What we do: Phoenix of Santa Barbara provides a range of mental health recovery-oriented services, with the goal of helping individuals and families cope and thrive in the face of a variety of psychiatric and substance abuse conditions. We recently celebrated 40 years of providing services and education about the full range of psychiatric challenges we face in the 21st century!
Vision statement: Transforming lives through creative and nurturing approaches to psychiatric recovery.
Mission statement: Phoenix of Santa Barbara provides creative and innovative residential and outpatient services to rehabilitate and provide care to adults diagnosed with psychiatric and addictive disorders with a focus on encouraging clients to participate actively in their own recovery.
A bit of history: Phoenix of Santa Barbara was founded as a non-profit corporation in 1972 by a group of individuals wanting to improve social and mental health services in Santa Barbara. These founders included Ada Schick Wing, Eleanor Wright, the Reverend Kevin Snow, Carol Doane, and Millie Riemenschneider.
In 2011, Phoenix’s Dual Diagnosis program expanded by being part of a SAMHSA-funded grant to provide services to clients diagnosed with psychiatric and substance abuse conditions in the Clean and Sober Court System. SAMHSA is the federal Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration.
Phoenix of Santa Barbara partners with the County of Santa Barbara’s Department of Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services to provide residential and outpatient services. We also receive HUD funding (through their Shelter Plus Care program) for indigent and low-income individuals on SSI or SSDI who are in single units at our residential programs. The City of Santa Barbara’s Housing Authority administers this Shelter Plus care program.
Private-pay services are available in each of the agency’s programs. If you would like any more information, please call (805) 965-3434 or click here.
Funding: While government contracts, and individual fees cover the majority of costs, we rely also on grants, donations and contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations. Fundraising is an important part of our activities, to assist with both operations and capital projects.
Current fundraising projects include raising funds for two new vans for Mountain House and Phoenix House, supporting the development of our Mainstream program, re-roofing Mountain House, and paying down the mortgage on Mountain House.
Donate to assisting the work of rehabilitating those with mental illness:
If you would like to contribute to assisting with either our operational expenses or with our capital projects please click here to go to the fundraising part of our website. We strongly encourage donations to our non-profit! Donations are tax-deductible, as permitted by law.