Success Stories

Meet Ricardo

Ricardo came to MCSTART after having experienced child abuse and domestic violence. He had anxiety and trauma disorders. MCSTART provided parent-child attachment therapies and he is now improving academically, behaviorally and socially.

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Say hello to Olivia

Olivia was referred to MCSTART due to being exposed to methamphetamine in-utero and domestic violence. She was in an unsafe home and her parents were unable to meet her basic needs. There were delays with Olivia’s gross motor skills and she could not crawl or walk. She received occupational therapy and dyadic therapy. Olivia’s gross motor skills have improved and she can now run into the arms of her foster parents.

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Get to know Mikey

Mikey was diagnosed at four months old with Downs Syndrome and exposure to drugs and alcohol prenatally. He had visual problems, low muscle tone and weakness, and developmental delays. Mikey could not tolerate being touched, feeding and bathing. After interdisciplinary treatment with MCSTART he has overcome his challenges and is now an active and loving toddler.

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What We Do

Each year over 3,000 children in Monterey County experience child abuse and neglect and another 800 infants are prenatally exposed to alcohol or other drugs. With early intervention, they have a greater chance for a normal life, which is why Door to Hope in partnership with Monterey County Children’s Behavioral Health created Monterey County Screening Team for Assessment, Referral and Treatment clinic (MCSTART).

Our team is trained in this highly specialized area, providing unique knowledge, support and services. MCSTART provides children with comprehensive medical, cognitive, behavioral, social, emotional and educational development assessment and treatment.

Together,
We Can Make
the Difference
of a Lifetime

 

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The Services We Provide

  • Developmental Screening
  • Specialty-Focused Medical Assessment and Care
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Dyadic Therapy
  • Attachment Therapy
    • Theraplay®
    • Circle of Security
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Sensory Integration Therapy
  • Parent Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT)
  • Parents as Teachers
  • Family Support Services
  • Education
  • Case Management Services

Meet Our Team

Chris Shannon

Executive Director

Dana Edgull,
LCSW

Unit Manager

Carolina Cortez,
LMFT

Senior Clinical Director

Edgar Castellanos,
MD, MPH

Medical Director

Christa Balch,
MD

Physician

Esther Castellanos,
PA-C, PT

Physicians Assistant

Suzanne Beals Battaglia,
Psy.D

Clinical Psychologist

Victoria Singer,
PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Nancy Krogseng-Adams,
Psy.D

Clinical Psychologist

Walda Kung-Singleton,
PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Korey E. Keyton,
Psy.D

Clinical Psychologist

Deborah Rounsville,
OTR

Occupational Therapist

Lena Allen,
LCSW

Clinical Supervisor

Relindez Diaz,
LMFT

Early Intervention Supervisor

Hope Griffin-Ortiz,
LCSW

Psychiatric Social Worker

Bernice Estrada,
LMFT

Psychiatric Social Worker

Brenda Corona,
MFT-I

Therapist

Aracely Avalos,
MFT-I

Therapist

L’Shanna Klein,
MA

PAT Coordinator

Ami B. Villa

Development Manager

Diana Upton

Parent Educator

Sandra Dominguez

Parent Educator

Jennifer Neilson,
LPCC-I

Parent Educator

Cristina Sotelo

Parent Educator

Carmen Rosales

Case Manager

Christina Coyt

Case Manager

Nicholas Dryden,
MA

Case Manager

Noel Teixeira

Case Manager

Pearl Martinez

Administrative Assistant

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Upcoming Events

Jun
6

Introduction to SPARK

Time: 5:30 – 8:30pm

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Successfully Parenting At-Risk Kids (SPARK). You’ll need a lot of extra know-how and skill to care for a child/pre-teen with HIV or prenatal alcohol or drug addiction. In this series, you’ll gain knowledge and confidence as you learn more about these children’s specific needs. After successful completion of this training, additional supports are available from Monterey County.

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Jun
13

Parenting the Trauma-Exposed Teen

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

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Successfully Parenting At-Risk Kids (SPARK). You’ll need a lot of extra know-how and skill to care for a child/pre-teen with HIV or prenatal alcohol or drug addiction. In this series, you’ll gain knowledge and confidence as you learn more about these children’s specific needs. After successful completion of this training, additional supports are available from Monterey County.

Register

Jun
24

Family Fun Day / Parents as Teachers Celebration

Time: 11am – 1pm

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Please join DOOR TO HOPE & ACTION COUNCIL for a day full of fun activities! Wheelie Mobilee will be joining. Food will be provided as well as a free book for all children 5 years and younger.

For questions regarding this event, please contact L’Shanna Klein or Maria Ramirez at (831)751-9660 or you can email: Lshannak@doortohope.org or mariapatprogram@actioncouncil.org

Hope to see you there!

We would like to give special thanks to First 5 Monterey County and My Musuem for their support.

News

the californian – Former 49er Shares Story of Recovery

Before Dennis Brown was a Super Bowl champion, he had his personal demons. For him, he said, drugs and alcohol were the “medicine” that helped him mask reality…

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Door To Hope Expands Into New Larger Space In Salinas For Specialized Programs

Door to Hope continues its expansion and will relocate three of their programs to better accommodate its families….

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the californian – Door to Hope Assists Families in Need

When you hear “Door to Hope,” you may think of the Tudor house called Hayward Home where women stay while they recover from drug and alcohol abuse…

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addiction professional – Improve the Client’s Parenting 

Much has been written in recent years about “client-centered” substance use disorder treatment. This approach…

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addiction professional – Comprehensive Care for At-Risk Children

Monterey County, Calif., is the site of an innovative collaboration between trauma- informed behavioral health organization Door to Hope and the county child welfare system…

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Contact

We’re Located At

130 Church Street
Salinas, CA 93901

60 W. Market Street
Suite #140
Salinas, CA 93901

Call

831-755-8155

Fax

831-422-9411