History of Buckelew

Founded in Marin County in 1970, today Buckelew Programs encompasses a combined 137 years of experience serving the North Bay, including the rich history of Family Service Agency of Marin and Helen Vine Recovery Center, two critical Marin resources that merged with Buckelew Programs in recent years.

Some highlights of our combined history:

• 1970: Buckelew Programs is founded as Buckelew Farms , Marin’s first community-based 24-hour facility serving local residents with a mental illness. The name came from Thomas Buckelew, an early settler and Spanish land grantee on whose tract the house sat.
• 1975: Buckelew begins a long period of significant expansion in developing supported housing in Marin County.
• 1986: Buckelew Employment Services (BES) begins to provide vocational counseling and job training to clients, later expanding to include evidence-based supported employment and social enterprises.
• 1994: Buckelew expands services to Napa County
• 1999: Buckelew expands services to Sonoma County
• 2011: Buckelew adds The Helen Vine Recovery Center* to its continuum of services
• 2012: FSA Marin** merges with Buckelew Programs. The merger creates the leading behavioral health organization in the North Bay, providing a full, integrated continuum of mental health and addiction treatment for people across their entire lifespan, from early childhood through aging services, and across the range of needs from serious mental illness to life transitions and personal growth. 

Family Service Agency of Marin**
• 1945: USO-Traveler’s Aid Unit created to meet the emergency needs of the thousands of war workers in the Marin City shipyards during World War II becomes Family Service Agency of Marin (FSA)
• 1967: FSA founds the Institute of the Family, providing research, studies and education to therapists learning the new skills emerging from the family therapy movement. FSA becomes one of the first agencies in the United States to provide family therapy.
• 1990: Pregnancy to Parenthood Family Center merges with FSA
• 1996: Suicide Prevention & Community Counseling merges with FSA
• 2000 – 2005: FSA acts as a leader in establishing the Jeanette Prandi Children’s Center, a one-stop center for examining and interviewing abused children
• 2012: FSA becomes a division of Buckelew Programs 

Helen Vine Recovery Center*
• 1999: The Helen Vine Detox Center opens with 12 beds in 3 converted tractor trailers on Silveira Ranch in San Rafael, after a coalition of parents, citizens and members of the faith community advocated to stop transporting those in need of detoxification from alcohol or drugs to out-of-county facilities. Helen Vine was named after the daughter of two of those parents, Diana and Peter Vine. Their 25-year-old daughter died of a heroin overdose, due in part because she could find no treatment center that could address her dual diagnosis of bipolar disorder and drug addiction.
• 2003: The renovation of an adjacent building at Silveira Ranch allows the center to expand to its current size, 26 beds.
• 2011: Helen Vine Detox merges with Buckelew Programs and is renamed Helen Vine Recovery Center
• 2017: Helen Vine Recovery Center breaks ground to build a new facility down the street from its current location