Behavioral Health News
Dual Diagnosis - Mental Health - Eating Disorders
February, 2013 - In This Issue:
Sovereign Academy
Upcoming Conference on Trauma
Meet Our Staff
NEDAwareness Week
Systemic Interventions & Family Recovery
Sports Figure in Treatment
Gun Violence & Mental Health
OC and LA Networking
Admissions Process
Utilizing Insurance
Rewiring The Brain One Step at a Time
Patient Video Testimonial-
Mary came to know about Sovereign Health through one of her friend, who was in treatment center earlier. She describe her experience in Sovereign health as wonderful, she learned how to be flexible and how to get along with different personalities. She learned to eat food which she was avoiding earlier. She finds the staff very supporting.


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San Clemente,
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SHG Launches Sovereign Academy

School Program for Clients

We are excited to announce a new program as part of Sovereign Health Extended Care: Sovereign Academy.

Sovereign Academy has been designed as a part of our extended care program to offer clients with Dual Diagnosis, Mental Health, and/or Eating Disorders, an option to receive education while in a therapeutic and supportive treatment environment.
Sovereign Academy offers four educational tracks that will help clients develop life skills, create confidence, and begin developing educational and career plans for a brighter future. Visit the Soveriegn Academy:

Experts in The Field of Trauma

Present at Upcoming Conference

Fifth Annual It Happens to Boys Conference

Sovereign Health is excited to announce that its very own Dr. Bobbi Carlson and Jasmin Rogg, of the SHG Culver City treatment location, will be presenting at the Creative Change Fifth Annual It Happens to Boys Conference on March 1st-2nd, 2013 in Palm Springs, CA.

Dr. Carlson and Ms. Rogg, along with Eric Carlson, will be providing a panel at the conference dedicated to the effects and treatments of trauma. At the conference, Dr. Carlson and Ms. Rogg will be joined by many other experts in the field of mental health, including authors Dave Pelzer and John Bradshaw.

We hope you can share in the excitement with us about this exciting news. To learn more and register for the conference:

Meet Our Staff

Q&A with Clay Niles, Operations Manager at Soveriegn 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.

This month Clay Niles, our Operations Manager, joins us for an interview about his background in recovery, his road to Sovereign Health and where the Operations team is heading in the future. Clay discusses issues such as dealing with the past, improving care to patients and operating challenges that face a treatment center each and every day.
To find out more about Clay, and the Operations Department at Sovereign Health:


NEDAwareness Week

February 24th to March 3rd

This month we highlight National Eating Disorders Awareness week (or NEDAwareness week), part of NEDAs mission to help end the suffering caused by eating disorders. We discuss some of the details of

NEDAwareness week (February 24th to March 3rd), how prevalent Eating Disorders are in our society, and some of the ways we can help to stem the tide.
For more about Sovereign's look at NEDAwareness week and Eating Disorder:

Presenting Interventionist Burr Cook

Systemic Interventions & Family Recovery

Burr Cook's experience with interventions began in the early 1980s participating in crises interventions in the healthcare field.

Mr. Cook is a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Recovery Specialist II (Certified Addiction Specialist-CAS II), a Nationally Certified Addiction Counselor (NCAC) and a Registered Nurse. He is also a member of the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC), the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), the Network of Independent Interventionists (NII) and The Association of Arise Interventionists (AAI). In addition he serves on the boards of NII and PALM (Problems of Addiction in Labor and Management).

We welcome you to enjoy a presentation right here at Sovereign Health on Systemic Interventions and Family Recovery from Mr. Cook. For the presentation:


Celebrity Sports Figure Kicked Out

of Treatment Center

Former NFL Quarterback, Ryan Leaf

As more and more professional athletes face problems with drug and alcohol, it may not come as a surprise that former NFL quarterback, Ryan Leaf was kicked out of the drug rehab center he was attending. Instead of being sent straight to jail, a court judge ruled that he could participate in the rehab program as part of his jail sentence of five years. Ryan attended the Nexus Treatment Center in Lewistown, Montana.
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Connection Between Gun Violence

and Mental Health

Proposals for Gun Violence Reduction

When mental illness goes un-diagnosed and untreated, the results and implications can be devastating. In light of recent events, including school and public shootings, and later mental illness speculations for the shooter or shooters, it is hard not to ask the question: is there a connection between gun violence and mental illness, or even dual diagnosis? Read Full Article


Networking & Education

Orange County and Los Angeles

Join Sovereign Health Group at their Orange County and Los Angeles locations for monthly networking luncheon events. You will have an opportunity to share marketing materials and who you are and what you do during introductions.

Orange County Networking & Education Event

SHG Welcomes, Christine Lister, M.A., M.F.T., presenting on "Anger Management in the 21st Century".

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 Time: 11:30am-1:30pm Location: 209 Avenida Fabricante, Suite 100 San Clemente, CA 92672

Los Angeles Networking Event

Date: Thursday, March 14, 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.

Thank You to Our Event Sponsors, Millennium Labs!

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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.
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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.


Sovereign Health Group
Sovereign Health of California
Our Locations: San Clemente - Culver City