Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Irvine, and Newport Beach.
South Coast Behavioral Health of Southern California
Addiction treatment has evolved over time. South Coast Behavioral Health offers the latest, research-backed treatment approaches so our clients get the exceptional care they need to recover from substance abuse and maintain long-term sobriety. We are a nationally accredited, full-spectrum treatment community that includes:
- Clinically supervised residential sub-acute detox services
- Inpatient treatment
- Partial hospitalization
- Intensive outpatient programs
South Coast’s highly credentialed staff blend traditional and holistic therapies to create individualized treatment plans that consider each client’s clinical needs, physical and mental health, preferences, and life experiences. We offer gender-separate treatment in home-like settings with a small number of clients at a time. This can create a powerful treatment experience in a close-knit recovery community where clients feel accountable, seen, and supported.
Natalie Pflueger, MS, LCPC, CADC, NCC
Chief Operating Officer
Natalie Pflueger is the chief operating officer for South Coast Behavioral Health. She brings 15 years of diverse experience in behavioral health treatment to this leadership role with Aliya Health Group. Her background in treatment and management across the full spectrum of clinical populations, age groups, levels of care, and settings is invaluable as she oversees operations, manages multidisciplinary team members, nurtures organizational culture, and helps staff meet the diverse needs of our evolving client population.
Natalie’s career path has led her through several distinguished positions that include clinical, admissions, communications, and supervisory roles in behavioral health treatment for adolescents with substance use and eating disorders, adults and youth with high-acuity mental health diagnoses, hospice care patients and their loved ones, geriatric patients, and children in foster care, to name a few. Natalie earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Governors State University and a master’s degree in community mental health counseling from National Louis University. She is a certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor (CADC), a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC), a national certified counselor (NCC), and has completed training at the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) as well as a leadership seminar through the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCA).
Natalie holds great admiration and pride for the teams she builds and watching them grow, come together, and achieve the extraordinary. She credits the people in her life that took the time to love her unconditionally and saw something in her when she was not yet able, for her ability to feel hopeful for clients or staff who haven’t yet recognized the extent of their gifts and potential.
Kylee Briney, MBA
At the helm of South Coast Behavioral Health, Kylee Briney, MBA has served as executive director since 2020. Kylee has been working in mental health and substance abuse treatment for over six years. She earned a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in human resource management from Capella University. Kylee’s extensive background in management and human resources along with previous roles at addiction treatment centers serve her well in her position at SCBH, where she makes sure all aspects of administration, operations, and programming run smoothly, so clients receive the best care possible.
Kylee Briney is known for her head-on approach to management. She has an exceptional ability to problem solve with staff and encourage them to be their best. Kylee believes the way her team works together to draw on each individual’s unique strengths is what makes SCBH so amazing. She strives to foster a supportive environment for team members and clients, so they have an accepting, safe space to work and recover.
Kylee’s passion for her work stems from her own recovery journey and the life-changing experience of being in addiction treatment herself. When she isn’t working, she loves spending time with her husband and children or helping people reach their fitness goals as a personal trainer.
Maria Campos, LMFT
In her role as clinical director, Maria Campos mentors and develops South Coast’s treatment team and helps develop protocols and policies that enhance quality care and support. Maria holds a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. She has been working in the behavioral health field since 2014 and is trained in a number of specialties, including Seeking Safety, Crisis-Oriented Recovery Services (CORS), motivational interviewing, interpersonal therapy, and LGBTQIA addiction treatment. During her career, she has served in various roles, such as Clinical Supervisor, Clinical Director, Lead Therapist, Executive Clinical Liaison, Therapist Mentor, BHT Supervisor, and Referral Coordinator.
Maria Campos got into this work as a way of paying it forward. As an at-risk youth with a trauma history, she was given the opportunity to improve her life through therapy and discovered the power of choice. She finds it rewarding to help others see that they too have the power of choice in re-directing their lives. Maria is bilingual, and in her free time, she enjoys drawing, painting, and listening to audible books.
Abdull B. Khan, LVN
Director of Healthcare
Abdull B. Khan joined South Coast Behavioral Health in 2014. As our Director of Healthcare, Abdull works to strengthen all operational and medical services for inpatient and outpatient levels of care. This includes responsibilities like staff’s professional development, increasing client engagement, coordinating patient care, and managing the Healthcare Department, which consists of a combination of several different healthcare providers. Abdull is a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a registered nurse certification (RN). In the past, he has served in a variety of roles such as psych nurse, detox house manager, healthcare manager, and treatment authorization specialist.
What Abdull Khan likes most about his work is the opportunity to be part of a team with a common goal of helping individuals find their identity and witness and be a part of it. He sees this work as fulfilling and humbling. Abdull enjoys spending time with his son and family, playing cricket, trying new recipes, volunteering in his community, watching documentaries, and furthering his knowledge of various subjects.
Director of Inpatient Services
Joseph Pascua has over six years of experience in the behavioral health field and has held various positions in operations, clinical, and administration. Joseph has assisted a variety of client populations, including hospital patients, veterans, homeless communities, older adults, and individuals with severe mental illness.
Throughout his work, Joseph Pascua applies a generalist approach to treatment through the incorporation of a wide range of techniques and services. More specifically, his treatment methods include modalities of systems theory, client-centered/strengths-based theory, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), brief Intervention, Seeking Safety, and SMART Recovery. He graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a concentration in community mental health as well as a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in sociology.
Driven by compassion and empathy, Joseph believes that authentic connection and respecting the dignity and worth of every client are key to helping them overcome the disease of addiction. For this reason, he particularly enjoys working at an inpatient level of care when clients are oftentimes at their most vulnerable. As South Coast’s Director of Inpatient Services, Joseph Pascua provides compassionate care and support at a crucial time in the recovery process. His dedication is prevalent through the creation of a therapeutic, safe place in which clients can open up and be themselves.
Kelly McIntyre, MS, LMFT
Director of Outpatient Services
Kelly McIntyre joined South Coast Behavioral Health in 2019 and is the Director of Outpatient Services. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and EMDR trained by the EMDR Institute. In her current role, Kelly is the direct supervisor of South Coast’s therapists and oversees the day-to-day clinical and program needs for our outpatient program. She has also held roles at South Coast such as a clinical therapist, lead therapist, and inpatient clinical manager. Kelly McIntyre was drawn to this work because of her passion to help people on their journey to mental wellness. She believes nothing is more rewarding and sacred than watching clients grow, believes in themselves, and take pride in their accomplishments – often for the first time.
Prior to joining South Coast, Kelly was a behavior interventionist for LA and Orange County school districts, working with those on the spectrum and with emotional disturbance. She has also provided ABA in-home services. Kelly continues to work in private practice. In her free time, Kelly likes game nights with friends, being in the water, watching movies, spending time up the coast, and petting “all the dogs.”
Dr. Joe De Santo, MD
Dr. Joe De Santo has over 25 years of experience in addiction medicine and joined South Coast Behavioral Health as the Medical Director in 2021. He oversees our medical staff and develops detox protocols to ensure the safety and comfort of patients. Dr. De Santo is board certified in both internal medicine and addiction medicine. He specializes in detox and has worked with several addiction treatment centers, holding various titles and treating thousands of patients in residential and acute levels of care. He has also worked in private practice since 2012.
Dr. De Santo’s own recovery journey and the doctors that cared for him in treatment led him to this work. He saw an opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives who need a unique type of physician and treatment in the relatively new specialty of addiction medicine. The gratitude of his patients and knowing that their recovery helps the whole family begin healing from the disease of addiction is what he finds most rewarding about this work. In his free time, Joe De Santo enjoys traveling, spending time with family, hiking, golfing, biking, and practicing yoga and Transcendental Meditation. Sobriety is at the core of his life, and he protects it above all else. Dr. De Santo is an active participant in his 12-step community, sponsors other members, and attends meetings several times a week.
SCBH Program Philosophy
South Coast Behavioral Health provides a safe, accepting environment where people from all backgrounds and walks of life are welcome. Our practices in substance use and mental health treatment are based on compassion, integrity, and honesty. Grounded in the most recent scientific developments, we follow evidence-based techniques and pharmacological practices according to the guidelines offered by the American Psychiatric Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
South Coast presents an array of recovery support models and fellowships. We offer a selection of traditional therapies as well as holistic practices, such as yoga and meditation, to enrich our comprehensive approach. We also recognize that recovery from substance use and mental health disorders have certain aspects in common. Both are prone to relapse, especially early in the recovery process. Both areas of recovery must rely on a stable environment and a family and community support system. We encourage families and significant others to participate in the programs either individually or through family therapy.
South Coast Behavioral Health facilities are designed for people suffering from substance abuse and mental health disorders who seek in-depth therapy as an alternative to a hospital environment.
In working with thousands of clients, we’ve learned that many of them can benefit greatly from a non-restrictive outpatient environment. With a higher level of freedom the people in our care are able to maintain both work and school schedules, stay connected to loved ones, and are able to practice learned behavioral skills in the comfort of their own homes with full support from South Coast Behavioral Health’s professional staff. We offer a multitude of treatment options to give you the structure you need for your life.
While we recognize that many individuals struggle with psychological problems, our treatment focus is not only on the symptoms of your disorder but also on the underlying issues that may have impacted and exacerbated your current mental health and substance abuse dependency.
We specialize in providing personalized inpatient and outpatient treatment for people struggling with addiction and mental health issues. Our programs are designed to empower individuals to become self-aware and to provide them with a strong sense of emotional control as well as a feeling of overall wellness.
Our time-tested and experience-based mental health and substance abuse programs are designed to provide highly effective therapeutic support for restoring your overall wellness. Therapy at South Coast Behavioral Health is individualized to provide clinical support to meet your needs and goals in recovery.
We offer integrated treatment programs that prepare each client to move forward to a new and productive phase of their life. Our commitment is to assist our clients in developing carefully constructed “road maps” for healthier and more productive lives. Our clients leave our programs with a solid sense of their next goals and the resources to achieve them.
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Our Message to You
The decision to enter treatment can feel both relieving and overwhelming for you and for your loved ones. On one hand, you are finally taking that step toward freedom from substances and learning to manage the disease of addiction. On the other hand, you are taking the leap to address the underlying issues that have contributed to or resulted from your addiction. These often include mental health conditions, relationship problems, health concerns, and many other challenges. You are not alone in this experience.
Beginning with your first call to South Coast Behavioral Health to the day you walk out our doors, we’ll guide you step-by-step through your treatment journey. Should your loved ones have questions, they are invited to be a part of the journey right from the beginning if that is what you, as the client, want.
You and your loved ones can rest easy knowing that from inpatient through outpatient treatment, your recovery journey is staffed with licensed, credentialed, experienced professionals who provide compassionate care. All the members of South Coast Behavioral Health’s team are leaders in their respective fields, with expert credentials and experience in the treatment of emotional and biological conditions leading to issues with mental wellness and substance use.
Our mission is to provide care based on strong values of honesty, compassion, and evidence-based treatment methods, all within an atmosphere conducive to self-awareness, autonomy, and hope for lasting and complete recovery. Our team will be with you each step of the way, to answer your questions and help guide you in your recovery. If you or a loved one is struggling with substance use, please reach out.
South Coast Behavioral Health