involvement, psychological services, and/or medication management. The main purpose of these services is to link the individual with the re-entry services and facilitate a seamless handoff to Post Release Treatment Services (PRTS).

Medication Assisted Treatment

This service provides Medication Assisted Treatment for those suffering from opiate use disorders. Opiates include heroin, morphine, oxycontin, and other narcotic pain killers. Medication Assisted Treatment is also available for those suffering from alcohol use disorders, and involves the use of medications to decrease cravings, decrease side effects of withdrawal, and to provide improved motivation to abstain from substances.

Narcotic Treatment Program (NTP)

This service provides a program with AEGIS methadone clinic for replacement therapy. This includes access to medication such as methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone). AEGIS utilizes an evidence-based, multi-disciplinary and holistic treatment model to treat clients.

For more information, call (805) 461-5212 or go to


Perinatal Outpatient Extended Group (POEG)

Perinatal Outpatient Extended Group (POEG) is an intensive outpatient treatment program designed to provide a safe, positive, structured drug and alcohol free learning environment with focus on the family as a unit. POEG meets four days a week, three hours a day. 

Services include:

  • Individual and family group process
  • Play therapy
  • Parent support and education group.

Recovery Support Services

Recovery Support Services is provided to individuals upon completion of their treatment episode. We continue to provide care management, support, and guidance to ease the participant’s transition back into their community. This allows individuals to continue with minimal treatment services while participating in peer-to-peer support services as well as in existing Alumni groups.

Withdrawal Management - Detox

Drug and Alcohol provides interventions aimed at managing acute withdrawal as part of caring for substance-related disorders, including: Evaluation, Stabilization of the patient, often with the use of medications, and Fostering support for recovery.

Withdrawal Management services are for alcohol withdrawal treatment, opiate withdrawal treatment, and methamphetamine withdrawal support.

Driving Under the Influence Programs

Drug and Alcohol Services is a Licensed Driving Under the Influence Provider. Drug and Alcohol Services provides quality, professional, and confidential services for those in need of fulfilling requirements stemming from penalties surrounding driving under the influence. Services include education, groups, and individual sessions with certified counselors. Our friendly staff will help you through the process of completing your program. 

All Program DUI Flyer. (En Español aqui)

Please contact our access line at 1 (800) 838-1381 for information or to schedule an appointment. All services are available in Spanish.