Our Programs in Marin

RESIDENTIAL SUPPORT SERVICES (RSS) offers 24- hour care in homelike settings for clients who need longterm support, at sites throughout Marin County.

MARIN ASSISTED INDEPENDENT LIVING (MAIL) helps clients live independently in the community, either individually or in congregate households. Staff provide a variety of supportive mental health services to assist clients in maintaining their living situation.

The SUPPORTED HOUSING COMPONENT assists clients who live in homes or apartments rented by Buckelew Programs. Supported housing clients benefit from daily, intensive services that enable them to live in congregate settings semi-independently.

BUCKELEW EMPLOYMENT SERVICES (BES) is a comprehensive program designed to assist people in securing and maintaining employment. Services include pre-employment counseling, vocational training, job development, placement, and job coaching. BES is a vocational rehabilitation service designed to assist people with persistent mental illness to work in the community as independently as possible. It offers a comprehensive approach to securing and maintaining employment. Our training services have proven helpful for people who have never worked, who are uncertain about returning to work, and/or who wish to improve particular skills before seeking new employment. Program participants receive paid training in a self-selected venue learning valuable work skills. Then they are taught job preparation skills such as resume writing, job searching strategies, and interviewing skills. Upon job placement, clients are further buoyed with on-site or off-site retention support, and/or job coaching, as needed.


Buckelew currently  provides employment services to adults with mental illness in Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino counties.

For information on BEST, please contact Dave Ohman (415) 456-9350 or DaveO@buckelew.org or fax (415) 456-1508.
BES can accept clients directly; a referral from the county Mental Health Department is not necessary. To qualify you must be a Marin resident, be 18 years or older and have a mental illness. All interested may attend an optional free orientation meeting held at noon, every Tuesday, located at 555 Northgate Drive,, Suite 200, in San Rafael.

At CASA RENE, those in need of short term residential mental health services find a calm and comforting place to get well. Buckelew staff offers counseling, medication support and therapeutic activities in a home-like setting, for up to 30 days. For more information, call (415) 457-6964.

THE HELEN VINE RECOVERY CENTER, which became a part of Buckelew Programs in April 2011, is a licensed 26-bed co-ed residential detoxification program located at 301 Smith Ranch Road in San Rafael that provides welcoming, recovery-oriented services to individuals with alcohol and drug addiction issues, as well as co-occurring psychiatric problems.  Helen Vine Center's services integrate well with Buckelew’s other innovative behavioral health programs.  Not only does Helen Vine give people with drug or alcohol problems--including those that have a mental illness--a chance to begin their recovery, they can also find support, acceptance and hope through individualized programs including counseling, education about alcohol and drug addiction, 12-step meetings, medical services, wellness and  life care tools, relapse prevention and community mentors.

FAMILY SERVICE AGENCY OF MARIN joined with Buckelew Programs in 2012. Family Service Agency (FSA) of Marin provides affordable and accessible behavioral and mental health services to children, adults and families. Through every stage of life from pregnancy and childhood to adolescence, adulthood and into the elder years, FSA therapists, counselors and advocates help in times of crisis and transition. FSA has Marin County’s most comprehensive child and family trauma services and also specializes in addiction recovery services. FSA also operates the county’s only 24/7 Suicide Prevention and Crisis Hotline. Our goal is to strengthen individuals of all ages, and families of all cultures.