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.

Program Philosophy


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)
Merced Ranch (Capacity 8, License #247200747)
Wake Forest (Capacity 6, License #247203412)


Brandi Boehme, STRTP Program Director
Joni Green, Mental Health Director    
STRTP Administrators:
Monica Alexander- Berkeley Lodge/ Tuolumne Inn
Dawn Lee- Berkeley Cottage/
Bear Creek
Aaron Holloway- Merced Ranch/
Wake Forest  
Heads of Service:
Kim Lewis- Berkeley Lodge/
Tuolumne Inn
Katrina Narsi- Berkeley Cottage
Elsa Alvarez- Merced Ranch/
Wake Forest
Veronica Ramirez- Bear Creek 
Intake Coordinator:
Gladys Ramirez
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