Recovery Starship (Casa D)


1760 South Lewis Road
Camarillo, California  93102
805-987-2367 FAX

Telecare Camarillo Administration Building
1756 South Lewis Road
Camarillo, California  
(805) 383-3669

About Recovery Starship

Recovery Starship - Casa D is a licensed social rehabilitation facility with a maximum time stay of 18 months (our average length of stay is nine to 12 months). We are part of a campus of programs operated by Telecare Corporation. Our program uses Telecare's Recovery Centered Clinical System (RCCS) approach. This approach to delivering mental health services is designed to awaken hope and recovery, rather than control symptoms and behaviors. We believe that recovery involves living a meaningful life with the capacity to love and be loved. Our program provides mental health and substance abuse services to 15 individuals at a time. Each member enjoys the privacy of a single room. We are currently operating as an abstinent based program. Our members are required to attend, and participate in, 30 hours of meaningful activity each week. All admissions to our program require prior approval from Ventura County Behavioral Health (VCBH), as they need to be enrolled with their team.

Just the Basics

Beds: 15
Population Served: Adults ages 18-59 with serious mental illness
Funded by: Ventura County Behavioral Health

Recovery Model

This program follows Telecare’s Recovery-Centered Clinical System (RCCS), an innovative recovery framework that incorporates the latest research and evidence-based practices. RCCS emphasizes doing no harm and supporting and enlivening recovery. The recovery model incorporates such approaches as motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), harm reduction, and other consumer-centered therapeutic interventions.

Services and Supports

Services include, but are not limited to:

  • Residential and treatment services
  • Psycho education groups
  • Independent living (e.g. money mgt, community reintegration)
  • Outings and other recreational activities or special events
  • Medication assistance
  • Symptom management and medical appointment assistance
  • Substance abuse and addictive behavior education and support

Office Hours

  • 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
  • Crisis: Crisis options available include on-call staff and the VCBH crisis team, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As well, our program director is on-call.

Referral Process

Our program receives referrals from all community and county providers in Ventura. We do require that members are enrolled with the VCBH team prior to admission. The majority of referrals go through Ventura County's COC (continuum of care) meeting, at which local providers discuss the best plan of action for each individual.

Admission Criteria

We are a voluntary program (not locked), meaning that potential members agree with our program policies and treatment structure before making the decision to come to the program. The members must have had no recent history of significant violence and should be able to administer medication independently (with staff monitoring). We also require that our members are ambulatory - Brighter Tomorrows is ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) approved and medical assisted devices are permitted.

Admissions to our program must be adults, ages 18 and older, or TAY, ages 18-24, and must first be approved by VCBH. The VCBH team provides some of the case management services to our members. Therefore, all members accepted to our program must be open to the county prior to, or upon, admission.

Contacting A Family Member

There are telephones located in the office and kitchen of our program that the members readily have access to at all times (we also have a cordless phone available when the main phone is in use). Friends and loved ones are encouraged to stay in contact with the staff/program director via email (in addition to phone calls and in person meetings). We also encourage family and friends to visit with their loved ones in person whenever possible (we do not have set visiting hours, we are not a locked facility, and thus, members can visit any time essentially). As a campus, bi-monthly family meetings are scheduled as a way to provide friends and family with general information about our program.

What Makes Us Different

At Brighter Tomorrows we serve individuals with a serious and persistent mental illness who have been faced with multiple acute psychiatric hospital admissions. In addition to this, we are staffed with a substance abuse specialist who facilitates groups 7 days a week and works with members on an individual basis to address those who struggle with substance abuse and other addictive behaviors. Our program has been known to work with individuals who have presented as a real challenge in terms of having continued difficulty residing in a community setting. We work collaboratively with the Ventura County Behavioral Health team, as well as with the court system (i.e. probation officers).

We celebrate and support our members at Brighter Tomorrows, having regular family meetings (campus wide and individually at each program) and campus-wide barbecues. We recognize cultural holidays, such as Martin Luther King Day, Cinco de Mayo, etc. In addition, we have regularly scheduled groups and staff schedule outings on a weekly basis (beach walks, museums, personal needs, etc).

Monthly, our members nominate and vote for a citizen of the month; a peer who stood out to them for whatever reason. This person is recognized during group, gets their name engraved on a plaque that hangs in the casa dining room, and is taken to lunch out.

The goal of Program ABC is to develop skills and supports needed to live more independently in the community.

About Telecare

Telecare is a family- and employee-owned company that has been treating individuals with serious mental illness since 1965. We specialize in innovative, outcomes-driven services for high-risk individuals with complex needs. Our programs are recovery-focused and clinically effective and are designed in partnership with local, county, state and other behavioral health organizations.