Crestwood Behavioral Health - history

our history

Headquartered in Sacramento, California, Crestwood Behavioral Health was founded in 1968 by James M. Dobbins, Sr. as Crestwood Hospitals Inc., a convalescent care provider. Over the years, Crestwood has evolved to become one of the state’s leading mental health care providers dedicated to offering a continuum of services that empower consumers to live and succeed in their communities.

Highlights of our operations over
the past 10 years include:

2008 Crestwood celebrates its 40th anniversary and opens its first Psychiatric Health Facility at the Crestwood Behavioral Health Center in Bakersfield.
2007 CBHI opens the first MHSA Wellness and Recovery Center in Solano County with sites in Vallejo, Dixon and Fairfield.  This program is operated by and for consumers using the Wellness Recovery Action Plan program, peer support and education. Also, Field of Dreams opens in June at the Solano Community College and serves 300 consumers in its first year. It is Crestwood’s first supported education program and the first program of its kind in California. In June 2007, Crestwood Center Sacramento opens an additional 9 bed unit to create the Dream House, a program for consumers working through Dreamcatchers while transitioning through the MHRC.
2006 CBHI operates 16 Northern California facilities with a total of 2030 licensed beds, as well as nine independent/transitional living homes with 138 licensed beds. Dreamcatchers receives its second 3-year accreditation and two “Exemplary Conformance” from CARF. CBHI also expands its new three-year accreditation to three additional MHRC programs in Pleasant Hill, Sacramento and Vallejo, and five Adult Residential Facilities. Crestwood Manor Fremont contracts with San Francisco to provide a first of its kind chronic inebriate sobriety treatment program. CBHI & Dreamcatchers combine and are awarded a contract from Solano County to develop a Wellness and Recovery Mental Health System. Lynn Gurko, Crestwood’s Director of Recovery Services, is appointed to the California Mental Health Planning Council. Patty Blum presents on Stigma at the World Congress of Psychosocial Rehabilitation in Athens, Greece.
2005 Crestwood Manor in Modesto adopts a recovery-based program with a certified trainer. CARF-accredited CBHI programs transition over 75% of consumers served to community-based programs. CBHI establishes a corporate code of ethics in CARF-certified facilities to show commitment to prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse, fiscal mismanagement and misappropriation of funds. Recovery Taskforce Committee is established. San Bernardino County contracts with CBHI for services. With the signing of the contract, Crestwood has contracts with 50 of California’s 58 counties. Sacramento Center is licensed as a 90-bed MHRC, the first multi-stakeholder MHRC to be licensed in California.
2004 Crestwood Manor in Modesto builds a Snack Shack canteen and enhances the quality of program staff and teams. Crestwood Pleasant Hill opens the Bridge Program, a twenty-bed residential program with a mental health contract for enhanced day treatment. CBHI opens the Crestwood Rehabilitation and Recovery Center, a 99-bed MHRC at the Vallejo campus on Oddstad. CBHI’s website goes live. CBHI re-institutes the corporate newsletter, Crestwood Touch for distribution to a broader audience. Redding Treatment Center opens Crestwood’s first full crisis residential program in partnership with Shasta County on the grounds of the closed Shasta County PHF. Engle House opens on the American River campus, with both transitional and crisis residential beds.
2003 CHBI contracts with Mental Health Outcomes, Inc. to develop outcomes reporting tools for the facilities. These Outcomes reports result in the creation of the Outcomes Development Team, consisting of executives, home office staff, and facility administrators, to review corporate policies and procedures as well as to review and implement company-wide initiatives. Redding Treatment Center opens 26-bed Special Treatment Center, a homelike community reentry program focused on the building of strengths necessary for community success. CBHI receives a national three-year accreditation (the longest available) from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for Mental Health Rehabilitation Centers in Angwin, Bakersfield, Eureka and Solano, as well as Dreamcatchers and the corporate office. CBHI opens Pleasant Hill MHRC, the first consumer-written program to be licensed in California.
2002 Dr. Gordon Giles becomes Clinical Director of Idylwood, and other Bay Area counties become involved with the center. The center’s 18 beds have quickly expanded to 120. Subsequently, related specialty medical programming has taken over the remaining 55 beds. CBHI acquires the Sunbridge Nursing Home in Pleasant Hill and begins collaborating with the county to reopen the facility as a multi-program campus starting with an unlocked MHRC. CBHI joins Business for Social Responsibility.
2001 CBHI opens the Eureka Bridge Program. Dreamcatchers receives a second commendation from the Solano Mayors’ Committee for the Employment of Disabled.
2000 Dreamcatchers Empowerment Network is created and certified by the State of California. It is the first vocational rehabilitation program affiliated with a mental health rehabilitation center. Learn more  CBHI acquires Idylwood Care Center in Sunnyvale. At the CTC-Neurobehavioral Program in Fremont, Lillian Fong and Gordon Giles begin to develop a neurobehavioral unit. Idylwood Care Center’s Facility Administrator, Franco Diamond, opens an 18- bed neurobehavioral unit to serve San Francisco’s clients and reduce their dependency on the state hospital system. CBHI opens the Bakersfield Bridge, a licensed and certified residential program. Dreamcatchers receives a commendation from the Solano Mayors’ Committee for the Employment of Disabled.
1999 CBHI re-acquires American River (formerly Crestwood Manor Carmichael), the first MHRC in California, licensed in 1995. CBHI acquires the Fruitridge Transitional Home, which becomes the company’s first community residential program. Bakersfield becomes the fourth Crestwood-licensed MHRC with 64 beds.
1998 Crestwood Solano opens the First Day Treatment program, which is Medi-Cal-certified by San Mateo County and serves Solano, Contra Costa and San Mateo. CBHI initiates partnership with Humboldt County to develop a MHRC. Eureka becomes the third Crestwood-licensed MHRC with 64 beds.
1997 CBHI becomes operational as the leader in behavioral healthcare in California with one MHRC and eight SNF/STP programs. The Crestwood Center in Angwin, serving the Napa Valley, is licensed as a MHRC.