Amity Foundation - Vista Ranch

2260 Watson Way, Vista, California, 92083



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Founded in 1969, the Amity Foundation is a nonprofit organization that offers treatment to men, women, and families dealing with addiction at four locations in Arizona, California, and New Mexico. The Vista Ranch location in San Diego, Calif., exclusively treats male parolees through residential substance misuse treatment. The foundation also offers educational programming, community outreach, and collaborates with global organizations to offer expanded opportunities to clients. In California, Vista Ranch is among the 39.9 percent of facilities to offer specialized programming for criminal justice clients.


Vista Ranch adheres to therapeutic community model of recovery, which emphasizes peer support and accountability to promote recovery. Treatment consists of group and individual therapy as well as gender-specific programming.

At Vista Ranch, the foundation’s oldest residential community, clients participate in continuing education and workshops to develop tools for “personal growth and change,” according to the organization's website. According to a 2005 article in the San Diego Union-Tribune, men participate in roughly eight hours of daily counseling and educational classes.

Though no further information is provided by the organization regarding treatment, the single individual polled by to date, gave high ratings to all relevant categories, including holistic offerings and counseling options. Vista Ranch is among the 52.3 percent of California facilities to offer specialized programming for men.


All Amity Foundation treatment centers are certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF-certified facilities comprise 27.9 percent of treatment facilities in California, according to a 2017 SAMHSA survey. Though no information regarding treatment staff is provided by Amity, the single individual polled by to date rated the staff support five out of five stars.


Photographs on Amity's website indicated that Vista Ranch includes a two-storied building with a balcony and a brick patio with bushes surrounding it. According to the organization's website, Amity Foundation treats each campus as a community and describes the community at Vista Ranch as “teaching and therapeutic.” Vista Ranch also has areas available for hosting family and friends.


Though no alumni have responded to a poll to date, alumni reviews on third-party sites were mostly positive. On Facebook, Vista Ranch received an average 4.4 out of five-star rating based on eight alumni reviews.[1] In addition, two alumni on Google gave the facility two five-star ratings and one alum gave the facility a four-star rating. [2] Reviews tended to praise the effectiveness of treatment as well as the level of staff support. “The staff really care for the students,” Anthony wrote in a representative review on Facebook.


The single loved one polled by to date gave a highly positive review and indicated that they would recommend Amity Foundation. In particular, the anonymous reviewer complimented the facility’s “reinforcement approach, behavioral economics, and holistic addiction treatment.” The loved one gave four- and five-star ratings to all metrics evaluated, including holistic offerings, cleanliness of the facility, and family involvement.


While has not yet received any reviews from this facility’s former or current staff members, over forty reviewers on third-party review sites gave mostly positive feedback regarding aspects directly relating to clientele. (Reviewers were not necessarily specific to the Vista Ranch location). On Indeed, an anonymous staff member wrote "Great concept of Therapeutic Community and proven help to the students enrolled in the program," in a representative review.[3] Reviews on Glassdoor echoed this sentiment.[4] "Amity goes far, far beyond requirements to help students through tough times and issues," wrote an anonymous staff member.


The facility doesn’t publish financial details on its website. However, a 2005 article from the San Diego Union-Tribune indicated that the state paid $72 dollars per day for each man at the facility. Amity Foundation accepts donations.


According to the same San Diego-Union Tribune article, a six-month stay at Vista Ranch costs the state roughly $13,000, while it cost the state roughly $15,000 to house an inmate for the same amount of time, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

In addition, according to a 1998 study, 27.4 percent of clients who completed Amity's treatment returned to prison within three years after release, compared with a recidivism rate of 75.1 for those who did not receive treatment.

[2] Google Reviews

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    A great implementation of the community reinforcement approach, behavioral economics, and holistic addiction treatment

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