For adults who do not need (or prefer an alternative to) psychiatric hospitalization but who are unable to live independently, Sanctuary House provides attractive surroundings with an ideal combination of privacy and family atmosphere. The facility is an historic, beautifully furnished late-Victorian house, which offers a warm, home-like environment.

The Sanctuary House Program serves a maximum of twelve adults who are experiencing emotional difficulties with or without substance abuse issues; the program focuses on teaching clients independent living skills and socialization skills necessary for successful community living. In addition, Sanctuary House provides a comprehensive clinical program designed to help clients cope with intra-psychic issues that interfere with an independent lifestyle.


Upon entering the Sanctuary House residential program, each client is assigned a primary therapist (Case Manager). Together they assess personal strengths and problem areas, structure short and long term goals, and develop an individualized treatment plan which is evaluated weekly throughout the course of treatment.

Sanctuary House maintains as its goals:

Services INCLUDED:

Medication Management

In collaboration with each client's psychiatrist, the staff and Medical Director develop an optimal medication regimen with the lowest effective dosage. The Medical Director and clinical staff continually review current research in the area of medication to provide the most therapeutic plan for each client.

Clients are encouraged to understand the importance of proper medication management throughout the course of their treatment in the program and during aftercare.

All medications are monitored by staff, and the treatment team facilitates the client's ultimate achievement of the goal of responsible self-administration of medications.

Career Development Services

Vocational training is an important aspect of independent living and gradual reintegration into the community. Each client explores and assesses interests and abilities toward the goals of employment in the community, enrolling in classes, or volunteering in the local community. Clients work closely with Sanctuary Centers' Career Development Specialist and are expected to prepare for a pre-vocational or vocational activity within the first month of the treatment program. Learn more about Career Development Services.

Individual Therapy

Each client works with a licensed therapist throughout the course of their program. Together the therapist and client establish an individualized treatment plan consisting of short term and long term goals. In weekly sessions, the therapist and client discuss the progress toward these goals and intra-psychic issues that may arise. Because of the excellent staff-to-client ratio, therapists are accessible throughout the week and evenings. Learn more about our Sanctuary House Therapists/Case Managers.

Co-Occurring Disorders Services

Our Co-Occurring Disorders Program provides specialized counseling services tailored to the needs of people diagnosed with both mental health and substance use disorders. Our services are provided in a safe alcohol/drug-free environment. Learn more about our Co-Occurring Disorders Program.

Family Support

Sanctuary House recognizes that the families of clients also experience a need for support in the treatment process. Family members participate in our family support services which includes: family meetings with the client's treatment team, and weekly phone calls with the client's Case Manager. Families are also encouraged to participate in multi-family group therapy and couples therapy as needed.

In addition to family counseling, the clinical staff provides education for families to help them gain an understanding of mental illness and its effect on family dynamics. Learn more about our Family Counseling Services.

Independent Living Skills

A comprehensive Independent Living Skills program whereby staff instructs and assists clients in the daily maintenance of their shared living environment and personal hygeine. Additionally,instruction and assistance is provided in the preparation of all meals, menu planning, grocery shopping/comparison shopping and budgeting. Instruction in the use of public transportation is also offered.

Socialization Skills/Recreation

As a major part of the program, Sanctuary House provides groups and activities which are designed to help clients develop and improve interpersonal relationships.

Many of the therapeutic groups which are scheduled as part of the clinical program offer clients an opportunity to develop relationships with peers and to learn to rely upon each other for support. Groups become forums for cooperative participation and understanding of and tolerance for individual differences. As self-esteem increases, clients are encouraged and supported to take leadership roles in these groups.

Recreational activities bring clients together in community settings and provide an opportunity to socialize and find healthy outlets that are enjoyable and educational.

Group activities may include attending plays, concerts, films, art exhibitions and lectures, as well as hiking, sailing, horseback riding, bicycling, camping, and exploring city parks and beaches. Other activities are available in the Los Angeles area, which is 90 minutes from Santa Barbara.

Aftercare/Satellite Services

This one-time, prepaid service offers the client a three-month program of weekly one-hour sessions with Satellite Services Program staff. As such, staff are able to communicate between other Sanctuary Centers programs, thereby fostering greater likelihood of success. Learn more about our Satellite Services.