Our Programs & Services

A Diverse Array of Community-Focused Offerings

La Cheim's Residential Treatment Center, Browning House, provides a safe and nurturing environment for emotionally disturbed youth, ages 12-18 whose circumstances do not permit them to live with their families or guardians. 


Clinical staff facilitates daily groups and activities that are designed to enhance social, emotional and behavioral skills in support of each resident's treatment plan, happiness and future goals. 


For more information, please contact Bob Garriott, Program Director at rtcdir@lacheim.org or call (510) 236-0444.


Prevention & Healing for Children & Adolescents

Therapeutic Behavioral Services (TBS) serves children and adolescents ages 2 to 19 years who are impacted by extreme social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties, putting them at risk of removal from their current living situation. TBS is an especially unique preventive and interventive service to help youth and their family or guardian learn new ways of managing emotions and behaviors before it becomes a crisis situation.


La Cheim TBS facilitates behavioral change through creative use of cognitive behavioral interventions and collaboration with the youth, parent/caregiver, and a multi-disciplinary team of professionals.  

For more information, please contact Emilia Storrs, Acting Program Director, at emilia@lacheim.org or (510) 222-3946.


Quality Education in Contra Costa & Alameda Counties

La Cheim manages two nonpublic schools: one for the Eastern Contra Costa County Area, directed by Sue Herrera, and another for the Western Contra Costa and Alameda County Area, directed by Karen Jackson. Both schools provide special education services to students in grades 6-12 identified as having social/emotional, behavioral and learning needs that cannot be met in traditional school settings. 


Our students benefit from small classes that offer a high staff-student ratio, structured and engaging core academic classes integrated with therapeutic groups and access to counselors throughout the day. Our dedicated and experienced professional staff work with each individual student to help them develop their academic skills while strengthening social skills, problem-solving and conflict resolution. Learn more.


For more information about our El Sobrante campus, please contact Program Director Karen Jackson, at karen@lacheim.org or (510) 243-2360. For more information about our Concord campus (formerly in Antioch), contact Program Director Sue Herrera at sue@lacheim.org or (925) 777-1133.


PHP / IOP | Suicide Loss Services | Clinical Training

La Cheim Behavioral Health Services is a licensed Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) in Oakland, California. We provide a range of services for children, adolescents, and adults who live in our surrounding communities. Find us on Facebook and Yelp.


La Cheim Behavioral Health Services -- Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) & Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

The centerpiece of La Cheim's CMHC is the Valfer Life Renewal Program -- an innovative day treatment program for adults that includes both a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).  The Valfer Life Renewal Program empowers clients to draw on their strengths and regain their vitality. The program specializes in treating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, grief/loss, trauma/PTSD, and thought disorders. We also address issues associated with chemical dependency, recovery, and relapse prevention. Learn more.


Postgraduate Training for Postgraduate Clinicians

The PHP/IOP program also incorporates specialized training for postgraduate clinicians working towards licensure. Please contact Michal Falk, PhD at michal@lacheim.org.to inquire about our diverse and dynamic clinical training program. Learn more.


Suicide Loss & Bereavement Therapy

The Paroutaud Suicide Loss Program provides hope, help, and support for people coping with suicide loss and bereavement. The program offers specialized group and individual therapy for individuals who have lost a loved one to suicide. Learn more.

Pro Bono Therapy for Underserved Children & Adolescents

We also offer outpatient therapy services for underserved children and adolescents. To learn more about this offering, please contact Program Director Frances Raeside at (510) 596-8129. Most of the funding for this program is raised on #GivingTuesday.


Safe & Nurturing Environment for Adolescents


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