Behavioral Health News
Dual Diagnosis - Mental Health - Eating Disorders
May, 2013 - In This Issue:
Rewiring The Brain One Step at a Time

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Mental Health Awareness Month is Here
Mental Health America
May is a special month for many reasons. For Sovereign Health, May is an especially special month as it marks Mental Health America's annual Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM). MHAM is a special time each year where we, as a mental health community, focus on not only on best serving those with mental health issues, but how to best educate the public at large about these issues as well. For more information about Mental Health Awareness Month, and Sovereign Health's role in it see this link: Click Here
Meet Our Staff
Dr. Sarah Steinmeyer, Director of Eating Disorder Treatment at Sovereign Health Group

Each month Sovereign Health puts one of its own staff in the spotlight to provide an in-depth look at the people who are dedicated to create and provide quality care for our clients and families.


In this month's newsletter we highlight Dr. Sarah Steinmeyer.


Dr. Sarah Steinmeyer is the Director of Sovereign's Eating Disorder and Change for Life programs. Dr. Sunny, as she prefers to be called, is licensed as a clinical psychologist by the state of California and has a vast experience of more than 30 years, working in a variety of mental health and medical settings. She received Doctorate in General Psychology from United States (Alliant) International University, San Diego, CA in 1986. Before joining Sovereign, she was the Clinical Coordinator at Capistrano by the Sea Hospital for many years, where she also facilitated a multi-family treatment program. Dr. Steinmeyer has served as an eating disorder therapist at various medical centers, most recently Mission Hospital of Laguna Beach, California. In addition to her hospital work she maintains a private practice in Laguna Hills, treating adolescent and adult patients. Dr. Steinmeyer was selected Winning Author of the First-Paper Competition, sponsored by the National Association of Private Psychiatric Hospitals, in 1991. She frequently makes community presentations on parenting, anger management and relationship issues. Around the office, Dr. Sunny, is arguably most known for her positive outlook and inquisitive nature, often providing some much-needed levity in what can often be a very heavy field.

Alumni Spotlight
Challsee Shares His Story
Challsee shares her story about the treatment in Sovereign health. She tells how her mother by surfing the internet and doing some research for dual diagnosis treatment came to know about Sovereign Health. She shares that she liked this center better and met the best people here in comparisons to other treatment centers.

In this narrative, Challsee needed a center for Dual Diagnosis to help address her addiction and co-occurring health conditions. She shares that she liked this center better and met the best people here and feels grateful that she ended up here. She acknowledges her therapist and calls her super sweet and intelligent. She shares that staff at Sovereign Health were very approachable, outgoing, fun and helpful and made her stay very comfortable. She enjoyed the process group as it focused on outside issues and the ways to make them better. She suggested that new patients that they be open to the program and people and not to hold themselves.


What You Need to Know About Suboxone Detox

Detoxification Treatment
Suboxone, a form of the semi-synthetic opioid Buprenorphine, is a very important drug when it comes to Detoxification.  Suboxone is one of the most common methods when it comes to helping patients detoxify from opiate substances, but it is a very delicate process.  Though Suboxone Detox is common, knowing how the process works is important for patients and their loved ones.  For more information on Suboxone Detox, and Suboxone in general, see here: Read Full Article
Networking & Education
Orange County and Los Angeles
Orange County Daytime Free Networking Luncheon and C.E. Presentation
SHG Welcomes,
Christopher Bennett, presenting on "The Clinical Process of Formal Schizophrenia Intervention."
Date: Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
Time: 11:30am-1:30pm
Location: 209 Avenida Fabricante, Suite 100
San Clemente, CA 92672
Please contact Marissa Katrin Maldonado at 909-827-1516 or for questions or RSVP's.
Los Angeles Daytime Free Networking Luncheon
Los Angeles Networking Event
(networking and luncheon only)
Date: Thursday, June 13th, 2013
Time: 11:30am-1pm
Location: 6167 Bristol Parkway, Suite 100
Culver City, CA 90230

Please contact Marissa Katrin Maldonado at 909-827-1516 or for questions or RSVP's.
Los Angeles Free Evening C.E. Presentation
SHG Welcomes,
Dr. Evelyn Goodman, presenting on "Social Anxiety and Addiction."
Date: Thursday, June 6th, 2013
Time: 6-7:30 pm
Location: 6167 Bristol Parkway, Suite 100
Culver City, CA 90230
Please contact Marissa Katrin Maldonado at 909-827-1516 or for questions or RSVP's.
Free Webinar


Earn 1 Free C.E.


Date: Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
Time: 11-12p.m.
Please contact Marissa Katrin Maldonado at 909-827-1516 or for questions or RSVP's
Who We Are & What We Do
Admissions Specialists Available 24/7
Sovereign Health Group offers treatment for Dual Diagnosis, Mental Health, and Eating Disorders. We utilize a foundation of evidence based treatment modalities, 12 step support, and blend experiential therapies to create finely balanced treatment programs.
We have locations in San Clemente and Culver City. Sovereign Health is Joint Commission Accredited and Dually Licensed holding the highest standards for excellent patient care. We have a team of licensed clinical and medical professionals that provide cutting edge treatment and programming to our patients. SHG has a mission to rewire the brain one step at a time and create a foundation for a long lasting recovery.
Visit Our Website Today
At Sovereign Health Group, we utilize experienced Admissions specialists 24 hours per day to facilitate entry into our programs. The admission process begins with a brief confidential telephone assessment to determine whether we are a suitable match and the projected program/level of care. We will review the financial and insurance options to help determine the most cost effective plan.
Call our Admission team at 866-819-2948 or email at
Live Chat operators available to answer questions via our website
Utilizing Insurance
Cost Effective Treatment

Many sufferers of Addiction, Dual Diagnosis, Mental Health, and/or Eating Disorder conditions have been left untreated due to not having enough financial resources to cover a treatment program.  In the past, there were programs for those who qualified for county and/or government assistance and programs for those who were able to afford high end treatment. The question then arose, what about the middle, typically known as the working class?

Sovereign Health Group wanted to change the face of the utilization of private health insurance for behavioral health and addiction treatment and help more people reach the help they need and deserve.   SHG has been diligent and motivated from inception to create and continue increasing the amount of coverage a patient receives for treatment. From the very first call, our admissions team will handle the verification of benefits and devise a plan of action to get the patient into treatment as quickly as possible. We are willing to work with each person individually and devise the best plan.

 We are proud to say "We Accept and Direct Bill Insurance".

We accept most PPO and HMO insurances up front, call Admissions today to learn more, 866-819-2948.

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