Oak Glen, Yucaipa, California
Benchmark is one of the oldest and best established young adult programs, at a time when young adult program are proliferating. It started out in 1993 to be a fairly small transition program for young adults, strongly influenced both by the Emotional Growth Movement and Twelve Step Recovery. When it started, it had leased space in an apartment complex, and an education center where Benchmark residents would spend much of their days -- until they were ready to interact more with the larger community around them.
Benchmark has always been growth oriented and well prepared to update as they learned from experience and from research. In its early days Benchmark did not provide psychotherapy from licensed clinicians, although Benchmark did from the very beginning help students and their families to connect with therapists in the surrounding community. That has progressed to a highly sophisticated continuum of service from the primary treatment through various stages of stepping down the level of restriction and programmatic intensity, generally covered by insurance.
Wildwood Canyon and Panorama Ridge are Benchmark's primary treatment facilities for students who need Primary Treatment services.
This program is also one of the most misunderstood. Too many referring professionals tell us that they think of Benchmark as only for lower functioning young people. We profoundly disagree. We do note that they have services appropriate to a person who does not plan on college education, but their mainstay is students clearly headed for higher education, and usually enrolling in local colleges while at Benchmark.
Last updated November 3, 2017