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Recovery-Based Services

7th Avenue Center services are based on the Recovery Model and utilize best practices to motivate residents and produce positive outcomes. We utilize a person-centered and trauma-informed approach to provide for our residents and meet them where they are on their recovery journey. 



7th Avenue Center services are based on the Recovery Model and utilize best practices. Our program is tailored to individual strengths, following the principles of recovery, to support an individuals successful transition to community living.

Rehabilitation Program

7th Avenue Center works with residents to develop skills that will allow the individual to increase their level of independence. Mental health staff work closely with residents to support them with daily activities and assist with building skills that are in line with the resident’s program goals.

We believe that a person-centered approach to treatment and programming is the key to success. In this approach, residents are encouraged to identify their individual program goals and their role in the recovery process. In order to develop a specific plan and strategies to meet these goals, residents work in partnership with rehabilitation staff. The rehabilitation staff meets with the resident to discuss their progress on a weekly, monthly, and quarterly basis and assists the resident to accomplish their unique treatment plan.

We offer a comprehensive rehabilitation program with groups such as Seeking Safety; Symptom Management; Medication Education; Peer Support; Anger Management; Dual Recovery Anonymous; Money Management; Social Skills; Healthy Lifestyles, including an effective Smoking Cessation group; Stress Management; Community Outreach and many others.


A strong Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) has shown to be an important service in strengthening support systems, reducing isolation and assisting with identifying early warning signs to stressful situations. In conjunction with our Community Outreach Program, 7th Avenue Center uses WRAP to help residents identify which factors impact their mental wellness and specifically how to build the skills that are essential to sustaining physical and mental wellness. WRAP groups are offered in both English and Spanish.

Dialectical Skills Training

Dialectical Skills Training plays a pivotal role in our program. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) was originally developed to treat clients with Borderline Personality Disorder but it has been found to be useful in helping a wide variety of residents develop the skills of mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation and reality testing. Our DBT program coaches residents on how to use coping skills in a way that will promote ongoing physical and mental wellness in both 7th Avenue Center and future community settings.

Trauma-Informed Care

We have worked with the National Council for Mental Wellbeing to implement trauma-informed practices throughout our organization including providing trauma-informed care training to all staff. We understand that individuals struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues have been found, on average, to have experienced a greater number of traumatic events when compared to the general population. Our rehabilitation program works with clients to learn and practice effective coping strategies which will help them throughout their life. 7th Avenue Center is also a member of the Santa Cruz Trauma Consortium, a group of local agencies dedicated to promoting trauma-informed practices within California’s social services sector.



Providing a person-centered model offers dignity, compassion and respect, personalized care, and coordinated and collaborative treatment to help the individual live an independent and fulfilling life. 

From the choice of providers to the amount and duration of the services, individuals are encouraged to actively participate in the development of their service plan.

Trauma-informed care (TIC) is an organizational framework that involves recognizing, understanding, and responding to the effects of trauma. It has become a widely recognized paradigm for creating safe spaces for trauma survivors while also reducing the likelihood that accessing services would cause re-traumatization. Trauma-informed care is now the expectation, not the exception, in our service delivery system.


The question is not, What's wrong with you?, but rather, 

What happened to you?

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