Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Sierra by the Sea to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Sierra by the Sea.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit

Mental Disorders on the Rise among College Students

When college students return home for winter break, many families are faced with more than the usual college concerns about grades, roommates and homesickness.

According to a study presented at the American Psychological Association annual meeting in 2010, the number of college students affected by a serious mental illness is on the rise.

The study centered on students who sought help through campus counseling services for suicidal thoughts, depression and other mental disorders.  It reported that the number of students who were diagnosed as suffering from depression rose from 34% in 1998 to 41% in 2009.  Even more significant was the rise in students taking prescription medication for a mental disorder, which rose from 11% to 24% in the same period.

The increase in college students with mental disorders may not be due solely to the pressures of college life.  The author of the study, John Guthman of Hofstra University, attributes the rise in mental disorders to an increase in the number of students with pre-existing mental health issues who are now enrolling in college.  Students suffering from attention deficit disorder, bipolar disorder and depression who in the past would have been unable to complete a higher education are now attending college with the help of prescription drugs.

Complicating the matter is the explosion in prescription drug abuse. An example is that many college students are abusing their Adderall  – even those students without any legitimate reason to have the drug.

The increase in the number of students with moderate to serious mental health issues is putting a strain on many college and university counseling services.  A survey by the American College Counseling Association (ACHC) found that 44% of students who visit campus counseling facilities have severe psychological disorders.  This number is up from 16% in 2000.  These students have histories that often include trauma, abuse, self-injurious behavior, anxiety, eating disorders and substance abuse.  For many college counselors who once dealt with less severe problems like self esteem, identity crises and romantic breakups, the onslaught of students with serious mental health issues is overwhelming.

These recent studies only pertain to students that seek help through campus counseling services.  Many students don’t seek help, feeling either too hopeless or attempting to deal with their mental health issues on their own.  An ACHC study of 133 recent campus suicides found that only 20 students had sought counseling help on campus.

Compounding the problems caused by the increase in students with mental health issues are ongoing budget cuts and economic pressures that are straining the counseling resources of many colleges and universities.

Click here to read more about co-occurring disorders.

Recovery is fueled by hope and courage and an exploration of the underlying factors such as trauma. Our treatment driven by compassionate and trauma-informed care provides the foundation of recovery and healing.

– Valerie M. Kading, DNP, MBA, MSN, PMHNP-BC, Chief Executive Officer
Marks of Quality Care
These accreditations are an official recognition of our dedication to providing treatment that exceeds the standards and best practices of quality care.
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)