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Central Star Community Services

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2140 Merced St
Ste 101
Fresno, CA 93721

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Central Star Community Services serve more than 20,000 children, youth and families annually throughout the state at more than two dozen program sites.

They employ more than 1,200 behavioral health workers including psychiatrists, psychologists and medical doctors, social workers, nurses, rehab therapists, counselors, teachers, aides, and a range of paraprofessional staff.

They offer over 43 specialized public mental health programs and a wide array of community-based support services in the following counties:

Los Angeles County
San Bernardino County
Riverside County
Fresno County
Santa Clara County
Alameda County
Stanislaus County
Sacramento County

They’re celebrating our 30th anniversary this year! They have gained many pearls of wisdom across the years to better partner with people for positive change (their motto.) A lot has happened since 1988! Their staff has grown to 1,300 employees, they’ve expanded to 43 programs through California, and for their 30th year, they plan to hire 500 more great people and open 10 more programs. They’re proud to serve over 20,000 children, youth and families annually.

Company History
In 1988, Mary Jane Gross founded MJ Gross and Associates as a mental health services consultation and management company.  The company managed several Institutes for the Mentally Disabled (IMDs) for other healthcare organizations. In the early 1990’s, they added their first program for adolescents, Harbor View Adolescent Center in Long Beach. 

In the mid-90’s, they opened the first programs independently owned and operated by their company.  They were three intensive treatment centers — Star View Adolescent Center, Oasis Rehabilitation Center, and Stars Adolescent Center.  The names reflect that in each county in which they operate, they have formed a separate agency with a unique name to emphasize its focus on being part of the network of care for its county.  In 2001, they discontinued providing services under management contracts and changed their parent company name to Stars Behavioral Health Group. 

In 1995, Star View Children and Family Services, Inc. (SVCFS) was incorporated as a 501 c 3 charitable non-profit organization to open and operate Star View Adolescent Center’s Group Home component (now the Star View Community Treatment Facility).  SVCFS has gone on to operate wraparound programs in Los Angeles and Santa Clara Counties, along with other social services programs.  Some of SVCFS’s programs are integrated with the mental health services provided by SBHG agencies.  

In the late 1990’s, they began offering an array of in-home and school-based outpatient services to support clients in transitioning from their facilities back into their communities. They now serve thousands of clients in community-based programs provided in homes, on school campuses and in partnership with other local agencies — including prevention and intensive services programs that are funded by the Mental Health Services Act.

Today they offer a full continuum of community- and facility-based behavioral health and social services programs, as well as special education nonpublic schools and the Stars Training Academy which provides clinical practices trainings throughout the USA and in other countries.  Intensive services include day treatment, crisis stabilization, crisis residential treatment, and acute and subacute inpatient treatment.  They provide their clinically sound services through contracts with county mental health, child welfare, and juvenile justice departments, as well as with public school districts.

In 2010, SBHG became an (ESOP) Employee Stock Ownership Program and is 100% owned by its employees.

Stars Behavioral Health Group is nationally accredited by The Joint Commission. As a Joint Commission organization, Stars Behavioral Health Group (SBHG) promotes a culture of safety and quality throughout the organization. Click here for more info or to report concerns to The Joint Commission.

Stars Behavioral Helath Group at trade show.
SBHG staff awarded for excellence.

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