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Program Mission and General Information
The Genesis House, Inc. was founded in May of 1972. The initial formation of the organization was based on the idea of providing a re-entry program for other residential treatment program graduates. By 1974 it became apparent that treatment services were needed and the program secured federal funding through the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) to provide long term treatment. This continues to be the programs primary purpose today.
At present, the program has four facilities, located adjacent to each other, in the semi-rural out-skirts of Vallejo. We provide long term residential treatment to men and women who require a complete life-style and environmental change. We offer twenty-four care in a highly structured drug, alcohol and tobacco free residential treatment setting aimed at assisting clients in becoming totally abstinent and self-supporting. We make use of treatment concepts, such as image building, self reliance training, decision making, peer pressure, one to one counseling, group therapy, and frequent individual evaluations.
Each client is required to work their way through a series of three developmental phases, each designed to augment the individuals personal and emotional growth. The later phases of the program emphasize career guidance, vocational and educational rehabilitative services by offering after-care and sober living phases to assist individuals in readjusting to the community. The major goal of the program is to graduate rehabilitated, independent individuals who have gained the necessary emotional stability and maturity in order to become productive, self-reliant members of society.


The clients we serve are individuals needing long-term, residential treatment. These individuals are those, who because of their negative lifestyle and their abuse of drugs, such as: heroin, amphetamines, cocaine, alcohol, barbiturates, etc., need to establish within themselves a new emotional structure in order to deal with life on a realistic level. In essence, the target population includes individuals whose behavior and/or chronic substance abuse has caused them to alienate themselves from society and induce pain and hardship on their families and friends.
Clients may be voluntarily or involuntarily, i.e., any county agency may refer clients to the facility, clients may be sent to us as a condition of parole or probation, or may come in on their own violation. The Genesis House is not a locked facility.


Three licensed facilities – 45 beds, (31 treatment and 14 sober living). The primary function is to provide 9-11 months of residential treatment in a highly structured atmosphere for substance abusers. The facility may function as an alternative to jail but not as a half-way house and is for abstinence treatment only. The program provides services via individual client treatment plans, intensive group experiences, and one to one counseling. Strong program emphasis is placed on client growth from program dependence to personal independence. Development and implementation of vocational or educational plans are carefully staged in both the After-Care and Sober Living components.


The facility is a self-sufficient community; cooking and maintenance is performed by clients. Coming and going is controlled by established house policy. The location is in the city of Vallejo, in the semi-rural outskirts of town, in a mixed lower income neighborhood. The Genesis House is not a locked facility.


Staffing consists of:

1 Executive Director 1 Clinical Director 1 Fiscal Officer

1 Admin. Assistant 5 Counselors 1 Job Coordinator


A.M. 7:00 – 8:00 Wake-up & Breakfast, 8:00 – 9:00 Clean Up, 9:00 – 10:00 House Business Meeting, 10:00 – 12:00 Groups Including; discussions of essays & concepts, relaxation, etc, P.M. 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch & Clean-up, 1:00 – 3:00 House Meeting/Group Activities – Physical Activities, 3:00 – 5:00 Free Time, 5:00 – 6:30 Dinner & Clean-up, 8:00 – 10:00 Evening Groups or organized free time.


The components of the treatment process are; phase requirements, individual client treatment plans, therapeutic activities, program responsibilities and evaluations. It is through active involvement and participation on a daily basis that clients learn or relearn while doing.


Phase requirements are designed to help clients examine, clarify, accept and change those characteristics, both in behavior and attitude, which lead to their involvement with drugs and/or alcohol. There are three treatment phases, each a minimum of 90 days.
Requirements in the first phase of treatment center upon “telling one’s story”, self disclosure and acknowledgement of events which lead to admission. The middle phase further clarifies individual social and psychological problems and explores new more effective coping behaviors and strategies. The last phase allows individuals to practice successful strategies and provide opportunities for both increased responsibility and establishing a consistent pattern of new behaviors.


Therapeutic activities are designed to help individuals see and accept themselves in an honest and realistic light. The primary form of therapy used is confrontational in nature, it stresses here and now behavior, it encourages individuals to take responsibility and action as a means toward positive change. Clients who enter treatment are exposed to a number of “workshops” in preparation for the “group activity”, our most intensive group.
Other therapeutic approaches which are incorporated into a daily activity structure include; gestalt therapy, psycho-drama, role playing, feedback groups, brief therapy, AA & NA, recreation/physical exercise and family outings. Additionally each client is assigned to a counselor, together they develop an Individual Client Treatment Plan (ICTP) that addresses drug choice, medical problems, legal matters, family issues, psycho-social problem areas and vocational/educational needs.


Phase evaluations occur at the conclusion of each treatment phase. Evaluation committees, made up of peers and staff, help determine where an individual should be within the phase progression of the program. These intense sessions give clients an opportunity to honestly critique their progress in recovery and the Genesis House treatment process.


Philosophically the Genesis House has always held honestly and responsibility as cornerstones to recovery. Developing honesty both toward self and others is accomplished primarily through the use of therapeutic activities and daily interaction. Responsibility, although stressed strongly in activities, is practiced daily in the form if in-house clean up responsibilities and mastery of daily living skills. As clients enter treatment they are assigned the clean up area of dishwasher, as more clients are admitted individuals move up to other responsibilities, e.g. cook, living room, bathroom, plants & animals, vehicles, etc.
Eventually clients find themselves in a position that involves greater responsibility and a more pivotal role in running the house. Such positions include; Tribeleader, a client in charge of the family and activities, Tribeleader Secretary, a client who assists the Tribeleader especially in documentation, the Kitchen Coordinator(s) who works with a crew of four clients to plan and prepare meals and supervise clean up of the kitchen, and the Industrial Therapy (I.T.) Coordinator whose responsibility includes assuring the entire house is maintained in a clean and orderly fashion.
The Genesis House is a self help program; structure, support, feedback and a safe, drug-free environment are provided – individual change is strongly dependent upon the client’s motivation, desire and a willingness to learn. Completion of the treatment process is one of the most difficult yet significant undertakings one can experience in life.


  1. No use of any chemicals, including alcohol, while in the program.

  1. No acts or threats of physical violence, possession of any weapon on program property is prohibited.

  1. No intimate sexual relations or over association with any “family” member or staff member of the same or opposite sex.

  1. No use of any tobacco products.

  1. No borrowing, trading or stealing. Borrowing allowed with staff approval.

  1. No association with known or suspected addicts, including family member who use.

  1. No “contracts” or “stashes”. Contracts are agreements between two or more individuals to cover-up negative behavior.

  1. No one leaves the house or grounds without being redundant to Staff, F.C.C., or Tribeleader and without signing out and delegating his/her responsibilities.

  1. No one may enter the F.C.C. Office without staff permission. Do not enter the office without first knocking!!!

  1. No use of kitchen facilities without staff permission.

  1. Everyone must be up at 7:00 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday and on the main floor by 7:15 a.m., Thursday, Saturday and Sunday wake-up time is 8:00 a.m.

  1. Personal radios & the house TV can be used on Thursdays and Sundays between 1:00 p.m. & 11:30 p.m., other days between 6:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. with staff approval only.

  1. Everyone is responsible for his or her clean-up position 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. NO EXCEPTIONS !!!



  1. All residents, with the exception of staff & sober living graduates, are to be up at 7:00 a.m. and at the main house by 7:15 a.m. Monday through Friday. On Thursdays and Sundays clients will be expected to be at the main house by 9:15 a.m. and on Saturday by 8:15 a.m.. All clients must be in bed by 11:30 p.m. except on Wednesday and Saturday when bed time will be 12:30 a.m.

  2. All clients will have clean- up responsibilities (I.T.) assigned by the I.T. Coordinator.

  3. House and individual living quarters must be clean at all times.

  4. All clean-up activities will follow the main house schedule.

  5. All After Care and Sober Living clients must be home by 11:00 p.m. Monday through Sunday whether at the main house, Blue House or the Eastwood House. You must receive staff approval for exceptions to this rule and must check in with Staff-on upon your return.

If there is any doubt as to what you can or cannot do, check with a staff member or a member of the Family Coordinating Committee (F.C.C.).


  1. Visiting days and hours at the Genesis House, Inc. will be as follows;

    1. Visiting Days: The first and third Sunday of each month.

    2. Visiting Hours: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  1. Each client who receives visits will be allowed no more than four (4) individuals

during each visiting day. Four individuals means no more than four people including children. (Example: Two adults and two children equals four people.) Requests for an exception to this limit can be made but must be approved by staff prior to the visit occurring.

  1. All visitors will be screened as to current substance use and packages brought into

the facility will be subject to search.

  1. All visitors who bring children are expected to supervise those children while on

program property.
5. All visits for any family member will only be permitted in the main house living

room, the day room or the outside patio –NO EXCEPTIONS!!!

  1. Once visitors are here, have been screened, and then leave – they will not be allowed to return until the next scheduled visiting day.

Visitors may bring food for clients but type and quantity should be limited to something that is reasonable. Visitors are encouraged to contact staff prior to visiting for clarification.


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday…… 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.. Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday……1:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m..

  1. Fifteen (15) minutes is the maximum time permitted on each phone conversation.

  2. All residents must make staff-on aware of the time “on” and the time “off” the phone.

  3. All phone calls must be answered by a staff member or F.C.C. member.

  4. Clients are allowed to make only two phone calls and receive and receive two calls per day.

Note phase I privileges are restrictive, see Phase I Requirements (page 10)

REMEMBER: Be considerate, courteous and take messages !!!


  1. All passes and money requests must be turned into the F.C.C. Office by 12:00 midnight Wednesday for processing.

  2. No passes on “group activity” night. No passes on national holidays.

  3. No one may take passes on consecutive days. No one may support on consecutive days or take a pass and support the following day.

  4. Any family member receiving excessive “bookings” may lose pass privileges at discretion of clinical staff.

  5. All individuals, Phase Two through After-Care, must be briefed before leaving and debriefed upon their return by a staff member.

  6. All program responsibilities must be delegated prior to leaving on any pass and Saturday passes must be cleared with the Job-Coordinator.


  1. Available pass time Monday, Tuesday, & Friday is from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. four(4) hours ONLY- NO EXCEPTIONS!!!

  2. Available pass time on Thursday is from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

  3. Available pass time on Saturday is from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  4. Available pass time on Sunday is from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

  5. With staff permission, travel time may be permitted on weekends ONLY.

  6. Graduates should be in by 11 P.M. Sunday through Thursday, and by 12 midnight on Friday and Saturday. Any exceptions to this rule can only be made with prior staff approval (Clinical Director, Re-Entry Counselor or Executive Director).


Phase One 90 Days

No Passes.
Phase Two 90 Days

Two 8 hour structured passes supported.

Two 6 hour structured passes supported.
Two 4 hour structured passes supported.
Phase Three 90 Days

One 24 hour structured pass supported.

One 8 hour structured pass supported.
Two 6 hour structured passes supported.

Three 4 hour structured passes unsupported (can only be taken after support essay is written and signed by Clinical Director).


Two 24 hour structured passes unsupported.

Two 8 hour passes unstructured & unsupported.
Four 6 hour passes unstructured & unsupported.
Unlimited 4 hour passes.


Unlimited passes – 48 hours maximum time permitted away from the program at any one time. The exception will be an unusual circumstance and you must have prior approval of the Clinical Director before leaving the program.

The following pages outline, in detail, requirements for each phase. Requirements for each phase must be completed before an evaluation can occur or clients can advance to the next higher phase.


Minimum of 90 days.

No passes, 1 phone call per week (out-going only) after 30 days in phase, subject to assigned counselor approval. Visits and mail privileges allowed after 60 days in phase, subject to assigned counselor approval. Must submit written request for phone, mail and visiting privileges for approval.

Remain neat and clean at all times.

No make-up for women.

No jewelry for men or women.

Hair cut and clean shaven for men.

  1. One thousand word autobiography due in ten days, to be read in essay group (must be signed off).

  2. Personal Collage from day one of your life to present, to be explained during A.M. Business Meeting and to be signed off before evaluation into Phase II.

  3. Know all program concepts such as: Encapsulation – Importance of Being Truthful – Self-worth – Seeking and Assuming – Responsibility – Emotional Growth – Mother Lovers – Masks.

  4. Make 1 copy of the following: House Rules – Visitor, Pass and Phone Policies – Group Sheet (rules, policies & techniques). Understand the Family History. Understand Family Confidentially. Due within 28 days of program admission prior to request for approval of communication privileges.

  5. To keep a Daily Diary of 50 to 100 words on any thoughts, feelings or changes you went through during the day.

  6. Required to observe and participate in all activities after two weeks in phase.

  7. Five Hundred word essay on “My Short Term Goals” to be read in essay group (must be signed off).

  8. Assist or lead in one light weight encounter.

At the end of the phase you are required to write a 1000 word self-evaluation and hand it in the night before your evaluation date.


Minimum of 90 days.
Remain neat and clean at all times.

Women may wear make-up and jewelry.

Mustache and/or beard allowed for men (must have written permission first).

  1. Write and lead two self-structured concept groups, one must be on support (keep a get down sheet).

  2. Every thirty days, develop two self-commitments and complete all six by the end of the phase (must be signed off).

  3. Lead one activity explaining Family Confidentially to be done in a discussion group activity.

  4. Assist or lead one medium weight encounter group.

  5. Five Hundred word essay on “The Mother Lover That Best Describes Me,” then explain how you used it for 2 minutes in AM/BM (must be signed off each time).

  6. One Thousand word essay on “What I Gained From Soul Searching” due within 60 days of entry into the phase to be read in essay group (must be signed off).

  7. Five hundred word essay on “My Concept of a Family Member” (must be signed off).

At the end of the phase you are required to write a 1000 word self-evaluation and hand it in the night before your evaluation date.


Minimum of 90 days.

Remain neat and clean at all times.

  1. Participate in one or one speaking engagements with community groups.

  2. Lead one discussion group on “The Problems and Rewards of Being a Role Model”.

  3. List of behavioral and attitude changes you have worked on since admission – due at the end of this phase.

  4. Written statement of “Things I Need to Get Done in After-Care” – due at the end of this phase (to be read and signed off by Counselor).

  5. Upon entry into Phase III, clients will be eligible to support on passes provided a 750 word essay on “Support” has been read and approved by the Clinical Director.

  6. One Thousand word essay on “My Progress So Far” or “What I Will Always Need to Work On” due within 45 days if entry into this phase, (to be read and signed off by Counselor).

  7. Attendance of AA or NA meetings whenever possible.

  8. Five Hundred word essay on “What the Family Means to Me” – due on the day of graduation.

  9. Notify appropriate authorities, In writing, of upcoming status change upon entry into phase.

  10. You must write at least two letters to individuals who assisted you in getting into treatment, this may include friends, relatives, attorneys, probation or parole officers, judges or anyone else you feel played a role in your recovery.


Remain neat and clean at all times.

May seek employment after 30 days in phase.

Weekly progress report to the Family – Two minute talk at your convenience (signed off by Tribeleader).
Work plans for returning to the community such as:

  1. Develop a resume and include in it the following information; (a) Personal data, (b) Educational record, (c) drug involvement, (d) Personal history, (e) Job plans and direction (goals).

  2. List of needs such as: (a) Transportation, (b) Clothing, Tools, etc., (c) Union dues, (d) Vocational – Educational Training, (e) Monthly budget.

  3. Three alternatives of each of the following: (a) Living arrangements, (b) Jobs and leisure time activities.

  4. Letters of reference for employment.

  5. Research all possible sources of financial support for school or job training.

  6. Obtain – if needed: (a) Drivers License (b) Other certificates needed for school or work.

Five hundred word essay on “Why I Can’t Go Back to My Old Environment” due in 50 days (to be read and signed off).

Attend graduate/sober living group meeting every Saturday evening.

Attend AA or NA meeting at least twice per week.



  1. To reinforce the concepts learned while in the program and to solidify the behavioral changes that have been made.

  2. Provide a positive environment that socially and conceptually reinforces the development of a self sufficient, drug free life.

  3. To meet the temporary needs of individuals who are seeking full time employment, having transportation problems, living arrangement problems, etc.

  4. To provide temporary living arrangements for individuals enrolled in academic or trade schools.

***All decisions involving any individuals additional stay will be determined by the Executive Director, Program Director, Clinical Director and/or Re-Entry Counselor on a case-by-case basis.


Phase length – maximum of 1 year from date of graduation.

*Follow all program rules.

Remain chemically free. Maintain full-time employment.

*Finalize school, transportation and community living arrangement plans. Develop supportive ties with community agencies.

*Required to attend at least two AA/NA meetings in the community per week.

*May be required to perform additional program support duties.

Forty-eight (48) hours consecutively is the maximum time permitted away form the program at any one time. The only exception to this will be an unusual circumstance and you must have the approval to the Executive Director or Clinical Director before leaving. All other passes will be available on an unlimited basis. A minimal fee will be charged for room and board – based on income.


By Mail: We answer all correspondence in writing, usually within 2 or 3 days of receipt. Our Mailing Address is:

1149 Warren Avenue

Vallejo, CA 94591

By Phone: All phones are answered by real people – no machines or voice mail or phone menus.

For Information on Admission or Referral to other programs call our 24 hour Hotline at (707) 557-3165.
For Administration call (707) 552-5295 during normal business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
For our Community Jobs Project and other fund raising campaigns call (707) 642-8634, 7 days a week.
By Computer: We may also be contacted by e-mail at:, we check our e-mail twice a day and will reply as soon as is possible.
Other useful web sites for information on drug and alcohol addiction are:
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration National Institute on Drug Abuse

California Dept. of Alcohol and Drug Programs

The Admission Process:
If you are a Solano County resident the admission process is a two or three step process. Two steps if you are not on probation or parole, three if you are on probation or parole.
If you are not on probation or parole:

  1. Call our Hotline at (707) 557-3165 to schedule a face to face interview. The interview will be at our facility and takes approximately 45 minutes. The purpose of the interview is to determine whether or not you are acceptable and appropriate for the service we offer. There is no charge for the interview. If you are not appropriate or acceptable we will refer you to a program that may better serve your treatment needs. If you are acceptable we will place you on our waiting list.

  1. At the conclusion of our interview we will contact the Solano County Behavioral Health Assessment Team (BHAT) to schedule an appointment for another assessment by the county. A BHAT assessor will interview you and use the Addiction Severity Index and the Level of Care Utilization Survey to determine the most appropriate treatment setting for you. The recommended treatment may or may not include participation in the Genesis House, if not another referral will be made. If the assessor agrees that Genesis House is the most appropriate treatment option you can be admitted or placed on our waiting list.

  1. If you are on probation and/or parole we will need a referral from your probation officer or parole agent. In addition your case will be reviewed by the Probation Placement Committee or by the Bay Area Services Network case manager.

If you are not a Solano County resident you may be considered for our program but only as a private pay client. Fees are based upon ability to pay, the minimum fee required is $750.00 per month. A face to face interview is required to determine if you are appropriate and acceptable and if admitted fees are due in advance.

Every situation has a unique twist, we are willing to work with prospective clients and assist in anyway we can.

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