Creative Alternatives was founded to provide a safe and nurturing environment for troubled youth.
With over forty years of experience, Creative Alternatives continues to provide quality care in the Central Valley.
In addition to our STRTP program, our agency offers non-public schools, resource family homes, Transitional Housing Placement Plus Foster Care program, and Mental Health services. This wide array of services enables the agency to provide a continuity of care to the clients we serve.
Creative Alternatives operates multiple Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP) facilities and provides a nurturing and well-supervised environment for males and those that identify as male, ages 6 years to nonminor dependent. The children and nonminor dependents within the facilities are in need of therapeutic, culturally relevant services that our agency can provide.
All children deserve to be loved and afforded the right to emotional growth and stability.
The mission of Creative Alternatives is to deliver comprehensive therapeutic services in a nurturing environment to youth and young adults.
Our goal is to stabilize clients in placement and prepare them for permanency through reunification with biological family, adoption with an identified resource family, or emancipation and independent living in the community. .
Mental Health Services
Creative Alternatives Mental Health operates under contract in Merced and Stanislaus County and is funded by:
- Stanislaus County Behavioral Health and Recovery services (BHRS).
- Merced County BHRS.
- Santa Barbara County DSS/CPS.
- Tuolumne Behavioral Health Department.
Our STRTP Homes:
Stanislaus County Homes
Berkeley Cottage (Capacity 8, License #500305469)
Berkeley Lodge (Capacity 8, License #500308363)
Greenway Orchard (Capacity 8, License #500313263)
Tuolumne Inn (Capacity 8, Licensee #500311481)
Merced County Homes
Bear Creak (Capacity 6, License #247201359)
Harmony House (Capacity 6, License #247202591)
Merced Ranch (Capacity 8, License #247200747)
Wake Forest (Capacity 6, License #247203412)