Amber has worked as a Counselor, Discharge Case Manager, Admissions Director, Special Projects Manager, and Accreditation Specialist at Janus for over 17 years. As Chief Compliance Officer and Business Development Director at Janus, Amber was responsible for business relations, quality improvement and compliance for the organization. She is an active surveyor with the Commission of Accredited Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
In the role of CARF surveyor, Amber traveled around the country to provide consultation to other organizations that aspire to achieve the CARF gold standard of care for their clients. Amber holds a degree in Psychology with a sub-specialty in Substance Use Disorders and is currently working toward her MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Administration.
Stephanie has contributed positively to the health of the Santa Cruz community, working in both private and public health services in Santa Cruz County since 1989. She is a dedicated public health professional, focused on ensuring that accessible, high quality and effective healthcare services are available to all, so our community is thriving and healthy in mind, body and spirit. Stephanie’s experience includes over 6 years in operations leadership with Santa Cruz Community Health as well as an integral role in the design and planning of the 1500 Capitola Road Project, a state-of-the-art medical and behavioral health center bringing a shared campus with Dientes and MidPen Housing to Live Oak.
She has extensive experience working collaboratively with County health partners on initiatives aimed at strengthening systems of care for under-resourced, at-risk and vulnerable populations. Stephanie has been involved in program development and process improvement within community-based programs, serving individuals struggling with behavioral health challenges, chronic homelessness, substance use disorders, perinatal and pediatric care, and primary care for adults. With her passion and inherent skills in recognizing and improving system gaps, Stephanie plans to continue to expand and improve Janus’s behavioral health and SUD/AUD services for the Santa Cruz community and surrounding area.
Dr. Wasche earned his medical degree at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine before completing his residency at Natividad Medical Center.
Dr. Morris has been with Janus since October of 2003 and is certified to prescribe methadone and buprenorphine. Dr. Morris’ professional background covers many years of study and experience, including a two-year residency at Johns Hopkins and working in Puerto Rico and Jamaica. Dr. Morris enjoys working with the people at Janus, touting the collaborative approach to providing effective treatment.
Clinton is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is passionate about connecting with people in the community he lives in and sharing tools that are evidence based to support lasting change for patients. Clinton’s approach accounts for a patient’s humanity, identity, biology, spirituality, and resiliency. Having earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work, Clinton learned social work practice in community health clinics, veterans affairs, community housing, mental health, and hospice for the past 15 years.
Jessica Nichols is a lifelong Santa Cruz County resident who has dedicated her career to working in the field of Substance Use Disorder Treatment. Jessica has worked in various programs and treatment modalities throughout the County and has provided program management and oversight at many levels to local non-profit organizations. Jessica earned her Masters in Counseling in 2012 and became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in 2015. She believes in the ability of all people to make positive changes in their lives – one day at a time and one step at a time – using a trauma-informed and strength-based approach.
Under supervision and in collaboration with Medical Director Dr. William Morris, Nancy plans, directs and implements medical services across all Janus programs (Detox Unit, Residential Treatment, Perinatal, Residential Treatment, and Janus MAT Clinics). Nancy received her nursing degree in 2011 and began her career at Janus as a staff nurse in 2012.
Tony Farrell, a Janus alumni class of 1995, began working for Janus as a sub-contractor in 1996 and was hired as an employee for Janus in 1997. Tony began his career in the trades field in 1978 in Santa Clara County, working for property management companies and private parties. He made Santa Cruz County his home in 1981 and continued building and remodeling homes. In his role as Facilities Director at Janus, Tony works to assure compliance of our facilities with building and fire code standards for the State, City and County. He has successfully increased the Janus sober living homes from one to three over the years and works with landlords, County case workers and Janus counselors in providing our clients and the community with safe, sober housing for individuals in need. Tony has helped to expand Janus, working on the remodeling and building set-up of both North and South County MAT programs, the Perinatal Program, the former Sobering Center and, most recently, the expansion of our Residential program. Tony also works to support the day-to-day needs of our staff and clients with supplies, office needs and ongoing maintenance of our four facilities. Tony is affectionately referred to as MacGyver, when he needs to save the building from collapsing with just a bottle cap and a rubber band.