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Taking the first steps toward sobriety can be intimidating.
At Kern Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (KernBHRS), we understand the complexities of
substance use problems among youth and adults. Dealing with these issues is not easy,
but our dedicated staff is here to help you through your journey.
Find Substance Use Treatment Centers Near You
Getting Started With Treatment
Whenever you decide to seek treatment, we’re ready to help. Connect to services anytime by calling our 24-hour Substance Use Disorder Access Line at
In minutes, our Gateway team will assess your individual needs and connect you to one of our providers as well as other local resources.
Did you Know? Treatment priority is given to pregnant and/or parenting clients.
¿Sabia Usted? Se da prioridad de tratamiento a clientes o solicitantes embarazadas y/o clientes con hijos/as.
What Treatment Looks Like
Everyone has different experiences with substance use and treatment attempts. Once a person is screened, different treatment options may be offered:
A person will undergo group and individual counseling a few times per week for a number of months. The frequency is adjusted depending on individualized goals and progress.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment
In this treatment, a person will go through group and individual counseling most days of the week. The goal is to help establish new recovery skills and eliminate substance use.
This involves short-term, intensive treatment at a live-in facility, followed by
Narcotic Treatment Programs
A person receives daily medications for opioid use disorder, plus individual
Beneficiary Informing Materials for DMC-ODS/Manual para Beneficiario de DMC-ODS
DMC-ODS Member Handbook - English/Inglés (Large Print/Letra Grande)
DMC-ODS Member Handbook - Spanish/Español (Large Print/Letra Grande)
DMC-ODS Beneficiary Handbook - Audio Version/Versión de Audio (English/Inglés) Coming Soon/Disponible Pronto)
NEW - DMC-ODS Waiver Implementation Plan for Kern County (DHCS Approved)
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