Program Spotlight: Behavior Education And Treatment (BEAT)

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In recognition of National LGBT Health Awareness Week, a week-long observance to bring awareness to the unique health needs and disparities of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, we’d like to introduce the newest addition to the WestCare California family of programs, Behavior Education And Treatment (BEAT)!

1BEAT works with those who are HIV positive or at risk of contracting the virus and have a substance abuse disorder. This can include but is not limited to:

• Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) individuals, primarily racial/ethnic minorities who identify as Young Men Who Have Sex With Men (YMSM)
• Intravenous drug users
• Individuals involved in risky behaviors such as sex industry work, unprotected sex and human trafficking

The goal of the program is to reduce the link between substance abuse and the transmission of HIV while empowering those that we serve through the program to live drug free, healthy and productive lives. Program results will be achieved through outreach, testing, referrals and a combination of residential and outpatient treatment and sober living as well as support with locating stable housing.

Program Information and Presentations:
Carlene Merino, Program Coordinator
(559) 237-3420 Ext. 20333

Program Admissions:
Belmont Health and Wellness
611 E. Belmont
Fresno, CA 93701
(559) 237-3420



For over 40 years, WestCare California has been providing an opportunity for individuals to lead fuller, richer lives. Our team of multi-cultural, experienced and credentialed staff is dedicated to providing the best care to everyone who enters our doors. Our goal is to uplift the human spirit by providing the skills and support necessary for individuals to achieve their dreams and transform their lives.

WestCare provides a wide spectrum of health and human services in both residential and outpatient environments. Our service domains include mental health & wellness, substance abuse and addiction treatment, housing opportunities, education & prevention, criminal justice and veterans programs. These services are available to adults, children, adolescents and families.