The Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health (DPH) is in charged with the majority of the Substance Use Disorder Services (SUD) through the Fresno area. The department help plan and manage these services. Their mission is to support education, prevention, and treatment services targeting individuals and families who have a substance abuse disorder. The goal is to develop a comprehensive system to prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug-related issues.
In the process, the program aim to help everyone in Fresno County to live in better health by shifting the social norms and conditions to prevent consequences resulting from alcohol and other drug abuse. Furthermore, the county offer funds to various types of programs to effectively work with each person needs. They are contracts with more than 30 community-based organizations that specialized in alcohol and drug prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery services.
Only Fresno County resident are eligible for these services through self-referral or referral from a community agency (“Substance Use Disorder Services”, n.d.). A program established by Fresno County is “Pathways to Recovery”. The program is a public rehab that specializes in the treatment of drug and alcohol abuse.
Their alcohol treatment is based on a 12 steps program and alcoholics anonymous(AA) meetings. Fees are charged on an income base. The program accept all types of payment and they even offer financing (“Fresno County Pathways to Recovery”, n.d.). Finally, an important program that Fresno County adopt many years ago is the “reality tour”.
Today, this program is adopted nationwide. Participants and their parents follows scenery of a fictitious alcoholic teen, witness live re-enactments of peer pressure, following arrest, and jail. Finally, the ending is followed by the victim taken to the emergency room for overdose and resulting in death. The purpose of this program is to bring awareness and encourage communication between parents and youth about the consequences of drug and alcohol abuse