Consolidated Tribal Health Project
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Behavioral Health Services

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Behavioral Health Services

CTHP’s Behavioral Health Department aims to provide culturally relevant and confidential assessment and screening, counseling, treatment, referrals, as well as support groups for the health and wellbeing of our patients.


Who We Serve

Children, youth, adults and seniors, Elders, families, men and women.


Services and Support

  • Substance abuse counseling.
  • Counseling services for children, adolescents, adults and elders, as well as family counseling and therapy.
  • Assessments, referrals, clinical screening and assessment, substance abuse counseling, support group counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, chronic pain management through stress reduction, hypnotherapy, stress management through self relaxation techniques and meditation.
  • Group support: Red Road to Wellness


CTHP Outpatient Treatment Program
Traditional Healer Program


Support Group

Red Road to Wellness
Days:  Mondays
Time: 6:00 pm
Location:  Indian Senior Center
425 N. State St., Ukiah, CA
Contact 707-467-5645 for more information.

Find more Red Road Group meetings in Mendocino County on our Events page.



Patient Care Hours
Monday to Friday
8:00 to 12:00 & 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

To make an appointment, call 707-467-5645.
To cancel or reschedule an appointment, please call at least 24 hours in advance where possible. This allows us to find another appointment time for you and accommodate other patients.

Registration, Coverage and Payment for Services
Contact PRC (Purchased and Referred Care) at 707-467-4641 to register as a new patient, or for information about eligibility and coverage.
Contact the Billing department at 707-467-5637 for information about payment.

Transportation Services
Transportation is available for eligible patients in need upon referral by your provider. See Transportation Services for more information.

New Patients
Please visit Your First Visit to register if you are a new patient.



Melanie Ulvila, LCSW, Behavioral Health Director

Melanie began her career working in a wraparound model to keep children in their home environment, providing case management for families. She’s worked with emotionally disturbed children in a daycare environment. Following her tenure at an associate level therapist for families in crisis, her work involved assisting Veterans with afford able and appropriate housing within the San Francisco area. Melanie began her tenure at CTHP as an LCSW providing mental health services specializing in children's needs. She has certification in Positive Indian Parenting, Parent Child Interaction Therapy and Positive Parenting Principles. Melanie works with parents on parenting issues and has experience working with local child welfare and juvenile probation systems. As the Behavioral Health Director, Melanie is responsible for oversight of CTHP’s Behavioral Health Department and works with external agencies for the benefit of programs and services to better serve CTHP patients and Tribal communities.


Christine Friedrich, LCSW

Christine has EMDR and Hypnotherapy certification along with training in other therapeutic modalities. She works with clients on issues such as past and present trauma, Post -Traumatic Stress Disorder and anxiety disorders, depression, grief/loss,  chronic medical issues such as pain management, overall stress reduction/relaxation and the effect that stress has on health conditions such as diabetes. Christine is pursuing ongoing training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy through the University of Mass. Medical School which is based on cutting edge neuroscience research in the treatment and prevention of chronic disease and mental health issues. Christine works collaboratively with patients’ primary care providers as appropriate, and empowers clients in helping them to achieve and manage optimum health and wellness . 


Debbie Swayze, CATC I, Substance Abuse Counselor

Debbie grew up and has lived in this area for over 47 years. She is in recovery from addiction and has firsthand experience with how addiction devastates the Native American culture. Debbie studied at Mendocino Community College with a major in Alcohol & Other Drug Studies. She is registered & certified through California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators: (CAADE). Debbie is trained in Triple P, a positive parenting program. Debbie has worked with adults through a variety of referrals including the county and federal probation and parole to overcome substance use issues (which includes alcohol) in order to become productive and successful members of our community. She worked with the county for over seven years as a Substance Abuse Counselor, four years in collaboration with the courts, attorneys, probation and the Child Welfare System in Family Dependency Drug Court program.  Debbie will be working with local Tribes to address substance use disorder treatment issues, developing a substance abuse program to be recognized and acknowledged by the courts, probation and Child Welfare System as an equal alternative.


Trilby Kerrigan, ASW

Ayukii (Hello), My Name is Trilby Kerrigan and I have recently been hired as the Medical Social Worker with the Behavioral Health Department at CTHP, Inc. I am looking forward to serving the Communities of Mendocino County in this new position. I am a member of the Karuk Tribe of California and have been residing in Mendocino County for the past 10 years. In my time here, I have met so many great people and formed lifelong friendships. I have been working in the helping profession for the past 20 years and Behavioral Health is where my heart is. I recently graduated from Humboldt State University with an MSW and most recently have registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences of California to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. As a Medical Social Worker, I am here to offer crisis counseling and referrals, Behavioral health Assessments, outreach to Tribal Communities and individual and group counseling services. My focus in helping others is to form trust, partnerships and support and to honor the importance of culture and tradition in healing. Please feel free to contact me at my direct line, I can be reached Monday-Friday between 8:00am to 5:00pm at (707)234-2503

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