For more than four decades, Project Ninety, now a division of Caminar, has served individuals, families and the Bay Area community through its residential alcohol and substance abuse treatment services. What began in 1972 as a humble idea has grown into a premier human services organization with over 200 treatment beds. We are a California Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) licensed, nonprofit residential substance abuse treatment program with facilities in San Mateo County.
Through the years, Project Ninety has treated more than 27,000 individuals suffering from the disease of addiction. Project Ninety’s services are designed to treat the diverse communities in which we live. We provide services to adult men whose circumstances are varied. They might be homeless, highly educated/skilled, and straight from prison or jail, unemployable or have limited language skills. All these people have an addiction to substances in common, regardless of their socioeconomic standing, race, cultural background, education, age, or their life experience.
Is treatment cost effective? Research has shown that every dollar spent on substance abuse treatment saves seven dollars in other taxpayer-supported services. These tax-driven services include frequent emergency room visits, use of emergency responders, psychiatric services and jails/prisons — just to name a few. Statistics also indicate that approximately eleven million children in the United States live in homes where there is at least one parent that is a substance abuser.
Project Ninety, through its treatment, helps reduce the burden addiction has on the community. The community includes families, children, neighbors, and employers. To add perspective for those who support Project Ninety financially: a donation helps the community in both tangible and intangible ways that far exceed the actual monetary contribution. Treatment has a true exponential effect; research shows treatment can reduce domestic violence, truancy, traffic fatalities, crime, unwanted pregnancies, child abuse, HIV, and even heart disease.
Many come to Project Ninety without any family to speak of. Through the process of recovery, individuals learn that new relationships can be forged. These ties are often referred to as “new” family. Like the traditional family, these alliances are supportive, nurturing, and vital to success — be it in recovery, professionally, or spiritually. Project Ninety’s dedicated staff reflects diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds and includes bilingual employees. Attesting to the commitment of staff, about a third of Project Ninety’s employees have been with the agency for more than seven years. Many staff members are also recovering addicts themselves, putting into direct practice the concept of one addict helping another.
Project Ninety has been recognized both locally and around the state for its continued success and contribution to the community. In each of the counties where Project Ninety provides services it is recognized as being cost effective and highly successful.
Project Ninety’s name is based on a Twelve Step tradition of 90 meetings in 90 days. Research has shown that significant improvement in recovery happens at three months. Project Ninety is proud of its programs based on this concept, and of the impact they have not only on clients, but on families and the community as well.
As a division of Caminar, Project Ninety's programs are part of a robust continuum of prevention, treatment, and recovery services.