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La Cheim Behavioral Health Services

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) & Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)




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La Cheim Behavioral Health Services is a nonprofit organization that provides a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) to the Bay Area community. Our day treatment offerings are named the "Valfer Life Renewal Program" after our founder, Dr. Ernst Valfer, who first opened the clinic in 1993.


Our unique PHP and IOP offer compassionate, non-institutional, and trauma-informed care for adults coping with serious mental health challenges. We believe in the strength, resilience, and creativity of our clients. With an emphasis on improved coping and problem solving, we help clients begin to stabilize and rebuild their lives with a restored sense of meaning. 

The PHP and IOP programs run weekdays from 8:45 am - 3 pm in Oakland, California. Learn more about a day in the life of the programs​, meet our staff, and meet our donors. You can also find us on Facebook and Yelp.

Using an array of empirically validated approaches, we work with mood, anxiety, and thought disorders; trauma/PTSD; personality issues; grief, loss, and other adjustment difficulties; substance dependence recovery; and more. Clients often describe our treatment environment as especially welcoming, supportive, and non-pathologizing.


We work with Medicare and most major commercial insurance carriers. The following insurance carriers currently provide coverage for PHP/IOP services at La Cheim: Aetna; Anthem/Blue Cross; Beacon/Value Options; Blue Shield of California; Blue Shield/Magellan; Center for Elder Independence; Cigna; Contra Costa Health Plan; Medicare; Health Net/MHN; and UBH/Optum. We are able to accept Kaiser and Kaiser Advantage clients only by direct referral from Kaiser. Please contact us to verify eligibility and benefits. Unfortunately, MediCal does not provide coverage for La Cheim's PHP/IOP at this time.

The program also offers valuable specialized training for postgraduate clinicians en route to licensure in the mental health field. Interns learn about the latest evidence-based modalities while deepening their expertise and compassion in a supportive, community-minded atmosphere.

Our clinic is located at 3031 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609. It's easy to get to us using public transit. We also provide a carpool service for eligible clients.


To learn more about our program and get a head start on admission paperwork, check out the following documents:


La Cheim Welcome Workbook:                                La Cheim Admission Paperwork:

For more information about our PHP & IOP, including intakes and referrals, please complete the simple form below or contact Dr. David Beckerman at (510) 596-8350. Please note that our program is intensive day treatment -- not outpatient psychotherapy or psychiatry. Also, MediCal does not provide coverage for our services.

Contact Us Today to Learn More about our PHP & IOP Day Treatment Programs

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