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DESERT COMMUNITY RESOURCE DIRECTORY
 
Revised Summer 2009

Please help us keep the directory up-to-date by notifying Student Psychological Services or the Student Health Center staff of any inaccurate information you find in this resource, any phone numbers or addresses that have changed, or any additions that you think should be included. Please call Dr. Cheryl Imes at 760-862-1304. Thanks!
 
 
DESERT RESOURCES
 
Table of Contents                                                               
Emergency Numbers & Hotlines                                                    
AIDS                                                                                              
Alcohol & Drug Abuse Treatment                                               
Disability Services/Rehabilitation                                                 
Domestic Violence                                                                           
Eating Disorders                                                                             
Financial/Credit Counseling                                                          
Food                                                                                               
Foster Youth Resources                                                                     
Gay/Lesbian Associations                                                             
Housing & Shelter                                                                                       
Immigration/Citizenship                                                                 
Law Enforcement                                                                                     
Legal Services                                                                                
Medical –
§  Assistance for Low-Income                                                   
§  Health Clinics & Family Planning                                       
§  Medical – Hospitals                                                               
Mental Health Facilities/County Agencies                                               
Psychotherapy & Family Counseling                                            
Recreation & Fitness                                                                       
Sexual Assault                                                                                 
Smoking Cessation                                                                         
Suicide Prevention                                                                          
Support Groups (see Appendix A for 12-Step groups)                        
Transportation                                                                               
Veterans Services                                                                           
Vocational/Job Resources                                                              
Appendix A: Guide for 12-step Groups                                        
Appendix B: Useful Websites                                                                  
Note: This listing is not meant to be comprehensive, but rather to give Counselors and others a practical listing of the most frequently used & affordable resources in the Coachella Valley. The focus is on services that are free or on a sliding fee scale.
Revised July/August 2009
 
EMERGENCY SERVICES AND HOTLINES
Adult Protective Services
To report abuse of persons over 65 or gravely disabled individuals(800) 491-7123
American Red Cross Emergency Services Emergency Disaster Response Team, Riverside County Chapter (800) 951-5600, Option # 1 to report a new disaster
Child Abuse Hotline: (800) 442-4918
Crisis & Suicide Prevention Helpline (800) 784-2433 / 1-800-SUICIDE
Deaf Suicide Prevention Hotline (TTY): (800)799-4889
Domestic Violence Crisis Hotline
(Shelter from the Storm)
(760) 328-7233 / (760) 328-SAFE
Gambler Helpline: (800) 426-2537
This 24-hour hotline provides brief crisis counseling by phone, referrals to therapists & support groups, and informational packets to those with gambling problems.
Law Enforcement or Paramedic Emergency: Dial 911
Remember that if dialing 911 on a campus phone, Campus Security, Student Health Services, and Administration are also activated. (You must dial “8” to get an outside line.)
Poison Control (800) 876-4766 OR (800) 222-1222
Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Line (Coachella Valley Sexual Assault Services) (760) 568-9071
Smoking Helpline (Free 24-Hour Line)
English: (800) 766-2888 (800-NO-BUTTS)
Spanish: (800) 456-6386
Trevor Helpline
24-hour Crisis & Suicide hotline for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and “questioning” youth
(866) 488-7386 / (866)-4-U-TREVOR
 
AIDS
Desert AIDS Project
1695 Sunrise Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: (760) 323-2118
 
ALCOHOL & DRUG ABUSE TREATMENT (Lower-cost options)
ABC Recovery
Residential treatment center & sober living apartments
44-374 Palm St.
Indio, CA 92201
Phone: (760) 342-6616
Alcohol/Drug National Referral Line
Phone: (800) 821-4357
(Also see www.deserthealthlink.org -- the Addictions section -- for a full listing of treatment centers; keep in mind that some cost at least $6000 for a 30-day program.)
Casa Cecelia Recovery Home
Residential treatment for Latino women; bilingual services
83-385 Rosa Ave.
Thermal, CA 92274
Phone: (760) 398-2008
Hacienda Valdez
Treatment program for women; detoxification program and 60-day residential alcohol/drug treatment program; waiting list to enter residential treatment
12-890 Quinta Way
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
Phone: (760) 329-8434
Michael’s House
Residential substance abuse treatment program for men
430 Cahuilla Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: (760) 320-5486
Riverside County Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse Program
Outpatient drug & alcohol counseling for adults, adolescents, and new mothers; take Medi-Cal or sliding fee scale
83-912 Avenue 45, Suite 9
Indio, CA 92201
Phone: (760) 347-0754
The Ranch
Residential program for men with substance abuse problems
7885 Annandale Ave.
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
Phone: (760) 329-2924
12-step support groups such as AA, NA, and Al-Anon are listed in Appendix A.
For AA meeting times & locations, see website www.aainthedesert.org
 
DISABILITY SERVICES/REHABILITATION
Community Access Program
For advocacy, personal assistant referral, independent living skills training, ADA compliance, mental health counseling in sign language, and other services
83-233 Indio Blvd. Suite 3
Indio, CA 92201
Phone: (760) 347-4888
Website: www.ilcac.org/     
Department of Rehabilitation
DOR assists individuals who have documented disabilities to achieve their vocational goals by funding training and education which will help individuals to return (or begin) gainful employment. Funding is generally provided for tuition, textbooks, supplies, transportation costs, and child care, as related to educational goals.
Closest Office:
73-720 Fred Waring Dr., Suite 102
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Phone: (760) 674-0262
Social Security Office (To apply for SSI or SSDI)
46-845 Monroe, Suite 2
Indio, CA 92201
Phone: (760) 342-1070
4201 East Ramon
Palm Springs, CA 92264
Phone: (760) 325-5114
National number: (800) 772-1213
Website:  www.ssa.gov 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Shelter from the Storm
§  Shelter
Safe shelter for women who have been abused; counseling is also provided, as well as advocacy & groups.
73-555 Alessandro Dr., Suite D (Shelter is at an undisclosed location)
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Phone: (760) 328-SAFE/ 328-7233 (24-hour hotline)
Phone: (760) 674-0400 (Business Office and Counseling Center)
§  Community Counseling Center
Provides individual & group counseling, case management, advocacy & crisis intervention services to abused women and children who are not currently in need of shelter; there are also legal clinics in Palm Desert, Palm Springs, & Indio to assist with restraining orders, divorce papers, etc.
Address:
73-555 Alessandro Drive, Suite D
Palm Desert, CA  92260
Phone: (760) 674-0400
Victim/Witness Assistance Program,
Riverside County District Attorney’s Office
Provides emergency assistance to victims of crime, also provides referrals and financial assistance for victims to see trauma mental health professionals in the community, compensation for uncovered medical bills related to the crime, and advocacy services.
Address:
82-675 Highway 111, 4th Floor
Indio, CA 92201
Phone: (760) 863-8408
Website: www.rivcoda.org
 
EATING DISORDERS
Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center,
Eating Disorders Program
The nearest partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient & support group services for eating disorders (They do not have an inpatient program specifically for eating disorders yet.)
1710 Barton Road
Redlands, CA 92373
Phone: (909) 558-9275 or contact the Coordinator, Pam Evans, at (909) 558-9286
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa & Related Disorders (ANAD)
Information and educational materials about eating disorders, listing of ANAD support groups; online support network.
Phone: (847) 831-3438
Website: www.anad.org
At this time, the closest support group meetings are in the L.A. area.
National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)
NEDA provides information on eating disorders, tips for helping a loved one, a listing of treatment centers by state, a helpline, and a parents, family & friends support network.
Phone: (800) 931-2237
Website: www.nationaleatingdisorders.org
Twelve-Step Programs for Eating Disorders:
The relevant 12-step groups include Eating Disorders Anonymous, Food Addicts Anonymous, Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, and Overeaters Anonymous.
See information about these groups in Appendix A, which lists 12-Step meetings.
 
FINANCIAL/CREDIT COUNSELING
Springboard Non-Profit Consumer Credit Management
Website has helpful information and free tools for developing a personal debt management plan and making a budget. Free credit counseling and seminars on specific topics (such as “Road Map to Financial Freedom”) are available. They also provide debt consolidation services (including loans) for a monthly fee.
1001 South Palm Canyon, Suite 103
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Office: (760) 323-5084
Phone: (877) 947-3752, for information, telephone counseling, scheduling appointments
Website: www.credit.org
 
FOOD
Catholic Charities
Social service organization provides assistance with food, rent, utilities, and referrals for low cost counseling through Caritas Counseling.
35-325 Date Palm Dr., Suite 143
Cathedral City, CA 92234
Phone: (760) 202-1222
Website: www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/NetCommunity
FIND Food Bank (Food in Need of Distribution)
Warehouse in Cathedral City (hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-1:00pm)
Main Number: (760) 775-3663
Here are some of the nearby FIND distribution centers (see website for complete list):
§  Saint John’s Lutheran Church (Tuesdays, 9:00-10:00am)
42-695 Washington St.
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Phone: (760) 345-2122
§  Valley Christian Church (Saturdays, 1-2pm)
73-979 Fred Waring Dr. (at Fred Waring & Portola)
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Phone: (760) 346-8843
Website: www.findfoodbank.org/
FISH Food Bank
Food distribution Monday- Friday, 10:00am-Noon
Our Lady of Soledad Church
52-555 Oasis Palms Avenue
Coachella, CA 92236
Phone: (760) 398-1600
Food Stamps (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP)
Riverside County Department of Public Social Services
Note: Single students with no children must be working at least 20 hours per week in order to qualify.
Two Locations:
§  44-199 Monroe Street, Suite D
      Indio, CA 92201
      Phone: (760) 863-2700
§  68-625 Perez Road, Suite 17-B
      Cathedral City, CA
      Phone: (760)770-2300
Website:  www.fns.usda.gov/snap/ , for eligibility requirements and online application
Martha’s Kitchen
Provides meals 7 days per week 11:00am-12:30pm; food distribution through FIND every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9:00am; bags of food for families provided Monday through Thursday 8:00-10:00am; also provides shelter (see Housing section).
83-791 Date Avenue
Indio, CA 92201
Phone: (760) 347-4741
Website:  www.marthasvillage.org
Saint Elizabeth’s Pantry -- Distribution of food Tuesday mornings 9:00-10:45am
66-700 Pierson Blvd.
Desert Hot Springs, CA
Phone: (760) 329-8794
Well in the Desert
Provides meals and food distribution (FIND) at Indian Canyon location, as well as social services
1911 E. Baristo
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: (760) 327-8577
Website: www.wellinthedesert.org
 
FOSTER YOUTH RESOURCES
California Student Aid Commission- Specialized Programs
Chafee Grant Program
Grants for the education of current or former foster youth who have financial need
P.O. Box 419029
Rancho Cordova, CA 95741-9029
Phone: (888) 224-7268
Website: www.chafee.csac.ca.gov
Foster Care Ombudsman Program of California
(877) 846-1602
Foster Youth Website: www.fosteryouthhelp.ca.gov
 
GAY/LESBIAN ASSOCIATIONS
Desert Pride Community Center
Meeting place for various groups, 12-Step meetings, social functions, art & drama classes, health programs, and other activities geared toward the gay/lesbian community.
Hours: Monday-Thursday Noon-9:00pm; Friday Noon-6:00pm; Saturday 1:00-5:00pm
Address: 611 South Palm Canyon Drive #201, in Palm Springs
Phone: (760) 327-2313
Website: www.desertpridecenter.org
Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
National organization that reaches out to parents in particular so that they can better understand, accept and love their gay, lesbian, transgender children just as they are. Offers support & education to families as well as to individuals who may be unable to confide in their family members regarding their sexual orientation.
Desert chapter of PFLAG meets on the 3rd Sunday of each month, 2:30-4:30pm, at the Cathedral City Library, 33-520 Date Palm Drive, in Cathedral City.
Phone: (760) 202-4430
Website: www.pspflag.org 
Trevor Helpline
24-hour Crisis & Suicide hotline for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and “questioning” youth
(866) 488-7386 / (866)-4-U-TREVOR
 
HOUSING & SHELTER
Coachella Valley Housing Coalition
This organization directs individuals to low-income apartments (listing available online.) Another program, the Mutual Self-Help Program, enables families to become first-time homeowners by providing construction supervisors (along with sub-contractors) who help 10-12 families to work together to build each others homes.
Office:
45-701 Monroe Street, Suite G
Indio, CA 92201
Phone: (760) 347-3157
Website: www.cvhc.org
Coachella Valley Rescue Mission
Temporary housing for the homeless; meals include breakfast at 6:00am and dinner at 5:00pm. Located at:
47518 Van Buren (Off Indio Blvd., 1st light past Highway 111)
Indio, CA 92201
Phone: (760) 347-3512
Website: www.cvrm.org
Desert S.O.S.
Provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, case management services, training for independent living skills, etc., for homeless & transient persons & families
Office:
1733 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Suite A
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: (760) 327-4394
Website: www.desertsos.org
Programs:
§  Coachella Valley Services & Overnight Shelter (CV-SOS) -- provides housing, meals, and case management to help homeless people regain self-sufficiency
§  Desert Horizon SOS -- transitional housing program with supportive services
§  Nightingale Manor -- emergency shelter for families with minor children
 Fair Housing Council of Riverside County
Assistance is provided with discrimination complaints regarding buying or renting housing, resolving landlord-tenant disputes, and helping individuals/families to avoid foreclosure.
East County Office, City of Palm Springs
655 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Suite A
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 864-1540
Website: www.fairhousing.net
 Martha’s Village & Kitchen
Provides food, shelter, educational programs, job training, free medical care, and counseling to help homeless individuals & families to regain self-sufficiency; ; there is often a waiting list; those needing shelter may sign up for emergency shelter Monday through Friday at 1:00pm and on weekends at 9:00am.
83-791 Date Ave.
Indio, CA 92201
Phone: (760) 347-4741
Website at www.marthasvillage.org
United States Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)
One program provides rental housing assistance (known as “Section 8”) in which eligible applicants can live in designated rentals for a reduced rate; HUD essentially pays part of the rent. There is generally a long waiting list, as much as 5 years. HUD also provides assistance with home buying, and a variety of other programs, grants, and resources.
Regional Office:
Santa Ana Federal Building
34 Civic Center Plaza, Room 7015
Santa Ana, CA 92701-4003
Phone: (714) 796-5577
For general information, call the Voice Activated System: (800) 569-4287
 
IMMIGRATION/CITIZENSHIP
U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service
USCIS Application Support Center for our area (open 8:00am- 4:00pm, Tues- Saturday):
10082 Magnolia Ave.
Riverside, CA 92503-3530
Phone: (800) 375-5283
Website:  www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis
LAW ENFORCEMENT
EMERGENCY: Dial 911
Arson Hotline
(800) 633-2836
Crime Stoppers
24-hour reporting; report can be anonymous
(760) 341-7867
Palm Desert Sheriff’s Department
73-510 Fred Waring Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Phone: (760) 836-1600
Non-emergency calls (24 hours): (760) 836-3215
LEGAL SERVICES
Desert Legal Aid
Non-profit organization that provides free and low-cost legal services, counseling, legal representation, community education, and litigation for disabled and low-income persons residing in the Coachella Valley; services primarily address housing disputes, domestic violence, family law, SSDI appeals and other governmental assistance programs decisions; also provides notary services. Fees are on a sliding scale based on income.
Office:
423 N. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92263
Phone: (760) 832-9770
Website: www.desertlegalaid.org
Family Law Assistance Center
A neutral attorney/facilitator is available to assist with divorce papers, custody, child support, etc. Hours: Monday- Friday 7:30am-4:00pm,
Larson Justice Center (Indio Court House)
46-200 Oasis St.
Indio, CA 92201
Phone: (760) 863-8209
Website:  www.riverside.courts.ca.gov/familylaw
 Inland Counties Legal Services (ICLS), also referred to as “Legal Aid”
Non-profit organization that provides free or low-cost legal services including information, free legal clinics, guidance, and document preparation for very low-income individuals Monday through Friday 8:30am- 5:30pm; Family Law Access Partnership Project (FLAPP) is on Mondays 9:00am-3:30pm. There is also a Tenant-Landlord Assistance Project (TLAP) and a Social Security Legal Advocacy Program.
Location:
82-632 Highway 111, Building C
Indio, CA 92201
Phone: (760) 342-1591
Website: www.InlandLegal.org/services
Victim/Witness Assistance Program
Riverside County District Attorney’s Office
Provides emergency assistance to victims of crime; services include referrals and financial assistance for traumatized victims to receive mental health treatment, compensation for uncovered medical bills related to the crime, and advocacy services.
Address:
82-675 Highway 111, 4th Floor
Indio, CA 92201
Phone: (760) 863-8408
Website: www.rivcoda.org
 
MEDICAL -- ASSISTANCE FOR LOW-INCOME PERSONS
Medi-Cal
Riverside County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS)
DPSS handles applications for Medi-Cal, Food Stamps, Cal-WORKS, and other public assistance programs.
44-199 Monroe Street, Suite D
Indio, CA 92201
Phone: (760) 863-2700
Website: http://www.dpss.co.riverside.ca.us/ , for information & application
MISP (Medically Indigent Services Program)
Medical care or hospitalization for acute illnesses which could result in death or disability; it is intended for individuals ages 21- 64 who have very low or no financial resources and no other health insurance.
There are few places that take MISP locally. The three Emergency Rooms in the Desert and the County Family Care Centers will see MISP patients. The primary hospital that takes MISP for surgeries and other medical needs is Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley (see the Hospitals section).
 
MEDICAL -- HEALTH CLINICS and FAMILY PLANNING, PREGNANCY & STD TESTING SERVICES
Centro Medico, Women’s Health services
This is a non-profit clinic that provides family planning, birth control, PAP, testing & treatment of STD’s, and prenatal care. Appointments for Internal Medicine and Pediatric specialists are also available. Payment options include Medi-Cal, Healthy Families, MISP, and sliding fee scale. This is one of nine clinics in the system funded by the Borrego Community Health Foundation. There is also a clinic in Thermal (see website).
69175 Ramon Road, Suite A
Cathedral City, CA 92234
Phone: (760) 202-3110
Website: www.borregomedical.org
Crisis Pregnancy Center
Provides free & confidential pregnancy testing, counseling regarding options, free ultrasound; no abortions are performed, pro-life philosophy.
44-750 San Pablo Ave.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Phone: (760) 568-2200, call for hours
Riverside County Family Care Clinics (Department of Public Health)
Appointments with primary care physicians; family planning, pregnancy testing & counseling, and prenatal care; STD, HIV, & TB testing offered, as well as pediatric immunizations. The clinics take MISP, Medicare, Medi-Cal, or a sliding fee scale sets the charges based upon ability to pay.
Appointments (Centralized Scheduling): (800) 720-9553
Two Locations:
§  Indio Family Care Center
      47-923 Oasis St.
      Indio, CA 92201
      Phone: (760) 863-8283
§  Palm Springs Family Care Center
      3111 East Tahquitz Canyon Way
      Palm Springs, CA 92262
      Phone: (760) 778-2210
Website: www.rivco-familycarecenters.org/
Planned Parenthood
Services include PAP smear tests, birth control methods, pregnancy testing & counseling, surgical termination of pregnancy as an option, testing & treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, and sterilization.
Appointments (Centralized Scheduling): (888) 743-7526
Two Locations:
§  71-777 San Jacinto Dr.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Phone: (760) 674-0040
Appointments: (888) 743-7526
§  49-111 Highway 111, Unit 6B (at Avenue 49 and Hwy. 111)
Coachella, CA 92236
Phone: (760) 398-6499          
 
MEDICAL -- HOSPITALS
Eisenhower Medical Center
The hospital no longer takes Medi-Cal. They will take MISP (usually through the Emergency Room). An application can be submitted for Charity Care if the patient, and family that she/he may live with, is at or below poverty level.
Address of Eisenhower Medical Center:
39000 Bob Hope Dr.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Main Number: (760) 340-3911
Emergency Room: (760) 773-1221
Website: www.emc.org
Desert Regional Medical Center
Desert Regional takes Medi-Cal, Medicare, MISP, Victims of Violent Crimes compensation, or Charity Care for those who meet eligibility requirements. This hospital has the Coachella Valley’s only Trauma Center.
Address of hospital:
1150 North Indian Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: (760) 323-6511
Website: www.desertmedctr.com
John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital
JFK takes Medi-Cal, Medicare, MISP, Victims of Violent Crime funding, or charity care. To qualify for charity care, an individual would need to fill out an MEP (Medical Eligibility Program) application. (Of course, all of the hospitals take private/group health insurance.)
Address:
47-111 Monroe Street
Indio, CA 92201
Phone: (760) 347-6191
Website: www.jfkmemorialhosp.com
Riverside County Regional Medical Center
RCRMC is the main hospital in the region that takes MISP for surgeries & procedures.
26-520 Cactus Ave.
Moreno Valley, CA 92555
Main Number: (951) 486-4000
MISP Application: (951) 486-5375
Website:  www.rcrmc.org/patients/MISP.html
 
MENTAL HEALTH FACILITIES (COUNTY AGENCIES)
Riverside County Department of Mental Health
Note: Due to budget cuts in 2009, patients must now have Medi-Cal, Medicare, or private health insurance in order to be eligible for services.
Central Access Team (to locate appropriate services) -- Phone: (800) 706-7500
Website: http://mentalhealth.co.riverside.ca.us/opencms/english/services/desertregion.html
Programs:
§  Indio Mental Health Clinic
            Offers outpatient services for seriously mentally ill clients; Intensive Brief Treatment groups; crisis intervention (See note above re: budget cuts).
            Location:
            47-825 Oasis St.
            Indio, CA 92201
            Phone: (760) 863-8455
§  Oasis Inpatient Mental Health Treatment Facility
            Emergency inpatient psychiatric services (16 bed unit); Psychiatric Evaluation Team does evaluations for 5150 (emergency psychiatric hospitalization), for      individuals who are a danger to themselves or others, law enforcement transports.
            Location:
            47-915 Oasis St.
            Indio, CA 92201
            Phone: (760) 863-8600 OR (760) 863-8680
§  Psychiatric Health Facilities
Low-cost County Mental Health satellite clinics which provide outpatient evaluations; clinics are located in Mecca, Thermal, Palm Springs, and Bermuda Dunes. The cost for services varies and there is a sliding fee scale for the uninsured. See the Riverside County Department of Mental Health website for information on services provided at these locations.
§  Riverside County Dept. of Mental Health, Substance Abuse Program
      Outpatient drug & alcohol counseling for adults, adolescents, and new mothers;    the program takes Medi-Cal or sliding fee scale.
      Location:
      83-912 Avenue 45, Suite 9
      Indio, CA 92201
      Phone: (760) 347-0754
§  Other contracted agencies
o   Oasis Peer Support & Resource Center (Harmony Center)
      Peer-to-peer support in a “non-judgmental” environment for individuals      with mental health disorders who have received services from the    Riverside County Mental Health system.
      81-840 Avenue 46, Suite #201
      Indio, CA 92201
      Phone: (760) 238-5980
      Peer Crisis Line: (760) 347-4628
o   Oasis Full Service Partnership for Transitional Age Youth (TAY)
      Provides outpatient services for 16- 25 year olds referred by the County     Department of Mental Health who have been diagnosed with severe & persistent mental illness; wellness focus; includes psychiatric services.         
      81-840 Avenue 46, Suite #201
      Indio, CA 92201
      Phone: (760) 391-6999
PSYCHOTHERAPY & FAMILY COUNSELING (OFF-CAMPUS SERVICES)
Caritas Counseling Services, a program of Catholic Charities
Agency provides individual and family counseling to eligible low-income families, on a sliding fee scale. Parenting classes, anger management classes, and other groups are also offered at various locations. Outreach offices are located in Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, and Mecca, with the main office being located in Indio.
Main Phone for Catholic Charities: (760) 202-1222
Counseling Services: (760) 449-7877, for eligibility requirements and scheduling
Website: www.ccbriv.org      
Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center, Eisenhower Medical Center
Provides prevention/education programs designed for children and offers specialized counseling for children who have been victims of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. There is an adult group for women who have been sexually abused as children (Adults Molested as Children, or AMAC Group); a separate educational group is also available for partners of the AMAC group participants.
39-000 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Phone: (760) 340-2336
Website: www.sinatracenter.org
Community Counseling Center (Shelter from the Storm)
Center provides individual & group counseling, case management, advocacy, & crisis intervention services to abused women and their children (who may not currently be in need of shelter).
73555 Alessandro Dr, Suite D
Palm Desert, CA  92260
Phone: (760) 674-0400
Family Services of the Desert
Low-cost individual & family counseling done by Marriage & Family Therapists,  Licensed Clinical Social Workers, and supervised Interns (initial session is $35, then on a sliding fee scale based on income); offers groups on parenting, anger management, and domestic violence.
Address:
81-711 Highway 111, Suite # 101
Indio, CA 92201
Phone: (760) 347-2398
Website: Not available
Jewish Family Services of the Desert
For people of Jewish faith, as well as the general community; provides supportive individual and family counseling, and groups which have previously included Adult Children of Aging Parents, Loss & Change Support Group, Women’s Support Group, Parenting classes (“Peaceful Parenting”), Anger Management Group, Teen Group, and Stress Management. Call to find out about current groups.
Two locations:
§  801East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite 202
      Palm Springs, CA 92262
      Phone: (760) 325-4088
§  72-925 Fred Waring Dr., Suite # 202 
      Palm Desert, CA 92260
      Phone: (760) 325-4088
 Website:  www.jfsdesert.org
Private therapists
Can be expensive if the student does not have health insurance; most Psychologists do not take Medi-Cal, but some take Medicare; a few Marriage & Family Therapists do take Medi-Cal.
§  To locate a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, try the following website: www.therapistfinder.com
§  To locate a Psychologist, call the California Psychological Association at (916) 286-7979 or see the CPA website at www.cpapsych.org and click on “Find a Psychologist”.
 
RECREATION & FITNESS
COD’s Physical Education classes!
(See Catalog for descriptions of classes; see Schedule of Classes for times offered)
Desert Recreation District
The catalog of classes is sent out to homes three times per year (also available on website).
Phone: (760) 347-3484
Website: www.cvrpd.ca.gov
 
SEXUAL ASSAULT
Coachella Valley Sexual Assault Services (CVSAS)
CVSAS provides a 24-hour crisis hotline, individual & group counseling for victims of sexual assault or rape; staff also does education & prevention programs in the community; offers women’s self-defense classes at various locations in the community.
Office located at:
74-333 Hwy 111, Suite 204
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Phone: (760) 568-9071
SMOKING CESSATION
American Lung Association of California
“Freedom from Smoking” Group/Clinic
§  Lucy Curci Cancer Center, Eisenhower Medical Center
The 6-week “Freedom from Smoking” cessation program is currently offered for $100.
39-000 Bob Hope Dr,
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Phone: (760) 674-3602
Registration: (760) 834-3798
§  Free on-line class
Regional Office is in San Bernardino
Smoking Helpline
Free 24-Hour Line helps those who are trying to quit.
English: (800) 766-2888 (800-NO-BUTTS)
Spanish: (800) 456-6386
Website: www.californiasmokershelpline.org , for support, information, and free literature
V.J. Sleight (Private Facilitator)
“Stop Smoking, Stay Quit” -- Facilitator uses a program similar to the American Lung Association’s model, but it is her own program. The 7-session series is currently $100. She offers the program four times per year at various locations in the community.
Phone: (760) 771-0406
SUICIDE PREVENTION
Crisis & Suicide Prevention Helpline
 (800) 784-2433 / (800)-SUICIDE
Trevor Helpline
24-hour Crisis & Suicide hotline for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and “questioning” youth
(866) 488-7386 / (866)-4-U-TREVOR
SUPPORT GROUPS
Adults Molested as Children (AMAC) Group
Barbara Sinatra Center at Eisenhower Medical Center
39000 Bob Hope Dr.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Talk to the Intake Coordinator to make an initial appointment with the therapist who facilitates the group. The group meets on Wednesdays at 4:00pm (must meet with facilitator prior to entering the group). There is also a group for Spanish speakers.
Barbara Sinatra Center Phone: (760) 340-2336
Website: www.sinatracenter.org
Alliance for Mental Illness of Coachella Valley
This organization is the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), for the family & friends of individuals with mental health disorders.
Phone: (760) 779-9461, leave message
Meetings provide support & information; meetings are held the first & third Mondays of each month at 7:00pm at Hope Lutheran Church, at Portola and Fairway in Palm Desert.
Website: www.nami.org , a good resource for families
California NAMI website: www.nami.california.org
Bereavement Support Group
Lucy Curci Cancer Center, Eisenhower Medical Center
39000 Bob Hope Dr.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Phone: (760) 834-3798
Group meets 5:30- 7:00pm on Tuesdays for 7 weeks. Call facilitator, Pamela Jones-Vandernagel, LCSW, before attending the first session of the series. Another group is offered in the afternoon on Tuesdays 1:00- 2:30pm, facilitated by same therapist.
Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
Meetings include support for adults and parents who are dealing with ADD & ADHD; also provides resource information, research findings, speakers, videos, and fellowship with others who share similar issues; meetings are free.
Riverside County satellite group:
Grace Church
17-400 Bubbling Wells Road
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
Phone: (760) 251-2416
Meetings: 7:00- 8:30pm the 4th Monday of the month (October through May)
Facilitator: Dr. Robert Lee
Website: www.chadd.org
Coachella Valley Depressive & Manic Depressive Association
Support group for people suffering from depression or bipolar disorder. The group provides information to individuals and family members.
Weekly meetings:
Saturdays, 11:15am- 1:00, Mizell Senior Center (Phone: 323-5689) at Ramon and Sunrise in Palm Springs.
Contact person: Mark Rice at (760) 323-9288
Desert Hot Springs Family Resource Center
Offers a support group for veterans; also classes on parenting skills, anger management, and domestic violence.
Address:
14-201 Palm Drive, Suite 108
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
Grandparent Counseling/Support Group
Barbara Sinatra Center, Eisenhower Medical Center
This is for grandparents raising their grandchildren.
39000 Bob Hope Dr.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Phone: (760) 340-2336
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa & Associated Disorders (ANAD)
Includes bulimia and compulsive overeating, as well as anorexia
Closest support group meetings are in the Loma Linda area; the website has good information and includes chat rooms & message board.
Phone: (847) 831-3438, (This is not a 24-hour hotline; advocates answer the phone Monday through Friday, 9:00am- 5:00pm, Central Time.)
Website: www.anad.org
Mourning Star Center
Grief Support Group for Children (ages 3-18)
Contact the Bereavement Coordinator, Pamela Gabbay (grief counselor), for more information. The Young Adult Grief Group is not currently being offered.
42-600 Cook Street
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Phone: (760) 836-0360
Website: www.mourningstar.org
SUPPORT GROUPS: 12-STEP MEETINGS
The first (started in 1935) and most widely known 12-step group is Alcoholics Anonymous. Many other groups have arisen which utilize the same recovery principles to address a variety of issues. There are no dues or fees for membership. 
Appendix A includes a list of 12-step support/recovery groups. Among those included are Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Al-Anon, Alateen, Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Co-dependents Anonymous (CoDA), Overeaters Anonymous (OA), Gamblers Anonymous (GA), and others which can be used as referral resources for students needing support.
(Note: Recommend checking the specific website or contact number for current meetings, to verify that a particular meeting is still in existence.)

TRANSPORTATION
Amtrak Train
(Leaves Coachella Valley for L.A. to the West and Yuma, AZ to the East)
Phone: (800) 872-7245 OR (800) USA-RAIL
Four stops in the Desert:
§  PSN-- North Palm Springs Amtrak Station
Indian Avenue, 0.6 miles South of I-10
§  PSP-- Bus Stop (curbside) at Palm Springs Airport
3400 Tahquitz Canyon Way
§  IDO-- Bus Stop (curbside, no shelter) at NE corner of Hwy 111 & Monroe in Indio
§  TPM-- Bus stop (curbside, no shelter) at 72-955 Varner Road in front of the Jack-in-the-Box in Thousand Palms
Website: www.amtrak.com , for routes & schedules
Greyhound Bus Lines
Phone: (800) 231-2222, for fares & schedules (automated system)
Bus Terminals:
§  Indio Greyhound Station:
45-525 Oasis St.
Phone: (760) 347-5888
§  Palm Springs Train Station:
Train Station Road (at Indian Canyon Drive, 6 miles south of I-10)
Phone: (800) 231-2222
Website: www.greyhound.com
Palm Springs International Airport
3400 Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: (760) 318-3800
TDD: (760) 864-9527
Website: www.palmspringsairport.com
SunLine Transit Agency
Public ground transportation (city bus)
Main Agency Location:
32-505 Harry Oliver Trail
Thousand Palms, CA 92276
Agency Phone: (760) 343-3456
Customer Service: (760) 343-3451
Services:
§  SunBus City Bus
See website above for routes & schedules (fare is currently $1.00 for adults; $.50 for disabled individuals and seniors over 60 years old)
Customer Service: (760) 343-3451
§  SunDial (Dial-a-Ride)
For individuals who have a disability which interferes with their ability to ride the regular city bus, door-to-door service is provided; requires application to determine eligibility; apply in person at SunLine in             Thousand Palms or call (760) 343-3451 for an application; rides are arranged in advance; fare is currently $1.50 for one-way trip within the same city and $2.00 for a ride to a different city in the Desert area)
Phone: (866) 311-7433, to make a reservation for a ride
Website: www.sunline.org 
VETERANS SERVICES
Contact Donnie Prince (773-2536) in Admissions & Records for Veterans Services at College of the Desert. She has a handy list of resources for our veterans.
Palm Desert VA Clinic
Services include appointments with primary care physicians, phlebotomy (blood drawing), and behavioral health counseling services (individual, group, & family).
41-865 Boardwalk, Suite 103
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Phone: (760) 341-5570
Website: www.lomalinda.va.gov/visitors/palmdesert.asp
Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome Support/Counseling Group
This is a support group for veterans who have been involved in combat.
Held at the Desert Hot Springs Family Resource Center:
14-201 Palm Drive, Suite 108
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240

Riverside County Department of Veterans Services
Indio Branch office:
44-199 Monroe Street
Indio, CA 92201
Phone: (760) 863-8266
Contact: Clinton Hollins or Jose Gonzales
Veterans Administration Medical Center
This is the nearest VA hospital.
11201 Benton Street
Loma Linda, CA 92357
Phone: (909) 825-7084
Toll Free: (800) 741-8387
Website: www.lom.med.va.gov
Transportation to the Loma Linda VA Medical Center: (800) 741-8387, Ext. 2071

VOCATIONAL/EMPLOYMENT
Department of Rehabilitation
Assists disabled individuals with goal-oriented training and education which will help them return to (or begin) gainful employment. Funding is provided to assist with tuition, textbooks, supplies, transportation costs, and child care expenses, as related to education.
Closest Office:
73-720 Fred Waring Dr., Suite 102
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Phone: (760) 674-0262
Website:  www.rehab.cahwnet.gov/
Job Corps
Job Corps is a no-cost education and vocational training program under the administration of the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 through 24 to improve the quality of their lives through vocational and academic training. Job Corps participants can also receive assistance with room & board during their time in the program (up to two years) and an incentive-based monthly allowance.
National Phone: (800) 773-5627/ (800) 773-JOBS
Regional Office:
Inland Empire Job Corps Center
3173 Kerry Street
San Bernardino, CA 92427-9550
Phone: (909) 887-6305
Website: www.jobcorps.gov 
Another website, http://jobcorps.doleta.gov  also provides brief descriptions of all the federal Departments.
Workforce Development Center
This is a division of the Riverside County Economic Development Department (EDD) which provides assistance for job seekers and resources for job training & employment preparation.
(Closed every Friday since State budget cuts)
Local Office:
44-199 Monroe Street, Suite B
Indio, CA 92201
Phone: (760) 863-2500
TTY: (760) 863-2555
  APPENDIX A:
 Twelve-Step Groups
 12-Step Recovery Groups
Adult Children of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families (ACA)
ACA is a twelve-step program for men & women who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes. The participants share feelings & experiences and discover how their childhoods influence them in the present, focusing on acceptance, responsibility, and healthy life decisions.
For a list of the most current local Meetings, use this link: http://allone.com/12/aca/#HaveAGreatDay
Al-Anon/ Alateen
Twelve-step recovery group focused on codependency issues, personal growth and “letting go”, for the family & friends of alcoholics. Alateen is for the teenage children of alcoholics.
Phone: (760) 674-9554 OR (888) 512-0061
Desert Al-Anon Website: www.alanoninthedesert.com/meetings.html , for local meetings
World-wide Al-Anon/Alateen website: www.al-anon.org , for general information
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
A recovery program for individuals with alcohol and other substance abuse problems who want to learn how to live a sober life using the principles of the twelve steps.
Phone: (760) 324-4880 OR (760) 324-4851
Website: www.aainthedesert.org , for listing of local meetings
Cocaine Anonymous (CA)
Open to all individuals who state a desire to stop using cocaine, including “crack” cocaine and other mind-altering substances.
Phone: (800) 347-8998, for information & meeting locations
Website: www.ca.org
Codependents Anonymous (CoDA)
Twelve-step program focused on recovery from codependency and unhealthy relationship patterns.
Regional Phone (Los Angeles): (323) 969-4995
Website: www.desertcoda.org, for local meetings and contact numbers
OR visit the national website at www.codependents.org, for general information
Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA)
Focused on recovery from methamphetamine addiction, which is a significant problem in the Desert.
Helpline: (213) 488-4455, leave a message and a member will return your call
Debtors Anonymous (DA)
For those who have a desire to stop incurring unsecured debt and to stop compulsive spending.
Regional Phone (Los Angeles): (310) 822-7250
Website: www.socalda.org
Eating Disorders Anonymous
This is a self-help group patterned after AA, focusing on finding balance in one’s life and on living without obsessing on food, weight and body image. (This is not a group that is meant to substitute for guidance from physicians & therapists.)
No meetings in Coachella Valley, but there are online meetings and phone meetings.
Support Line: (218) 339-2500 to access phone meetings (see website for meeting times and access code)
Emotions Anonymous (EA)
Self-help group for people who wish to share feelings in an accepting environment and learn how to apply the twelve steps to emotional problems such as depression, anger, low self-esteem, abnormal fears, resentment, guilt, loneliness, negative thinking, worry, etc. This is not a therapist-facilitated group.
National Service Center Phone: (651) 647-9712
Website: www.emotionsanonymous.org
Local meeting: Wednesdays, 7:30- 9:00pm at the ABC Recovery Center located at
44-374 Palm Street in Indio, CA (Not guaranteed, as this meeting could not be confirmed, show up & take your chances)
Families Anonymous
This recovery group is similar to Al-Anon, but is for the families & friends of those with drug addiction or related behavioral problems.
Phone: (800) 736-9805
Website: www.familiesanonymous.org
Meetings: The closest meeting is in Redlands; online meetings are also available (see website and click on “E-meetings” for instructions).
Food Addicts Anonymous (FAA)
In this self-help program, members view food addiction as a biochemical, genetically- transmitted disease. They adhere to a strict food plan in which all sugar, flour & wheat products as well as high-fat & high-carbohydrate foods are eliminated. They believe that eating this way will help to decrease cravings.
Phone (FAA World Service Office): (561) 967-3871
Website: www.foodaddictsanonymous.org
Meetings: No current meetings in Coachella Valley, but phone and online meetings are available (see website for more information).
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA)
Fellowship of men & women who have experienced difficulties as result of the way they eat, either over-controlling their eating or becoming obsessed with food. Recovery emphasizes stopping the abuse of food. No specific food plan is required.
National Phone: (781) 932-6300
National Website: www.foodaddicts.org 
Address of Western Area Intergroup Office:
P.O. Box 475067
San Francisco, CA 94147
Phone: (408) 491-9824 OR (415) 248-9347
Western Area website: waioffice@foodaddicts.org
 
Gamblers Anonymous (GA)
Southern California Hotline Number: 877-423-6752
Palm Springs Hotline Number: (760) 325-2808
Website: www.gamblersanonymous.org
Local Meetings: in Palm Springs and at Eisenhower Medical Center (See website for times & locations)
 
Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
The NA recovery group uses the twelve steps to help drug addicts to abstain and to live a “clean” lifestyle.
Phone: (760) 346-5800 OR (800) 834-9303
Website: www.cirna.org , click on Lower Desert for local meetings
NA World Services website: www.na.org , for general information
Nicotine Anonymous
This group is a fellowship of men & women helping each other to live nicotine-free lives. They welcome anyone who would like to cease using tobacco in any form, including those who may be participating in formal smoking cessation programs or using nicotine withdrawal aids.
Meetings: The closest meeting is in Moreno Valley, but there are phone and online meetings (see website).
Overeaters Anonymous (OA)
OA is a twelve-step weight management support group for compulsive overeaters.
Phone: (760) 773-9173
Website: www.desertoa.org 
Local meetings: There are over 10 meetings in the Desert cities; see website for a listing. There are also phone and online meetings.
Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA)
Twelve-step group focused on recovery from compulsive sexual behaviors.
Phone: (800) 477-8191
Website: www.sexaa.org
Local meetings: There are three face-to-face meetings in Palm Springs. There are also online text meetings, “Tele-meetings” (Conference call), and “Web-call” (Voice-Over Internet Protocol technology) meetings.
Sexaholics Anonymous (SA)
This is a recovery group for those who have become addicted to lust and have repeatedly acted out in ways which have become progressively more addictive and destructive.
Phone: (615) 331-6230
Website: www.sa.org
Local meetings: Mondays and Fridays at 7:00- 8:30pm at Village Counseling, 72-302 Highway 111, in Palm Desert.
Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA)
This is a recovery group focused on achieving a daily reprieve from sexually addictive behaviors and dependent romantic attachments that have self-defeating consequences.
Fellowship-Wide Services Phone: (210) 828-7900
Orange County Phone: (949) 399-3680, for support and a list of current Orange County meetings.
Website: www.slaafws.org
Meetings: The closest meetings are in Orange County. There are also online meetings and telephone meetings.
Workaholics Anonymous (WA)
This support group is for people who have the desire to stop working compulsively.
Area Phone (Los Angeles): (310) 358-6587
Website: www.workaholics-anonymous.org (A very well-organized website, as one would expect from workaholics!)
Meetings: Closest meetings are in the Los Angeles area. There are also Email, online voice chat meetings, and telephone meetings (see website).
APPENDIX B:
 
Useful Websites
 
A Few Useful Websites (with a slight mental health bent)
American Psychological Association: offers free information including many psychology-related topics; also a good resource for students interested in careers in Psychology.

Community resources in the Desert cities:
Disability resources on the Internet:
Encyclopedia of Mental Health: an interesting Canadian website which includes descriptions of psychiatric disorders, medications and articles of interest. There is also a computerized self-diagnostic tool, a diary tool, and a brain skills test.
Facts on Tap: includes information on alcohol and other drugs, family aspects of alcoholism, how to get help also includes information specifically for college students. This website originates from the Phoenix House in New York.
Got Anxiety? 
Anxiety Disorders Association of America’s college-oriented site http://www.gotanxiety.org/
Half of Us:  a college student oriented mental health site; provides information, assessment, referral & advocacy for depression, bipolar, suicide, eating disorders, anxiety, stress, alcohol/drugs, cutting, etc.  There are lots of stories & videos portraying the lives of various college students, including college athletes and student veterans.
How-to-study.com: a large comprehensive study skills site, with a good page on test anxiety

Jed Foundation: an organization for preventing suicide and reducing emotional distress. It has great information for students and for campus professionals on depression in general and suicide prevention.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism: includes information on alcohol related issues, with a section on college drinking and prevention.
Network of Care for Riverside County Mental Health: website with a lot of interesting information – if you select “mental health conditions”, you can get information on many mental health topics and disorders; also includes resources, online education, and community announcements.

Moodletter (or “Of like Minds”): offers depression and bipolar information & support. http://oflikeminds.com/
Musicians for Mental Health: information and online support, has a good brochure on cutting (self-injury) and a new book for young adults with depression; great mp3 files of music from supporting artists. This is a good website for our musically oriented students. http://www.mpoweryouth.org/index.html
National Institute of Mental Health: an excellent website which includes an index of medications, as well as detailed information on various mental health disorders.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour suicide hotline 1-(800) - TALK (8255). The website contains crisis and suicide prevention information and how to get help.
Obsessive Compulsive Foundation: information & resources on OCD, online support http://www.ocfoundation.org/ 
Includes “Organized Chaos”: the OCD Foundation’s website for teens and young adults with OCD
Psychiatric disorders and personality disorders:
Self Injury Foundation: Advocacy, support, and education for self-injury http://www.selfinjuryfoundation.org/2001.html
Suicide Prevention Resource Center: a webpage for college students that includes warning signs, what college students can do if a friend is thinking of suicide, resources & links.
To Write Love on Her Arms: self-injury & depression support, very tuned in, started as a page on MySpace & now is large. 
ULifeline: an online resource focused on college mental health & suicide prevention; has a “self E-valuator”; sponsored by the Jed Foundation.  http://www.ulifeline.org/main/Home.html
 
 
PSYCHOTHERAPY SERVICES IN THE DESERT AREA (Low Cost)

Caritas Counseling Services (through Catholic Charities)
Agency provides low-cost individual and family counseling to eligible (low-income) families at various locations. Parenting classes and other groups are also offered.
Phone: (760) 449-7877; Catholic Charities can be reached at (760) 202-1222
Community Counseling Center (Shelter from the Storm)
Provides individual & group counseling, case management, advocacy & crisis intervention services to abused women and children who are not currently in need of shelter; there is also a legal clinic in the same facility.
73555 Alessandro Dr, Suite D
Palm Desert, CA  92260
Phone: (760) 674-0400

Family Services of the Desert
Low-cost individual & family counseling done by Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (initial session is $35, then on a sliding fee scale based on income); groups on parenting, anger management & domestic violence
81-711 Highway 111, Suite # 101
Indio, CA 92201
Phone: (760) 347-2398
Website: www.fsod.org

Jewish Family Services of the Desert
For people of Jewish faith and the general community (you don’t have to be of Jewish faith to receive services); provides supportive individual, family counseling and groups including Adult Children of Aging Parents, Loss & Change Support Group, Women’s Support Group, Parenting classes (“Peaceful Parenting”), Anger Management Group and Teen Group.
Main Office:
801East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite 202
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: (760) 325-4088
Satellite Office in Palm Desert:
72-925 Fred Waring Dr., Suite # 202 
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Phone: (760) 568-2441
Website:  www.jfsdesert.org
Private therapists
(Can be expensive if student does not have insurance; most do not take Medi-Cal; some Psychologists take Medicare; some MFT’s in agencies take Medi-Cal))
To locate a private Marriage & Family Therapist, try the following website:
            www.therapistfinder.com
To locate a Psychologist, see the California Psychological Association website at www.cpapsych.org and click on “Find a Psychologist”.
If you have health insurance, check the plan’s Provider List (see carrier website).
Riverside County Department of Mental Health
For severe psychiatric disorders which interfere with daily functioning and/or which involve suicidal feelings. Must have Medi-Cal or other health insurance to receive services
CARES LINE: (to locate appropriate services within the County system)- (800) 706-7500
Website:
·         Indio Mental Health Clinic
                        Outpatient services for seriously mentally ill clients, Intensive                                              Brief Treatment groups, Psychiatric Evaluation Team (PET) for crisis                               intervention & evaluation for psychiatric hospitalization
                        47-825 Oasis St.
                        Indio, CA 92201
                        Phone: (760) 863-8455 OR 24-hour Referral/Intake Line: (760) 873-6533
·         Oasis Inpatient Mental Health Treatment Facility
                        Inpatient psychiatric services for emergency/crisis —16 beds
                        47-915 Oasis St.
                        Indio, CA 92201
                        Phone: (760) 863-8600 OR 863-8680
·         Psychiatric Health Facilities
Low-cost County Mental Health satellite clinics which provide outpatient evaluations; clinics are located in Mecca, Thermal, Palm Springs, and Bermuda Dunes. The cost for services varies and there is a sliding fee scale for the uninsured. See the website for information on services.
·         Riverside County Dept. of Mental Health, Substance Abuse Program
Outpatient drug & alcohol counseling for adults, adolescents, and new mothers; the program takes Medi-Cal or sliding fee scale.
83-912 Avenue 45, Suite 9
Indio, CA 92201
Phone: (760) 347-0754
·         Harmony House
81-840 Avenue 46, Suite 107, Indio, CA
o   Peer Support Program, for people with mental health conditions
Phone: (760) 347-4628
o   Transitional Age Youth (TAY) – for ages 16-25 years
Full-service center, including psychiatry & psychotherapy services
Phone: (760) 391-6999
 
RESOURCES FOR EATING DISORDERS
Treatment Centers:
Advanced Center for Eating Disorders
Riverside, CA
Bella Vita at BHC, Alhambra Hospital
Alhambra, CA
(626) 286-1191, Ext. 292
Del Amo Hospital
Torrance, CA
Eating Disorders Center of California
Malibu, CA
(310) 457-9958
www.edcca.com
Loma Linda University, Behavioral Medicine Center, Eating Disorders Program
Redlands, CA (** closest program)
Rader Programs, Pacific Shore Hospital
Oxnard, CA, located North of L.A.
(800) 841-1515
www.raderprograms.com
Remuda Ranch, Programs for Eating Disorders
Wickenburg, AZ
(800) 445-1900
www.remudaranch.com
Susan B. Krevoy Eating Disorders Program for Adults & Adolescents
Los Angeles, CA
(310) 277-2682
www.drkrevoy.com
Support Groups:

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa & Associated Eating Disorders (ANAD)
National Phone Number: (847) 831-3438
www.ANAD.org
On-line support groups
Meeting in Los Angeles, Tuesday 7:30-9:00pm (Contact: Sydnie Ridley 310-463-5106) or sydmft@aol.com
National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)
Helpline: (800) 931-2237
www.nationaleatingdisorders.org
Therapists:
(These therapists specialize in working with people who have eating disorders. You will need to check with your health insurance regarding coverage.)
Rachel Levi, LMFT (Marriage & Family Therapist)
Shoreline Center for Individual & Family Healing
Long Beach, CA
Heather Parenti, LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)
Temecula, CA
(951) 302-5212
www.parentilcsw.com
Jondra Pennington, LMFT
Desert Streams Counseling & Psychotherapy
78-150 Calle Tampico, Suite 207-C
LaQuinta, CA (** closest resource)
Joanna Poppink, LMFT
Los Angeles, CA
Books:

Selected Books on Anorexia:
Anorexia Nervosa: A Guide to Recovery
By Lindsey Hall
Girl Interrupted
By Susanna Kaysen
For parents:
Talking to Eating Disorders: Simple Ways to Support Someone with Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating or Body Image Issues
By Jeanne Albronda Heaton, PhD

Surviving an Eating Disorder: Strategies for Family & Friends
By Michelle Siegel
Selected Books on Bulimia:
Eating by the Light of the Moon
By Anita Johnson, PhD
Andrea’s Voice… Silenced by Bulimia
By Doris Smeltzer
Overcoming Bulimia Workbook
By Randi McCabe, PhD, Traci McFarlane & Marion Olmsted, PhD