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Issue: 11
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Taking Suicide Seriously

SuicideThis month marks a very important day to many in the mental health world;  professionals, clients and families. The 17th of November marks the annual International Suicide Survivor's day, a day that is meant to serve as an empowering symbol to all those who have survived an encounter with suicide, as well as those who may be contemplating it.


Suicide and contemplation is a serious problem that affects millions of people each year. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that it is the 13th leading cause of death worldwide and the National Safety Council rates it sixth in the United States.  It is a leading cause of death among teenagers and adults under 35. Not only does suicide extinguish the life of the individual who commits suicide, but it affects family and friends who know that individual. Often times those who are left behind can become the victims as well; a spouse who now has to raise children by his or her self, a child who is lacking an important figure in their lives and many other similar situations. The worst part of it is, suicide is often preventable and can occur because of a buildup of strong momentary stressors in a person's life. This is one of the reasons why days such as International Suicide Survivor's day are so important in the field of mental health, they remind people, professionals and those suffering alike, that suicide doesn't have to be the end of a story; it can be the beginning.


Here at Sovereign Health, we believe that making sure that we understand our patients' relationship to suicide and to the factors that underlie suicidal behavior. To this end, Sovereign Health, under a recommendation from the Joint Commission, has decided to adopt a new approach to suicide screening. Recently Sovereign Health has adopted a new, positive method for screening for suicidal tendencies and behavior, using the Reasons for Living Scale (RLS), developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD. Dr. Linehan, who has had a vast and deep career in dealing with Borderline Personality Disorder and Suicide, developed the RLS as a means to see what positive factors a client may or may not have to mitigate suicidal behaviors. The RLS asks clients about their desire to live, family relationship, spiritual beliefs and many other factors that affect suicidal behavior. Not simply relying on the old method of identifying past suicidal thoughts and attempts, Sovereign Health hopes to take a broader perspective on suicide that will not only help our clinical team, but the clients as well realize what strengths and support they may have in fighting off suicidality. 


Please visit Sovereign Health's website to learn more about our treatment programs for Dual Diagnosis, Addiction, Primary Mental Health, and Eating Disorders conditions.

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Meet Our Staff
Staff: John D. Tobias

Title: Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor - II




John D. Tobias is the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor - II (CADC - II) for Sovereign Health. He received his Bachelors Degree in Journalism at the University of Wisconsin and continued on to receiving his Masters of Science Counseling at the National Louis University in Chicago, Illinois. John is currently a board member of Recovery Beyond Borders, who provide assistance to developing countries in their alcohol and drug treatment efforts. He is especially well versed in the 12-step recovery and has considerable experience as a member of the multi-disciplinary therapeutic treatment teams. John has extensive experience within his field and before coming to Sovereign, he accumulated over 20 years of experience in the field of addiction counseling. We are proud to have John Tobias as a member of Sovereign Health's team, and we know that his experience in counseling will help provide our clients with the necessary tools towards a positive recovery.


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Outcomes Research Program


San Clemente, CA (PRWEB) November 21, 2012


Sovereign Health is proud to announce its Outcomes Research Program, a program with the goal of creating true individualized treatment upon the admission of each patient. Sovereign Health, a leader in the field of addiction medicine and dual diagnosis treatment, constantly strives to provide the best possible care for clients and for that reason has developed the Outcomes Research Program. Understanding a client's psychological and cognitive functioning is imperative to the success of his or her treatment and the implementation of this treatment tool will be vital to long-term recovery, sustained mental health and cognitive functioning.


By encouraging the treatment of both psychological and cognitive rehabilitation from the very moment a client arrives at Sovereign Health, each individual receives the highest quality care and is set up for success from the very beginning of the treatment program. Individuals suffering from multiple symptoms or illnesses can benefit even more with the Outcomes Program in helping to determine how to best individualize care in these important circumstances. From someone dealing with a marijuana addiction to a person requiring meth treatment, the Outcomes Program can be a valuable tool in the road to recovery. (READ MORE)

Holiday 1 
Holiday Networking Luncheons


Orange County Networking and CE Presentation

Date: Thursday, December 12th, 2012
Time: 11:30-1:30pm

Sovereign Health Welcomes Audrey Grider presenting on

"Stress Reduction and Art Therapy"

Earn 1 Free C.E.


Course meets the qualifications for 1 hour of continuing education credit for MFT's, LPCC's, LEP's, and/or LCSW's required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences

Provide Number- PCE5216   


Location: 209 Avenida Fabricante, Suite 100
San Clemente, CA 92627 

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Los Angeles Networking Luncheon


Date: Thursday, December 13th, 2012 
Time: 11:30-1pm
 Networking Luncheon Only

Location: 6167 Bristol Parkway
Culver City, CA 90230 


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Questions/RSVPs: Marissa Katrin Maldonado

(909) 827-1516

We are currently looking for presenters/speakers on hot topics in the Mental Health/Addiction/Eating Disorders for presentation networking events in 2013.   Please contact Marissa Maldonado at 909-827-1516 or to discuss.

Alumni Spotlight 
Mental Health treatment - Brianna Story
Mental Health treatment
Brianna's Story-  Brianna has been to series of painful events in the past and was referred to Sovereign Health of California by another treatment center. She talks about her behavioral problems and how she got them under control by going through therapy sessions, groups and through counseling. She explains in detail her experience with Sovereign Health. She found it very useful when she started applying those real life tools that she learned during her treatment.
Using Health Insurance

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 need and deserve. Sovereign 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 the deductible or out of pocket expenses, we are willing to work with each person individually with the resources available to make it work. 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. 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 Accept and Direct Bill Insurance".

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Admission Information

Admissions Process

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

Sovereign Health of California specializes in providing holistic and evidence-based clinical treatment, focusing on the person as a whole.  Conditions, including mental health, dual diagnoses, and eating disorders, are treated simultaneously and with equal care in our specialized treatment centers.  A clinical model of healing the physical, mental, and emotional is used to treat our patients. 

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

Treatment Locations
San Clemente, Culver City
Toll Free: (866) 819-2948
Front Desk: (949) 369-1300
Fax: (949) 276-5183
In This Issue
Taking Suicide Seriously
Like Us on Facebook
Meet Our Staff
Outcomes Research Program
Holiday Networking Luncheons
Alumni Spotlight
Using Health Insurance
Admission Information
Company Summary
 Corporate Address:
Sovereign Health Group
209 Avenida Fabricante
San Clemente, California 92672

Treatment Locations:
San Clemente
Culver City

Toll Free
(866) 819-2948

Front Desk
(949) 369-1300
(949) 276-5183
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Sovereign Health Group
Our Locations: San Clemente - Culver City