Behavioral Health

Our Mission: "Partner with individuals, families and the community for recovery from serious mental health and substance abuse issues and to promote wellness, resiliency and hope."

Behavioral Health provides services for individuals in crisis, for youth, for adults and for alcohol and drug treatment.  Services are provided in Chico, Paradise, Oroville, Gridley and rural communities. We are here to Help.

Stepping Stones Perinatal Program

Stepping Stones Perinatal ProgramThe Perinatal Program is an outpatient program that offers alcohol and drug treatment to women who are pregnant or are parenting children.

The program provides comprehensive, strength-based, family centered treatment for mothers seeking recovery from addiction. Stepping Stones is guided by a philosophy that embraces hope, respect and support; empowering women to transform their lives and become healthy role-models for their families and their community.

Call for services: 530.538.4359

Treatment Admission

“Due to the unique risks associated with pregnant IV users, Stepping Stones gives treatment priority to these individuals. The Stepping Stones Perinatal Program gives preference to treatment as follows:
    1) Pregnant injecting drug users;
    2) Pregnant substance abusers;
    3) Injecting drug users; and
    4) All others.”

Interim Services

“In the event that an individuals is not admitted within 48 hours, these interim services are available until the individual is admitted to treatment:
    • Counseling and Education about
         o HIV,
         o TB,
         o Risks of needle-sharing,
         o Risks of STD transmission to partners and infants and steps to prevent transmission.
    • For pregnant women, interim services also include counseling on the effects of alcohol and drug use on the fetus and referral to prenatal care.”

Program Activities

Through partnerships with other agencies, our program offers group and individual counseling and education about a variety of health-related topics. Mothers are taught life skills and work through family and home issues in a supportive group setting. 

Participants take an active role in the treatment process and learn effective parenting without the dependence of alcohol or drugs. 

Groups and Therapy Sessions

  • Alcohol and drug education · Relapse prevention
  • Treatment planning/case management 
  • Crisis counseling

Other Services are provided in addition to Matrix-Model, Nurturing Parenting and Seeking Safety Curriculum:

  • Women-specific issues
  • Comprehensive case management
  • Cooperative child care
  • Transportation
  • Parenting skills building
  • Health education
  • Child development education
  • Linkages to medical and HIV/TB testing and counseling, education, job skills and other services

Program Structure

Intake, Assessment, Opening

Maximum 12 weeks. 2 days per week, 2 hrs. each day.

Intensive Outpatient (IOP) Groups

  • IOP 1:  Minimum 3 months, 3 days per week, 3 hrs. each day.
  • IOP 2:  Minimum 3 months, 2 days per week, 3 hrs. each day.

Outpatient (OP) Groups

  • OP 1:  Minimum 3 months, 2 days per week, 2 hrs. each day.
  • OP 2:  Minimum 3 months, 1 day per week, 2 hrs. each day.

Continuing Care Group

Minimum 3 months, 1 time per week, 2 hrs. each day. This group is a mandatory part of both the IOP and OP groups.

Stepping-Out Group

Meets 1 day per month for 2 hours. Program duration is minimum of 12 months.

Program Results

Approximately 71 percent of babies born to women in perinatal treatment programs test negative for alcohol or other drug exposure. These results are essential to ending the intergenerational cycle of abuse and addiction.

For women and children attending perinatal programs:

  • successful treatment outcomes increase with the length of time in treatment.
  • therapeutic services for children results in fewer school drop-outs, less truancy, and reduced juvenile delinquency.
  • child/mother reunifications increase.
  • involvement with child welfare services and length of time children spend in foster placement decrease.



2167 Montgomery Street
Oroville, CA 95965

Fax: 530.538.6674

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 Contact BHD

Behavioral Health Crisis Lines
24 hours a day / 7 days a week
800.334.6622, or

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1.800.273.TALK (8255)

Veterans Crisis Line
1.800.273.8255 (press 1)  

Friendship Line (older adults)

Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ+)

North Valley Talk Line

4:30pm to 9:30pm / 7 days a week

 Locations & Hours

Butte County Behavioral Health Administration
3217 Cohasset Rd
Chico, CA 95973
Monday – Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm

Excludes Holidays
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 Get Started

Call the Behavioral Health Access Line at 530.891.2810 to get started.

During the phone conversation we will ask whether your needs are urgent and what type of help you are looking for.

See the three steps for getting started.