Avg. cost - Per Month - $30,001 - $50,000

Paradigm Malibu

6323 Via Escondido Dr.

Malibu, CA 90265

Tel :

Primary focus of Provider
  • Mix of mental health and substance abuse
Service Provided
Type of Care
  • Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)
  • Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less)


As the only residential teen treatment program for drug abuse, addiction, mental health and behavioral health issues owned and operated by licensed mental health professionals, we are proud to have a core team with more than 15 years of experience working together. With the nation’s highest staff to client ratio and the largest variety of clinical services, we are uniquely qualified to be of service to you and your family. We welcome the opportunity to do so. Choosing an adolescent treatment program can be daunting. In an effort to assist you with this process, we offer 21 specific qualities that distinguish Paradigm Malibu from other teen treatment programs. 1) We Only Treat Six Adolescents at a Time 2) We Provide the Highest Staff to Client Ratio in the Nation 3) Our Treatment Team is Uniquely Qualified 4) Our Admissions Screening is Rigorous 5) We Treat the Emotional Underpinnings of Problematic Behaviors 6) Comprehensive Diagnostic Testing is Conducted Before Treatment Begins 7) We Provide One of the Largest Varieties of Clinical Services 8) We Provide Multimodal Family Services 9) We Provide Comprehensive Academic Services 10) Our Treatment is Intensive 11) Our Treatment Approach Results in Sustainable Change 12) We Provide One of the Largest Varieties of Clinical Services 13) It is Our Job to Motivate Teens 14) Our Treatment is Gender Specific but Not Gender Exclusive 15) We Empower Teens and Their Families 16) Our Treatment is Strength and Interest Based 17) We Don’t Engage in Either/Or Treatment 18) We Exclusively Serve Adolescents in a Residential Setting 19) Our Treatment is Collaborative in Nature 20) Our Treatment is Truly Holistic 21) We Provide Free Aftercare Services

Form of Payment, Insurance Accepted, and Paradigm Malibu Cost

Here is a partial list of some of the major insurance providers this facility accepts. Note that this facility works with out-of-network insurance coverage as well. Please contact facility for the most up-to-date list of insurance providers.

  • Forms of payment
    • Private health insurance
    • Self payment
  • Average Treatment Cost
    Per Month : $30,001 - $50,000

Other Information

  • Gender


  • Pets Allowed?


  • Patient to staff ratio

    1 to 1

  • Avg. length of program (in days)
    Residential Outpatient Intensive Outpatient
    30-45 NA-NA NA-NA
  • What success means to us
    At Paradigm Malibu we provide free aftercare services. Our goal is to stay connected to our clients and their families long term. IF a client hits a bump in the road or has a temporary relapse, we would not consider this a failure. Our goal is to help them get back on track as quickly as possible.

Organization & Facilities

  • Year Started


  • Business Status

    For Profit

  • Number of Beds


  • Average stay (Residential)

    Average stay in days : 30 to 45

  • Average stay (Intensive Outpatient)

    Average stay in days : NA to NA

  • Average stay (Outpatient)

    Average stay in days : NA to NA

  • Private rooms available


  • Management Team
    • Dr. Jeffrey Nalin, Psy. D
    • Cole Rucker, MA
    • Dr. Steve Sager, MD
    • Jeremy Manne, Program Coordinator
    • Dr. Lori M. Baudino, PSYD-Clinical Pstchologist


  • Provided during treatment
    • Suboxone
    • Subutex
    • Antabuse
    • Campral
    • Medications for psychiatric Disorders
    • Naltrexone
    • Nicotine replacement
  • Maintenance program


  • Services offered
    • After care services offered.
    • After care services offered are free.
    • Track patients' progress post care


  • Alumni Services
    • Alumni networking and special events
    • Special programs for alumni


  • Licenses
    Licensed By Type Of License
    State of CaliforniaResidentai Treatment
  • Accreditations
  • Membership

    NAATP, NAADAC, Better Business Bureau

Addtional information

What is the graduation rate (% that successfully go through the entire program)?


How do you define success? What is your success rate? How is it measured?

See last question below

Is the program gender specific?

This is a very important point for us. We do offer gender specific treatment. We do not offer gender exclusive treatment- as overwhelming clinical evidence suggests that this is appropriate for a very small number of youth.

Is the program designed to engage and retain youth?

Yes. All youth are treated as full and equal partners in the creation of their treatment plans. In addition to traditional therapies, we offer a wide variety of experiential therapies including but not limited to; art therapy, music therapy, drama therapy, biblio-therapy, written therapies, dance/movement therapy, equine therapy, animal assisted therapy, sober surfing, narrative therapy, etc.

How is the program uniquely tailored to treat adolescents as opposed to adults?

Paradigm Malibu is designed to meet the special needs of adolescents. As such we offer a school component, provide a 1:1 staff to client ratio, provide individual therapy every day of treatment, group multiple times a day and a large variety of experiential therapies. We also offer a strong family component. (see below).

Do you have an academic curriculum?

Paradigm Malibu has an onsite accelerated learning classroom designed to help youth get current or ahead in their studies. One teacher works with a class room of six youth. In addition tutors from Pepperdine University and UCLA work with adolescents on any subject they are struggling with. Youth may stay enrolled in their home schools or enroll in our online curriculum.

How is the family involved in the treatment process?

All families are involved in the creation and implementation of treatment plans. Individual Family Therapy, Multi-Family Therapy, Parent Effectiveness Training, Parent's Support Groups and Sibling Support Groups are all provided every week of treatment. Every Saturday is a family day where parents, siblings and extended family members attend psycho-education groups, enjoy lunch together and attend therapeutic sessions.

How does the program take a comprehensive, integrated approach to treating adolescents?

How will a child be assessed and matched for treatment services?

In the first 72 hours of treatment, all program participants receive a comprehensive evaluation psychiatric by a board certified adolescent psychiatrist, testing by an adolescent psychologist, an evaluation from a licensed nutritionist, an educational assessment by our director of education and a bio-psychosocial from their primary therapist. This information is used to create a meaningful treatment plan and allow you to be matched with appropriate services and treatment goals.

What specific continuing care services will patients receive post discharge?

At Paradigm Malibu we provide free aftercare to families for as long as they wish to utilize it. This includes ongoing individual and family therapy, an open door to attend family day each Saturday, case management and parent support services.

How are the staff trained?

We only hire employees who are licensed or certified in their areas of expertise. In addition, employees must have devoted the bulk of their careers to the provision of services to adolescents and their families. We provide additional ongoing training in the form of a monthly in-service to focus on the areas of safety, crisis management, JCAHO regulations, licensing regulations, diversity and innovations in adolescent care.

Do you have a clinical director? What are his/her credentials?

Dr. Nalin is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY17766), a Certified Chemical Dependency Intervention Specialist and a Certified Youth Residential Treatment Administrator. He has been a respected leader in the field of emotional health, behavioral health and teen drug treatment for more than 15 years. During that time, Dr. Nalin has been responsible for the direct care of young people at multiple institutions of learning including; The Los Angeles Unified School District, the University of California at San Diego, Santa Monica College, and Pacific University. He was instrumental in the development of the treatment component of Los Angeles County’s first Juvenile Drug Court, which now serves as a national model.

Dr. Nalin has appeared as an expert on shows ranging from CBS News to CNN and MTV and was also featured in an Anti-Drug Campaign for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). Dr. Nalin is currently an adjunct faculty member at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology, a Diplomat of the National Institute of Sports Professionals and a Certified Sports Psychologist. He lectures and conducts workshops nationally on the issues of substance abuse prevention, teen drug rehab reforms and innovative adolescents treatment.

What are the credentials of the staff, especially the counselors and therapists, who will be working directly with the children?

We require that all staff members be licensed or certified in their area of expertise. In addition we only invite those to join our team who have devoted their careers to the care of adolescents. All counselors have at least a Master's Degree in Psychology. Our staff includes three licensed psychologists, an adolescent psychiatrist, a licensed music therapist, art therapist, nutritionist, etc. We are happy to provide the credentials of all staff members. You may also see them by visiting out treatment team page at www.paradigmmalibu.com

Do you conduct background checks on your employees?

Yes. All employees must undergo a thorough background check that includes the following; fingerprinting, FBI background check, Child Abuse Index Check, Live Scan.

What aspects of your program are unique compared to other adolescent treatment programs?

* Only Treat Six Youth at a Time * 1:1 Staff to Client Ratio * Individual Therapy Every Day * Group Therapy Multiple Times Each Day (In a 30 day stay a youth would receive 30 individual sessions and over 100 group therapy sessions). * Large Continuum of Experiential Therapies * JCAHO Accredited * Focus on the Emotional Underpinnings of Behaviors Rather than on Behaviors Themselves * Treatment Team is Uniquely Qualified * Admissions Screening is Rigorous (Exclusionary Criteria include the following: We do not accept youth with histories of violence, gang affiliations, youth from juvenile hall, sexual perpetrators or fire starters.) * Comprehensive Diagnostic Testing is Conducted before Treatment Begins * Comprehensive Academic Services * Free Aftercare * Our Treatment is Gender Specific and Not Gender Exclusive * We Have an Empowerment Model * Treatment is Strength and Interest Based

Can parents speak with their child whenever they want? Can the child contact the parents whenever as well?

Yes! We are so pleased that you are asking this question!!! I have heard numerous reasons that programs limit communication between youth and their parents. We frankly don't agree. Our belief is that if the goal is to strengthen families- then family communication can not be restricted in significant ways.

Does the program have any outcomes data to demonstrate level of effectiveness? If so, please elaborate and provide summary data for past 3 years.

Our outcome data is a bit different than other treatment programs because we provide free, on-going aftercare for as long as youth and their families wish to utilize it. For that reason, if a youth is thriving for six months and hits a bump in the road or has a relapse and we are involved and able to get them right back on track- we would not consider this to be a failure. For us, success in measured in the quality a young person's life and in the quality of a family's life rather than simply counting the number of days that young person stays sober or avoids a negative coping style.

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