Serenity Knolls Treatment Center, Forest Knolls, California

Forest Cloud. Mount Sutro
145 Tamal Rd
Forest Knolls, CA, 94933

Overview of Serenity Knolls Treatment Center

Serenity Knolls Treatment Center is located in Forest Knolls on the slopes of Mount Sutro, just twenty miles north of San Francisco, California. The facility has over 25 years of experience in the field of behavioral healthcare. They provide treatment for both substance abuse as well as underlying co-occurring mental disorders.

The Center employs a dedicated and qualified staff all of whom are Serenity Knoll alumni. Due to their personal struggles with substance abuse they are specially equipped to understand the patients’ needs. All incoming clients undergo a thorough multidisciplinary assessment that helps the team to ascertain their individual needs. Based on each individual diagnosis, highly specialized treatment plans are drawn up to best treat each client.

The campus is surrounded by pine trees and hills offering a safe environment removed from the outside world. This provides residents with the peace of mind necessary for their rehabilitation. Situated in a sprawling campus offering ample scenic views, Serenity Knolls provides a calm and relaxed atmosphere where their clients can recuperate.

Accommodation and Food at Serenity Knolls Treatment Center

Serenity Knolls is located in a 12.5-acre plot on pine-covered hills just north of the bustling city of San Francisco. The facility is housed in a compound comprising of 15 buildings, a swimming pool, and a gazebo. A gym with basic exercising equipment is available along with a volleyball court, a basketball court, and other sports facilities.

These, along with walking trails scattered all over the facility, offer residents ample opportunities to maintain their physical health while recovering mentally. The campus is often frequented by wildlife such as deer and songbirds that reside in the surrounding forests. The residential quarters along with the buildings housing the offices and therapy centers are all well designed and exude a tranquil air.

The residential halls offer community style living with each cabin shared between two residents. The bedrooms are sparsely furnished with two twin-sized beds. Single rooms can be availed only by the residents undergoing detox. The kitchen offers three meals a day in a buffet-style setting and snacks throughout the day.

Treatment Options at Serenity Knolls Treatment Center

The treatment center provides residential programs that have a minimum mandatory stay period of 30 days. Residents who can afford it are accommodated for the prolonged three-month program that offers more extensive treatment. Each patient is provided with personalized treatment options devised by a qualified team. Some of the treatment options include:

  • Residential program
  • Weekend Family program
  • Detox program
  • Aftercare program

Therapy Choices at Serenity Knolls Treatment Center

The wide range of therapy options available at Serenity Knolls is offered to each resident in a variety of combinations depending upon their particular needs.

Some of these therapy choices are as follows:

  • 12-step based therapy
  • Individual counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Dual diagnosis for co-occurring mental disorders
  • Evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral therapy
  • Educational groups
  • Women’s groups
  • Men’s groups
  • Couples and family counseling
  • Medically monitored detox
  • Relapse prevention
  • Discharge planning and aftercare

Payment Options and Insurances

Serenity Knolls charges $18,000 for a thirty-day residential program. They are flexible in their payment options as they accept both self-pay and a range of private and public medical insurances. Some of these insurances include:

  • Kaiser
  • LifeSynch Health Insurance
  • First Care Health Plan
  • Exclusive Care Health Care
  • HCSC Heal Plan
  • Magellan Health Services
  • United Behavioral Health Plan
  • United Health Care Health Plan
  • Assurant Health Plan


  • Accredited by CARF

Serenity Knolls Treatment Center Advantages

Serenity Knolls was founded in 1990 and since then has focused on the complete rehabilitation and social reintegration of its clients. The center is especially renowned for their 12-step based focus on rehabilitation. Patients are assigned one-on-one drug counselors and psychotherapists who assist them in recovering from a wide range of chemical dependencies and mental disorders.

The family programs at the facility are well-designed and comprise family and couples therapy as well as weekly meetings offered on the weekends. These aim to sensitize and educate family members towards the needs of the victims. It enables the victims to have a support group to draw strength from. It also aims to cure any substance dependence that other family members might be developing, thus, ensuring the entire family’s health.

Staff at Serenity Knolls Treatment Center

The staff at the facility comprises a qualified team of doctors, psychotherapists, and volunteers. They provide 24×7 supervision and support to better facilitate the recovery of each client and prevent any chances of relapse. Some important staff members and their roles at the center include:

Danielle Roeske
Chief Executive Officer

Danielle Roeske has been working in the field of mental health care since 2003. She specializes in acute psychiatric care as well as drug and alcohol treatment. Throughout her career, she has served in various capacities including Clinical Director, program developer, therapist, supervisor, and technical specialist. She has a Bachelor of Science in Philosophy from the College of the Holy Cross, an MS in Counseling and Human Relations from Villanova University, and a PsyD from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Linelle Cowan
Director of Human Resources

Linelle Cowan has firsthand experience of residential programs as she is a Serenity Knolls alumni and has spent the last 30 years recovering from addiction. Currently, she works at the facility as the director of human resources. She is in charge of overseeing staff management and the assigning of psychotherapists and drug counselors to patients who need them.

Meg McManus
Chief Financial Officer

Meg McManus has over 30 years of experience in accounting. Throughout her long career, she has served in various positions including auditing, SEC reporting, various Controller positions, and independent consulting projects. At Serenity Knolls she is in charge of overseeing budget development as well as all financial operations.

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