Las Encinas Recovery Center Philosophy
Aurora Behavioral Health’s Las Encinas Hospital offers comprehensive residential and intensive outpatient addiction treatment services to chemically dependent individuals struggling with substance abuse. Services provided include assessment and detoxification, individualized treatment planning, individual and group therapy, family counseling, and life skills training featuring topics such as healthy coping, relaxation techniques, stress management, and assertiveness. Aftercare services are provided upon discharge as needed.
Areas of Specialization
The Chemical Dependency Program offers medically monitored hospital inpatient detoxification. Continued treatment and rehabilitation is available through our residential treatment center and intensive outpatient programs.
The quality of the environment and the clinical staff is the foundation of our mental health treatment. Las Encinas Hospital’s treatment is provided in a warm and friendly environment by well-trained, highly motivated staff that takes pride in delivering quality care.
Meet the Staff
Daniel Thomas Suzuki, M.D.
Certifications: Psychiatry and Neurology
Specialties: Adult Psychiatry
Dr. Suzuki is the Medical Director of Aurora Las Encinas Hospital. He joined the medical staff of the hospital in 1988, and also is a partner at San Marino Psychiatric Associates in San Marino. Dr. Suzuki received his undergraduate degree at Stanford University, attended medical school at Northwestern University Medical School and completed his residency at the UCLA San Fernando Valley Program in Psychiatry. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the USC Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Suzuki was selected by his fellow physicians as a “Top Doc”, as published in the June 2009 edition of Pasadena Magazine.
Warren "Beau" Christenson, DO
Co-Director of Aurora Las Encinas Hospital Chemical Dependency Services
Board Certification: Adult Psychiatry
Dr. Christenson, affectionately known as “Dr. Beau”, is Co-Director of Aurora Las Encinas Hospital Chemical Dependency Services. He joined Las Encinas Hospital in 2011, after completion of an Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. Dr. Christenson’s academic career includes a Psychiatry Residency at University of Southern California. He has significant experience at the Houston/DeBakey Veterans Administration Hospital and the prestigious Menninger Clinic in Houston, Texas. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Touro University in Nevada and holds a B.S in Biology from Pacific Union College in Napa Valley, California.
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ABOUT LAS ENCINAS RECOVERY CENTER
Set on 27 acres in Pasadena, Calif., La Encinas Hospital provides residential and outpatient treatment for substance abuse issues, as well as being one of the state's 620 (54.9 percent) facilities with treatment tracks for co-occurring mental health disorders. The facility offers both voluntary and involuntary units, as well as providing amongst the only 28 (2.1 percent) on-site detoxification services in California.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
All clients undergo medical and psychiatric evaluations within 24 hours of admission. Participants of the residential program receive individualized treatment plans that feature four therapy groups a day, including psychoeducational, process, chemical dependency, and recreational activity groups.
The partial hospitalization (PHP) and intensive outpatient (IOP) programs are each designed as step-down options for those who’ve completed residential treatment and those unable to commit to residential treatment due to prior obligations. Most clients are scheduled to attend treatment three days a week.
Designed similarly to the PHP and IOP tracks, the Student Restore to Wellness Program offers outpatient services for college students facing bipolar/mood disorders, thought disorders, anxiety, substance abuse and dependence, self-harm behaviors, suicidal/homicidal ideations, or personality disorders.
Also unique to the hospital is itsspecialized track for LGBT clients, along with an extended care unit called the Briar Program. A year of free weekly aftercare groups is also available to program graduates.
Led by a psychiatrist and addictionologist, the treatment team includes licensed therapists, psychiatric nurses, clinical social workers, chemical dependency counselors, mental health workers, and recreational therapists.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The hospital’s website features images of a well-landscaped campus and modest shared bedrooms (private rooms are available at an extra fee). In total, the psychiatric hospital has 140 licensed beds (22 of which are designated for residential treatment).
Clients in the extended-stay Briar Program are encouraged to take advantage of the facility’s on-site swimming pool, tennis court, and fitness room.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The nine alumni who provided feedback to Rehabs.com to date shared extremely mixed to negative experiences here. One alum, T.S., gave the facility a four-star rating for level of staff support, but two stars for exercise opportunities and just one star for holistic offerings. “The facility has undergone ownership and Dr. changes affecting patient care,” he added.
Another alum, who chose to remain anonymous, had a more critical view of the hospital. They provided one-star ratings for holistic offerings and the level of staff support, commenting, “Had classes twice a day. Rest of the time you just sat around talking, smoking cigarettes.” This alum also expressed concern with the treatment program in general complaining that it was “not individualized” and that there was “no one on one.”
Another former client expressed concerns for medication mismanagement and the center's inability to account for other medical conditions, and reviewer Robert simply wrote “Gross!”
A few, more positive reviews, noted that treatment was effective. Former client D.M. considered, "I have read the reviews on this site and it sounds like a lot has changed since I was here."
Feedback on Yelp at the time of this writing was similarly critical, with 74 users producing a low average rating of two out of five stars. "The staff allow abuse and participate in it themselves," C.D. wrote in a comment that was echoed by several other users.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Response from five friends and family members is similarly negative. One reviewer celebrated the “location, attractiveness and comfort” of the facility, but claimed that their loved one was overmedicated while in treatment. When surveyed if they would recommend the facility, they gave a lukewarm three-star rating, but also noted feeling “disappointed in the outcome” for their family member.
Another reviewer shared their family’s disappointment with the treatment their loved one received. “We were extremely dissatisfied with virtually all aspects of her hospitalization,” J.S.D. explained to Rehabs.com. “The nurses at Las Encinas were typically too busy to talk to us... There were no sessions to ty to help her particular problems, and she never met with a psychologist.”
A parent shared a story about poor communication within the facility and badly run discharge procedures. Another simply commented, "Do not leave your love one there they are horrible."
Loved ones reported similarly negative experiences on Google, where the center was given a 2.7-star rating based on 48 reviews to date. Critical commentary noted poor supervision, poor living conditions, and mishandled discharge procedures.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Cindy, an employee of Las Encinas Hospital, indicated in her Rehabs.com that she’d recommend the facility for its complete continuum of care and compassionate staff; however, she also noted that the doctors are often overloaded with patients and that the program does not focus on the 12-Steps.
On Glassdoor at the time of this writing, 21 current and former employees produced a 2.7-star average rating. Short-staffing was the predominant criticism noted.
There is currently no information provided on the hospital’s website or otherwise regarding its treatment costs. It does accept Medicaid (accepted at 35.2 percent of California facilities), Medicare (accepted at 20.8 percent of), and most private insurance plans.
Published on December 2018
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