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National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
Native American and Alaskan Natives
Meet Our Staff
Book Review: Many Blessings
Program Element: Yoga and Meditation
August Networking Events: OC and LA
Patient Testimonial
Health Insurance and Treatment
Admission Info
Company Summary
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National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
July was selected as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in 2008 by the US House of Representatives. This gives the treatment community an opportunity to devote an article, special event, or utilizing other channels to create awareness around diverse communities. Sovereign Health wanted to devote segments of the July Newsletter to promote these efforts.
Native American and Alaskan Natives
American Indian and Alaskan Native Communities Struggle with High Rates of Addiction and Mental Health Conditions

American Indian and Alaskan Native (AIAN) communities, from cities to reservations, continue to be riddled with high rates of alcoholism, drug addiction, and mental illness. According to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health report, nearly 1 in every 5 AIAN adults needed treatment due to an alcohol and drug problem, which is almost double the national average¹ And, according to a 2010 publication by the Office of Minority and National affairs of the American Psychiatry Association, "Native Americans use and abuse alcohol and other drugs at younger ages, and higher rates, than all other ethnic groups"².

Mental illness is also a major problem. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, AIAN adults are more likely to endure "serious psychological distress", and experience "feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness" then the general population.³ A National Alliance of Mental Illness fact sheet reports that mental illness effects "approximately 20%" of the total AIAN population.4 And tragically, according to the American Psychiatry Association suicide is the second leading cause of death for AIANs between the ages of 10 to 34.

Written by: John T. Bender and Rachel Angerman 
Comments or Questions: RecoveryAllies@yahoo.com

Learn More by Visiting the US Department of Health and Human
The Office of Minority Healh: Click Here to Visit Their Website
Meet Our Staff
Staff Member: Deborah McCarthy
Position: Registered Dietician

Q: What brought you to Sovereign Health?
A: I was brought on to Sovereign Health to provide nutrition education and consultation for the dual diagnosis, mental health, and eating disorder program. Also, the program director at the time was acutely aware of the relationship between diet and treatment outcome. When we look at relapse potential, we realize that nutrition plays a couple of key roles. One, the nutrient content of the diet affects the functions of the brain and other organs, and can promote a feeling of well being or illness, mental clarity or confusion. Secondly, the behaviors associated with diets tend to either promote or work against sobriety, improved mood, or the normalization of food and eating behaviors. With nutrition education to change the diet, I can encourage clients to promote a healthy lifestyle and ultimately to take responsibility for their mental and physical health.

Q: What makes our ED program different and how do you help to make it that way?
A: What makes our ED program unique is the ability to provide a structured food plan which at the same time promotes flexibility.   Unlike addictions, our clients need to learn to develop a food philosophy which incorporates shades of gray rather than a philosophy which is black or white. We try to encourage that all foods can fit into a healthy lifestyle and that there should be no fear foods. At the same time, we help clients identify food boundaries to promote limit setting in social eating, what foods to keep at home and how to differentiate physical hunger from taste or emotional hunger. Prior to discharge, each client has a list of meals and snacks and corresponding shopping list to follow once at home.

Q: You run the "market tour" and other exposure elements of our program. Can you describe?
A: The weekly food experiential groups are a way to practice what we learned during group. Part of the learning process is cognitive and part of learning is application. Therefore, our clients are taken to various restaurants or dessert outings to challenge them to practice what they have learned in groups and process their success and challenges in group. Resolving anxiety around social eating is one of several indicators of recovery from an eating disorder. Also, in order to develop each clients discharge food plan, we will look at various foods recommended and to have each client become more comfortable and confident with decision making at a supermarket.

Q: How do you deal with diversity in your role as a Sovereign Health clinician?
A: Having worked in the field of addictions and eating disorders, I have had male and female clients, teens, adults, middle aged adults, and seniors, including all races and religions. Although there may be some cultural, religious, gender, or age specific variations, the treatment goals are the same; to normalize food, weight, and activity related behaviors. Most clients find that they have more in common than they have differences and that this cohesion provides an amazing peer driven support.

Q:When you have to describe a "successful patient" what comes to mind?
A: This will be a client who has an improved variety of foods, has developed a healthy food consumption patterns, is able to regulate internal cues of hunger and fullness, is engaged in some form of regular activity, has minimal food fears, feels confident with their discharge food plan, is at or progressing towards their healthy weight range, has improved mood and physical energy, and is now comfortable with social eating.

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Book Review: Many Blessings
Sovereign recently was fortunate to have Dr. Sonnee Weedn provide a presentation on the treatment of trauma at our June luncheon. Following the presentation she shared one of her many endeavors with working with a diverse group of women who struggled with addiction and mental health.   Dr. Sonnee's, Many Blessings: A Tapestry of African American Women is a collection of the life stories of thirty-one contemporary, accomplished African American women. If you have not had an opportunity to read her work and these inspirational stories.
Program Element: Yoga and Meditation
At Sovereign Health, we always seek to provide a holistic approach to therapy, introducing patients to treatment practices that work without being limited by culture or geography. One such example is Yoga and Meditation, which is currently offered at Sovereign Health.

Yoga is a generic term for a physical, mental, and spiritual discipline originating in ancient Indiaand found in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.It is based on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and aims to use meditation to attain salvation. Yoga, meaning "union" in Sanskrit, has been used as a tool to unite the mind, body and spirit and to bring on transformation. In addition to being an important part of early India culture, Yoga has been an interest in Western society since at least the late 1800s.

Yoga also can play an important role in recovery, benefitting clients in both physical and mental ways. Surveys estimate that Yoga is one of the most common forms of alternative medicines in practice in the U.S. and Yoga today is deeply intertwined with practices such as Positive Psychology and Mindfulness, treatment goals that Sovereign Health currently uses. At Sovereign Health, patients are given the option of Yoga therapy at least once a week in order to integrate this Eastern style of medicine into our quest to provide patients with the best possible care and treatment.
August Networking Events: OC and LA

Orange County Networking Luncheon

Join Sovereign Health in Los Angeles for a free networking luncheon. Bring your marketing materials to share with attendees.

Sovereign Health Welcomes Mary Gordon to present on "Developing Family Resiliency" at the August networking event.

Mary Gordon, Director of Family and Outpatient Services at Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California is an active advocate for family recovery. Mary's passion for family recovery is evident in her 28 year history of service as a clinician, educator and administrator in the field of prevention, education and treatment of the family disease of chemical dependency both in New England and California. Register Here

Enter in the Business Card Raffle to Win an IPOD Shuffle

Los Angeles Networking Luncheon

Join Sovereign Health in Los Angeles for a free networking luncheon. Bring your marketing materials to share with attendees.

Sovereign Health recently opened a Day Treatment and Intensive Outpatient location offering their Dual Diagnosis and Mental Health treatment programs in Culver City. We are excited to extend two our of the Sovereign treatment programs to the Los Angeles community. Come meet our new Clinical Director, Jasmin Rogg, and the rest of the Culver City team. Register Here

Enter in the Business Card Raffle to Win an IPOD Shuffle

Register Online or RSVP with Marissa Katrin Maldonado
(909) 827-1516 or m.maldonado@sovhealth.com

Patient Testimonial

Gilberto'S STORY

Health Insurance and Treatment
Mental Health, Eating Disorder, and Addiction Treatment had been non-existent for thousands of people in the United States every year due to not having enough resources to pay for a program. Sovereign Health of California wanted to change the face of the utilization of health insurance in treatment and help more people reach the help they deserve and need.   Sovereign Health has been diligent and motivated from the very beginning to create and continue increasing the amount of coverage that 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. If the patient does not have all of the deductible or out of pocket expenses, we are willing to work with each person individually with the resources available to try and find a solution. Patients at Sovereign are seeing an average of 30-45 covered days in treatment, with quite a few reaching 60 days, and a few even reaching 90 days and beyond. Sovereign Health is Joint Commission Accredited and continues to build an excellent system of patient documentation to prove medical necessity for treatment. Sovereign is dedicated to excellent patient care and satisfaction. We are proud to say "We are a Treatment Center that Accepts Insurance". Call Us Today and We Can Help.

866 - 819 - 2948

Admission Information
At Sovereign Health of California, we utilize an experienced intake staff to facilitate entry into our program. The confidential intake process usually begins with a brief conversation to help determine whether we are a suitable match for a potential patient. The next step is to determine the level of care necessary. Finally, the information is passed on to our clinical staff, who are in charge of assessment and admission.

We invite you to call us at 866-819-2948 or email us at info@sovhealth.com.

Sovereign Health of California specializes in providing holistic and evidence-based clinical treatment, focusing on the person as a whole.  We treat males and females for mental health, dual diagnoses, and eating disorders. A clinical model of healing the physical, mental, and emotional is used to treat our patients.  Sovereign Treatment Center Admissions
Company Summary
Sovereign Health Group offers treatment for Dual Diagnosis, Mental Health, and Eating Disorders. We use a foundation of evidence based treatment modalities 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 hold high standards for excellent patient care. We have a team of licensed medical professionals that provide cutting edge and effective clinical treatments. Sovereign has a mission to rewire the brain one step at a time and create a foundation for a long lasting recovery.

Corporate Address:
Sovereign Health of California
209 Avenida Fabricante
San Clemente, California 92672

Toll Free: (866) 819-2948
Front Desk: (949) 369-1300
Fax: (949) 276-5183
Email : info@sovcal.com
Website : www.sovcal.com

Our Locations: San Clemente | Culver City

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  1. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The Office of Applied Studies. (2010) Substance Use Among Native American or Alaskan Native Adults. The NSDUH Report. Retrieved July 3rd, 2012, from http://www.oas.samhsa.gov/2k10/182/AmericanIndianHTML.pdf.

  2. American Psychiatric Association. The Office of Minority and National Affairs. (2010) Mental Health Disparities: American Indians and Alaskan Natives. The APA Fact Sheet. Retrieved July 3rd, 2012, from www.psychiatry.org/.../Practice/.../Fact-Sheet---Native-Americans.pdf.

  3. US Department of Health and Human Services. The Office of Minority Health. (2010) Mental Health and American Indians/Alaskan Natives. Mental Health Status. Retrieved July 4th, 2012, from http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/templates/content.aspx?ID=6475.

  4. National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI).American Indian
    and Alaskan Native Women and Depression. Fact Sheet.
    Retrieved July, 4th, 2012, from