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Outpatient Center of San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo - Outpatient Center - Substance Abuse - Mental Health

Mental Health, Substance Use and Co-Occuring Disorders

The Outpatient Center of San Luis Obispo has been dedicated to the most up-to-date, effective and dignified local treatment of mental health, substance use and co-occurring disorders since 1995.

Take the Next Step

For more information about COPE Intensive Outpatient Programs, or to schedule an assessment, call (805) 541-9113.

We offer a comprehensive range of structured services in an outpatient setting that allows the patient to remain at home and continue with work during treatment.

  • Free Initial Assessments

  • Intensive Outpatient Programs
  • Case Management

  • Family Involvement

  • Back to Work Programs

  • Women’s Groups

Our Approach to Care

  • Personalized - Our treatment plans support each person’s specific needs and include treatment modalities for co-occurring disorders to address both substance use and mental health.
  • Integrative - We take care of the body, mind and spirit.
  • Family-Oriented - We actively involve the family system as a unit of care.
  • Culturally Sensitive - Each patient is understood in the context of his or her background. Specialized programming is offered for women in recovery.
  • Community-Based - We are located in a modern office building close to downtown San Luis Obispo, three blocks from the main transit center.

Intensive Outpatient Mental Health Services

Based on the principle of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), the Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program provides skills-based group psychotherapy, family group psychotherapy, individual case management and daily structure, three hours per day, four days per week. Treatment includes psychotherapy, symptom management, education, monitoring of medication compliance and enhancement of the patient’s ability to engage in activities related to daily living.

Intensive Outpatient Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services

Our substance use disorders treatment program provides psychoeducation, group therapy and multi-family group therapy facilitated by licensed clinicians with specialized programs offered for women and dual-diagnosed patients. In addition to group therapy, our substance use disorder services are offered in the evening so that individuals can work while participating in treatment.

Back-to-Work Programs

We work closely with the Department of Transportation, professional licensing boards and Employee Assistance Programs to help ensure compliance with return-to-work requirements. Our ability to provide rehabilitation and treatment in an outpatient setting helps ensure a speedy return to the job for individuals who are required to undergo treatment.

Insurance and Payment Plans

The costs of psychiatry and addiction medicine programs are reimbursed by most individual and group insurance plans. Affordable private pay plans are also available to those without insurance coverage. We are a Medicare-approved provider.


About Cottage Health

Cottage Outpatient Center of San Luis Obispo is part of not-for-profit Cottage Health, which is comprised of three acute care hospitals in Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Santa Ynez. Cottage Outpatient Center is licensed by the State of California Department of Healthcare Services and accredited by the Joint Commission.

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