Mission & History

For 40 years, Janus has remained dedicated to its mission: to provide supportive, hope-inspiring and successful addiction treatment services in a professional and compassionate environment while assisting individuals and families on their journey toward wellness and recovery.

Janus of Santa Cruz was founded in 1976 by physician Dr. Robert G. O’Brient, who introduced a highly effective approach for treating alcoholism in a social model setting. In 1981, Janus became a private nonprofit organization and has continued to add, expand and improve programs over the years. Currently, Janus offers quality programs that treat over 2,500 clients annually using the full continuum of care for substance use disorder (SUD) and co-occurring disorder treatment including detoxification, inpatient and outpatient treatment, perinatal services, DUI education, medication assisted treatment, behavioral health services, and supervised Sober Living Environment (SLE) housing.

Some key milestones:

milestone1992
In 1992, Janus launched the Janus Perinatal Program with financial support from the Mondanaro and Baskin families. This is the only residential program for pregnant and post-partum women and their children in Santa Cruz County.


milestone1998In 1998, Janus recognized the need for more safe and sober housing for people leaving treatment and began opening Sober Living Environments (SLE). Janus now operates three SLEs with a capacity for 36 men and women who have a place to live following treatment, where they can practice and be supported in sober living.


milestone2004In 2004, the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency asked Janus to take over the County’s only methadone Clinic. With Janus leadership, the Clinic was soon serving a full census of 330 patients and was successfully serving a critical and largely unmet need in the community. Strong program outcomes coupled with effective fiscal management set the stage for deeper community impact. In 2013, a second Clinic was opened in Watsonville for 125 patients. Buprenorphine and Vivitrol were added as medications to assist patients in managing their addiction.


milestone2006In 2006 Janus received CARF accreditation for the Methadone Clinic and in 2010 for the Residential and Perinatal Treatment Programs. CARF accreditation insures that people entering our programs will receive the highest level of safe and successful care guided by the most recent effective treatment methodologies. Currently, Janus is the only non-profit CARF accredited program in Santa Cruz County.

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Santa Cruz, California

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Santa Cruz, CA 95062

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Watsonville, CA 95076

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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.