Youth Services

L.A. CADA focuses efforts in providing treatment and support services to residents throughout Los Angeles County.

L.A. CADA maintains long-lasting effective community partnerships integrating services within El Rancho Unified School District and surrounding schools in the Santa Fe Springs and Whittier areas.

“The question is not why the addiction? But why the pain?” – Gabor Matè

Our skilled counselors and clinicians are trained to work both with youth (ages 12-17) and young adults (ages 18-20). It is our responsibility to assume a client-centered approach focusing on the specific needs of each individual patient.

At L.A. CADA, we are aware that substance use is the primary symptom to the underlying problems of a teenagers life; therefore, our patients receive an individualized treatment plan addressing their personal needs and goals.

In attending individual and group counseling session, our patients receive the tools necessary to reconcile and heal from the patterns of addiction. “No Shame. No Blame. No Judgement.”

Youth Outpatient Treatment

Comprehensive Outpatient & Intensive Outpatient substance use treatment for adolescents 12-17 years of age, with a diagnosable Substance Use Disorder.

Cost: Sliding scale fees are available. Treatment is free if the individual qualifies for Medi-Cal.

Services include:

  • Initial Assessment & Treatment Planning
  • Patient Education & Group Counseling
  • Individual Counseling, Crisis Intervention, Case Management & Family therapy
  • Weekly random drug testing


Location: 11015 Bloomfield Ave. Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Phone: (562) 906-2676

Youth Services Coordinator
Ericka Logan — Phone:  (209) 643-0729, Email:

School-Based Outpatient Treatment

On campus substance use treatment for El Rancho High School students 12-17 years of age, with a diagnosable substance use disorder.

Cost: Sliding scale fees are available. Treatment is free if the individual qualifies for Medi-Cal.

Services include:

  • Initial Assessment & Treatment Planning
  • Patient Education & Group Counseling
  • Individual Counseling, Crisis Intervention, Case Management & Family therapy
  • Weekly random drug testing


Location: 9515 Haney st. Pico Rivera, CA 90660
Phone: (562) 906-2676

Youth Services Coordinator
Ericka Logan — Phone:  (209) 643-0729, Email:


A free 6-week alcohol and drug awareness education and prevention group that seeks to reduce abuse as well as preventing HIV and Viral Hepatitis among youth & young adults ages 13-24 years.

Program Details:

  • 1-hour group sessions, 1 time per week for 6 weeks (Schedule can be flexible)
  • HIV, STD, and HCV referrals available
  • Drug Testing Available
  • Community Service hours available upon request
  • Certificate of completion Peer Advocate Training – Become a leader among your peers!


Location: 10210 Orr and Day Ed. Suite B Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Contact: (562) 348-0083

Historias Para Jovenes Project Director
John-Carlos Fabian — Email:

T.R.E.E. Project

Substance Abuse prevention, intervention, and wraparound services for students and families of El Rancho Unified School District in Pico Rivera, CA.

Services include:

  • Crisis Intervention, Intervention Counseling & Wraparound Case Management
  • Student & Family Educational Groups
  • Youth Support & Leadership Groups
  • Referral to Outpatient & Intensive Outpatient Treatment


Location: 9515 Haney St. Pico Rivera, CA 90660

T.R.E.E. Youth Coordinator
Katia Derderian – Phone: (765) 351-1881,  Email:

Drug Free Communities-Project S.T.O.P. Taskforce

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Community Education and Awareness; this body is here with a mission to reduce and prevent underage drinking, marijuana use, and prescription drug misuse. Giving us the ability to provide workshops and education to parents, community partners, and our community on ways to enhance our efforts to prevention.

Program Goals:

  1. To increase community collaboration and partnerships
  2. To educate youth with effective prevention techniques reducing substance use
  3. To implement trainings and strategies to local community businesses in preventing youth from obtaining alcohol and tobacco products


Location: 10210 Orr and day Rd. Suite B Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Phone: (562) 348-0083

Monica Soto — Phone: (562) 348-0083  ext. 213. Email:
Lawrence Fernandez — Phone: (562) 348-0083 ext. 211. Email:

Safe Kids Project

U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime has awarded L.A. CADA a grant to provide direct services to children and youth who are crime victims as a result of the Nation’s addiction crisis.

Under this program, a young victim of the addiction crisis is:

  • A child or youth, from newborn to 18 years-old
  • A victim of any kind of crime (child abuse or neglect, physical or sexual assault, domestic or family violence, DUI, DWI, etc.)
  • Impacted by the addiction crisis

Note: A crime does not have to be reported to police for the victim to be eligible.

Direct Services include:

  • Providing information about services available
  • Referral to specialized evidence-based, trauma-informed victim services for children and youth
  • Advocating on behalf of the victim
  • Accompaniment to meetings, hearings, appointments
  • Medical services including treatment for neonatal abstinence syndrome
  • Emotional support on-scene of a substance overdose or drug-related offense where a young victim is present, as well as continued support after the incident

Note: The grant extends support and services to the child involved, but also their caregivers, whether they be parents, kin, foster families, or friends.

To this end, L.A. CADA is establishing a Youth Team whose members will:

  • Reach out to referral sources
  • Establish a screening process
  • Educate all staff to create awareness
  • Establish a “warm” line through CENS
  • Establish a “hot” line for afterhours response
  • Develop a protocol for responding to crises situations
  • Provide therapy, counseling, case management, advocacy

Note: Currently, the Team consists of Dakota Brown with Caryl Lark as grant overseer. Much work remains to be done; the first order of business will be to expand the team! This is an exciting project and deserving of our best, most concerted effort. 


Red Flags your teen may be addicted to alcohol and/or drugs:

• Unpredictable mood swings
• Change in eating and sleeping patterns
• Hanging with a new group of friends
• Negative change in school performance
• Deterioration of family relationships
• Loss of interest in hobbies or sports
• Breaking curfew and lying about whereabouts

If you suspect your teen is using drugs or alcohol…


• Talk to them about your suspicions without accusations and judgment
• Listen to your teen
• Contact a substance abuse agency for help


• Threaten to kick them out of the house unless they stop using
• Blame others for your teen’s substance abuse
• Patronize or preach to your teen
• Don’t SHAME or BLAME your teen for their substance abuse

Hotline Information

LA County Health & Human Services 2-1-1

Life-Threatening Emergencies 9-1-1

Trans Lifeline 877-565-8860
For the first time, there is a hotline in the US that is staffed entirely by transgender people, to serve transgender people. Everyone in the trans community needs to be spreading this around. Loves could be saved.

LA County Substance Abuse Treatment Center (800) 564-6600

The Parents Toll-Free Helpline 1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373)
Monday – Friday, 7: 00 am – 3:00 pm Pacific time, in English and Spanish

Didi Hirsch’s 24-hour Suicide Crisis Line (877) 727-4747
Toll-free in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Imperial Counties

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255

TEEN LINE 310-855-HOPE (4673) or text “TEEN” to 839863
A confidential telephone helpline for teenaged callers. It operates every evening from 6:00pm to 10:00pm PST and is toll-free from anywhere in California.

Additional Resources

Tips for Parents

Empowering Parents for Tips, Advice, and Help

How to help your child make good choices

Answering Your child’s questions about alcohol

Drug Guide for Parents

Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD)

Time to Get Help: Support for Parents of a Child Struggling with Drugs and Alcohol

Additional Resources

LA County Substance Use Prevention & Control

Map of LA County residential and non-residential youth treatment centers

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): The Science of Drug Abuse & Addiction
For teens

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration: Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

The Partnership at Drug

President’s Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)