Our Mission and History
Janus of Santa Cruz: Our mission and history
Janus of Santa Cruz was founded in 1976 by physician Dr. Robert G. O’Brient, who introduced a highly effective approach for treating alcoholism in a social model setting. That first modest facility has grown into one of the most respected substance abuse centers in central California, serving 2500 clients annually.
For more than 30 years, Janus has remained dedicated to its mission: to provide supportive, hope-inspiring and successful substance abuse services in a professional and compassionate environment, and to assist individuals and families on their journey toward wellness and recovery.
Growing with our community
In 1981, Janus became a private nonprofit organization, further highlighting our dedication to providing treatment that is affordable and available to anyone. We have continued to grow to meet the community’s needs, including the addition and expansion of a number of programs and facilities over past years.
1992: Addition of Janus Perinatal Program
(Mondanaro-Baskin Center for Women and Children)
1995: Addition of Relapse Prevention Treatment Program
1998: Expansion of Sober Living Homes
2004: Addition of Janus Community Clinic for Opiate Addiction
2008: Expansion into new facilities for the Perinatal Day Treatment
and Residential Programs
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