About Us

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.

South Coast Behavioral Health, Costa Mesa CA License and Certification number 300313LP. Effective date 06/01/2022 Expiration date 05/31/2024

Certified by the State Department of Health Care Services.

Kylee Briney, MBA

Executive Director

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’s 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.

Kelly McIntyre

Kelly McIntyre, MS, LMFT

Director of Outpatient Services

Kelly 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 clinical therapist, lead therapist, and inpatient clinical manager. 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.

Kelly 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, believe in themselves, and take pride in their accomplishments – often for the first time. In her free time, Kelly likes game night with friends, being in the water, watching movies, spending time up the coast, and petting “all the dogs.”

Dr. Joe DeSanto, MD

Medical Director

Dr. DeSanto 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. DeSanto 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. DeSanto’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, Dr. DeSanto 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. DeSanto is an active participant in his 12-step community, sponsors other members, and attends meetings several times a week.

Maria

Maria Campos, LMFT

Clinical Director

In her role as clinical director, Maria 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 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

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.

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.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

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.

Specialized, Individualized Programs

While we recognize that many individuals struggle with psychological problems, our treatment focus is not only on the symptoms of your disorder but also the underlying issues that may have impacted and exacerbated your current mental health and substance abuse dependency.

We specialize in the 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.

Therapeutic Support

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. Treatment at South Coast Behavioral Health is individualized for your needs.

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.

Sincerely,

South Coast Behavioral Health

Let us help you take back your life.

You are the most important individual that we can help. You matter to us in ways that we cannot describe in words. Your life has value, and no matter how broken you think you are, we are here to help put the pieces back together.