Upcoming Events


A Better Day at Janus

Please join us for our free, bi-monthly open house event on Friday, March 16th. Enjoy a light breakfast while you learn more about the services, staff and treatment options offered at Janus of Santa Cruz.

Seating is limited. Please RSVP to andrea_gifford@janussc.org if you plan to come.




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Janus in the News

December 25, 2017 – Aptos Times – Dennis Kidd: New Board Member for Janus of Santa Cruz

Janus of Santa Cruz, the county’s leading provider of substance use disorder treatment services, announced the appointment of Dennis Kidd to the Janus Board of Directors. Mr. Kidd brings to the board over thirty years of experience working in emergency public safety communications.

September 1, 2017 – Register Pajaronian – Escalante Named Janus CEO

Retired Capitola Police Chief Rudy Escalante has been named Janus of Santa Cruz’s new chief executive officer. Escalante replaces outgoing CEO, Rod Libbey, who recently retired after a highly successful, seven-year tenure at Janus.



March 24, 2017 – KION News – Santa Cruz Sobering Center Serves 1000th Client

Janus of Santa Cruz has just serviced its 1000th client at its alternative to jail center. The facility provides a safe alternative for people arrested for drunk in public offenses to avoid jail time and free up police resources.


DIgnity HealthFebruary 10, 2017 – Santa Cruz Sentinel – Dignity Health Dominican Hospital awards $170,000-plus to nonprofits

Dignity Health awarded Janus of Santa Cruz $40,000 for Project Unite, to foster an integrated approach to behavioral health and more efficient use of services through agency collaboration and coordination of care.


AR-161209867December 5, 2016 – Santa Cruz Sentinel – Santa Cruz Police Issue Overdose Antidote To Officers

Santa Cruz police began training officers on a nasal spray form of Narcan, a life-saving medication that can stop or reverse the effects of a heroin or opiate-based drug overdose.

trophyOctober 14, 2016 – Santa Cruz Sentinel – Janus Celebrates 40 Years Of Healing

Friday morning, more than 100 people from across the health care sector in Santa Cruz County came to the Seascape Golf Clubhouse to celebrate Janus’ 40th anniversary and honor seven people for their contributions.




February 18, 2016 – Santa Cruz Sentinel – Success story shared at Mental Health & Wellness Summit

At age 14, mental illness took over the life of Jose Bernabe. He went in and out of hospitals. When he was sent home, he felt sick and hopeless and turned to drugs.


prescriptiondrugsNovember 22, 2015 – Santa Cruz Sentinel – Grant aims to prevent prescription drug abuse in Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz County leaders have received a $60,000 grant to help prevent prescription drug abuse and provide more treatment options to people addicted to prescription drugs.



September 19, 2015 – Santa Cruz Sentinel – $150,000 awarded to focus on opioid prescribing, substance abuse, treatment in Santa Cruz County

The Health Improvement Partnership of Santa Cruz County has been awarded $150,000 for collaboration focusing on mental health, substance abuse and opioid prescribing guidelines.


Drug OverdoseAugust 31, 2015 – Santa Cruz Sentinel – Drug overdose prevention tips offered at Santa Cruz event

Santa Cruz County residents Monday learned some important tips to help prevent prescription drug overdoses, a killer that has widened its reach in the county in recent years.


December 16, 2014 – Santa Cruz Sentinel – Janus Partners with Swim Center

Swimming a few laps at Simpkins Family Swim Center can be a treat on a sunny day, but it also can be step toward long-term sobriety.

Recovery Starts Here

For four decades, Janus has provided compassionate and effective addiction treatment while guiding thousands of people toward wellness and recovery. We offer help, hope and results to individuals and families.