Survivor of Suicide Loss

La Cheim Behavioral Health Services

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

Survivor of Suicide Bereavement







COVID Update: La Cheim's tele-PHP/IOP programs are currently all virtual, providing Zoom-based video groups as well as individual therapy and psychiatry. (For more, see the daily virtual program page.) For the fastest response, please contact admissions using the form below. You can also call our admissions department at (510) 596-8350


Referrals, refill requests, medical records, etc? Use our eFax: 510-225-2745

Note that our program is intensive group-based day treatment only -- not individual outpatient psychotherapy or psychiatry. Also, MediCal does not provide coverage for our services.

Questions about tele-PHP/IOP program or admissions? Contact us here.

Please note that our current wait time for PHP admission is approximately 3 weeks.

We will do our best to respond to your inquiry in a timely manner and it may be 3-5 business days before we're able to respond

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Inclusive, Empowering Day Treatment


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.

Treatment Approaches

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.

Insurance Coverage

We work with 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 (CEI)

  • Cigna

  • Contra Costa Health Plan

  • Kaiser & Kaiser Advantage (by direct referral only -- please contact your KP providers)

  • Medicare (note that Medicare has very strict attendance requirements)

  • Health Net/MHN

  • UBH/Optum


Please contact us to verify eligibility and benefits. Unfortunately, MediCal does not provide coverage for La Cheim's PHP/IOP at this time.

Getting to La Cheim

Currently our program is virtual only, so all you need to join us is an internet connection and a device that can run Zoom!

Our clinic is located at 3031 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609. It's easy to get to us using public transit


Training for Pre-Licensed Therapists

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

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