About Sanford Behavioral Health

What's in a name? Formerly Sanford House and Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers

What's in a name? Formerly Sanford House and Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers, the name Sanford Behavioral Health (Sanford) now reflects our full continuum of care for addiction, eating disorders and mental health treatment.

Rae and David Green established Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers (Sanford House) in 2015 with a ten bed women’s facility in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After extensive experience working in residential treatment centers, Rae Green proposed a new approach for the treatment of substance use disorders (SUD) and the Green's work began. They restored Grand Rapids’ historic homes as treatment centers; their premise was that a pleasing environment provided a first step toward their patients’ self-care, a reduction in stigma, and served as a vehicle to healing.

The need for SUD, eating disorder and mental health treatment in Michigan is dire. Data shows that Michiganders with SUDs go untreated or leave the state to find the support they need, due to the severe shortage of effective treatment providers. On top of that, state and federal medical experts say the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened mental health issues for those experiencing SUD.

Rae Green, JD, LPC, CAADC, Founder and President Sanford Behavioral Health

Raising the Standard of Treatment

The need to fill the gaps and raise the standard of addiction and mental health treatment in Michigan has only grown since Sanford was established. And the original mission has stood the test of time. Today, Sanford Behavioral Health, is licensed and accredited as a substance use disorder, eating disorder, and co-occurring mental health treatment facility, serving the state of Michigan and beyond. Sanford is led by a growing team of medical, clinical and support personnel providing medication-managed and science-based treatment to residential, outpatient, and telehealth patients.

Health Alert Covid-19

Health Alert COVID-19 The health and safety of our staff and patients is always our first concern. We follow state and government guidelines for our COVID protocols and update staff regularly. We are stand ready for any changes from the CDC or other government agency. Current policy:

  1. All patients are tested upon arrival for admission.  A positive tests means they need to meet quarantine requirements and be symptom free to come back for admission.
  2.  Generally, no masks are required for staff or patients at this time. There are individual factors that may warrent wearing masks on a case by case basis.
  3.  Staff are required to report any symptoms or exposures to their supervisor.
  4.  If a patient tests positive they are discharged (at IOP/OP levels they switch to virtual programming).
  5.  If a staff member tests positive they must follow the current quarantine guidelines (5 days and symptom free) to be able to return to work.
  6.  In residential treatment, if a patient or staff is confirmed to have tested positive we require masks for everyone and we test the patients daily for 5 days.

This is Sanford Behavioral Health Today

Sanford West Behavioral Health Campus (Sanford West)

Sanford West is our newest treatment facility, located twelve minutes from downtown Grand Rapids, in Ottawa County, Michigan. Situated on a rural 18-acre campus, the programs and activities at Sanford West enhance and compliment the existing services at Sanford Behavioral Health. Sanford West is stand ready to treat acute patients with an integrated approach to addiction and co-occurring disorders, eating disorders, and mental health and medical conditions.

Sanford Detox Center

Rounding out our full continuum of care, the Sanford Detox Center (beds available now) provides medically monitored detox for acute withdrawal. Medical detoxification is the process of safely ridding the body of alcohol and/drugs and managing the resultant withdrawal symptoms. During the detox process, a patient may experience mental and physical symptoms such as body discomfort, nausea, or anxiety. Consequently, medical/psychological monitoring is necessary. Every individual experiences detox differently, and every patient is assessed to determine whether medically monitored detox is appropriate or if withdrawal symptoms can be managed in an outpatient environment.

Sanford Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders (Sanford CTED)

Sanford CTED announces the first standalone residential treatment center in the state! Our residential treatment provides structure, safety, and accountability with 24/7 nursing and clinical support. We want to efficiently reduce the harmful effects of eating disorders and start individuals on their recovery path. We understand that the needs of each individual seeking treatment are unique, and we work with patients to support a safe transition out of residential treatment when the time is right. In the same way, we strive to deliver a person-centered and trauma-informed program throughout the recovery process. We treat:

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Avoidant Restrictive Food and Intake Disorder (ARFID) 
  • Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorder (OSFED)
  • For more information go to Eating Disorders
Sanford West Substance Use Disorder Treatment (SUD)

Sanford West gender-specific addiction treatment programs provide an integrated approach for higher acuity patients with co-occurring (at the same time) mental health conditions or those transitioning from detox, or other programs on the campus. Every program at Sanford includes psychological and medical assessment, treatment planning, individual and group counseling, psychoeducation, and drug and alcohol screening. Programs also include community involvement, early recovery support, and wellness healing.

Mental Health Treatment

This program will also include a continuum of care including Residential, PHP, IOP, OP. This
program is meant for those who are suffering from debilitating symptoms of mental health
diagnosis (e.g., major depressive disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, bi-polar disorders) Our multi-disciplinary team will use comprehensive assessments to ensure that proper diagnosis is informing the individualized treatment plan for those in need of these program services. Residential Treatment is focused on evaluation, stabilization, skill acquisition and smooth transition to appropriate levels of care/providers for long-term treatment management.

Stay Tuned!

More programs planned in the coming months!

Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers

Sanford Outpatient Center

People in different stages of the recovery process need different levels of care. Our Outpatient Center works to reduce the harmful effects of alcohol and drug addiction, individual health issues, and trauma. These programs provide structure, accountability, and community, while encouraging patients to integrate their treatment into personal, home and work life. Our programs include:

Residential Addiction Treatment

In residential treatment, you live at a gender specific Sanford facility for a period of time. This arrangement provides a structured environment in which to recover. It is often beneficial to leave what might be a triggering environment, and residential treatment gives you time to focus on your needs and your sobriety. Our residential program also offers monitoring of medication and medical concerns. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) combines behavioral therapy and medications to treat SUDs.

Sanford Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders

Eating disorders can occur in individuals of all ages, genders, and body types, and are progressive in nature. Our continuum of care allows the individuals we treat to enter a program at the level that is appropriate for their symptoms. We treat eating disorders in our Sanford CTED Outpatient Center and also in the Sanford West Residential Treatment Center. Our historic residential program, opening April 2022, will be the first standalone residential treatment center for eating disorders in Michigan! Our programs include:

The Sanford "Brand"

The things that make us stand out in a crowd

Excursions and Experiential Therapy

Our patients work hard for their recovery and when it comes to downtime and extra-curricular “Excursions,” we are always looking for interesting ideas to spark previous passions or fire-up a brand new interest. Experiential therapy utilizes recreation, creative expression, and other activity-based techniques to restore physical and psychological health. At Sanford'the mind-body connection is a crucial part of long-term wellness. Activities such as art, movement, yoga, and therapeutic excursions can be an important adjunct to the more traditional therapies.

Excursions is also the name or our online magazine. Excursions is a free resource for people in every stage of recovery. We have rounded up contributing writers from around the globe. They bring you up-to-date articles on: health and fitness; scientific breakthroughs; reader’s questions; clinical insights from our counselors; interviews; editor’s picks, photos; videos and more.

Self-Care and Compassion

One of the primary purposes of early recovery is relearning self-care. Sanford House Chef Peter, who directs the cooking staff from the Sanford West kitchen, redefines “comfort food” with fresh, whole, garden-to-table options, plenty of greens and sumptuous treats. Meal times are an opportunity for our patients to regain the social aspect of eating in our beautiful dining rooms. This is especially important to our eating disorder patients, who are reacquainted with the "norms" and pleasures of eating in their own clinical kitchen. We practice a Health at Every Size (HAES) approach in all our programs, which honors body diversity and encourages movement for health and enjoyment.

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Clinical kitchens and relearning the social aspects of dining.
The Family Program

Family members can be powerful allies in recovery.  And at Sanford, we want to be there for the entire family. We believe family involvement is one of the most important components for a successful treatment experience. Patients are encouraged to invite family members to their individual therapy sessions. And The Family Program is designed to educate loved ones about the disease of addiction and encourage positive communication. Virtual options are available.

The family that recovers together!
The family that recovers together!
Accreditation, Credentials and a Passionate Team of Professionals

Since its founding, Sanford has gained a reputation for providing compassionate, innovative, and successful addiction treatment. Our sterling reputation, whether articulated by our patients and their families, or our treatment colleagues, was confirmed by Sanford’s perfect survey score in programming from CARF 2021 (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities). CARF is the nationally recognized accreditation organization, and surveyed Sanford’s treatment programs against 1,500 CARF standards.

Credentials and licenses also ensure that the person or persons providing your treatment meets nationally recognized standards for professional practice.  All of our counselors are master’s level clinicians or above, and many hold multiple licenses. Sanford is led by a growing team of empathetic medical, clinical, and support personnel providing evidenced-based treatment to residential, outpatient, and telehealth clients. Sanford serves individuals from every corner of the State of Michigan and beyond.

Community Education, Prevention and Stigma-Busting

Sanford key staff members are dedicated to pro-bono education opportunities in the community. We provide information about addiction, eating disorders and mental health conditions at schools, institutes of higher learning, corporations, and basically, to anyone who will listen. Knowledge is power; education and early detection of mental health issues can make a significant difference in success outcomes. Sanford Founder, Rae Green, and other staff members are tireless in their goal to start the conversation about the mental "health tsunami", shine a light on the problem, and provide creative solutions!

Founder, Rae Green, and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Masterson , post-presentation to the School of Nursing GVSU
Founder, Rae Green, and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Masterson , post-presentation to the School of Nursing GVSU
Insurance and Payment Help

One of the most complicated parts of entering treatment can be trying to understand financing coverage. Our team of admissions professionals works with your insurance providers to see that you get the best possible coverage for treatment. We have established partnerships with most insurance companies, and speak their language. This means we advocate for our patients and translate the insurance options into understandable language.

Health insurance is complicated, and the payment models relating to behavioral health are evolving. Establishing, managing, and protecting commercial insurance relationships involves advanced knowledge and expertise.  Sanford has brought the administration of insurance and billing inhouse with Green Castle Health (GCH) established to service existing and new programs.

Long-Term Support and Education

The right aftercare plan is crucial to the success of a person who is new to recovery, bridging the space between treatment and the real world. Often, as patients plan to return home they recognize people, places or things in their environment that present potential risk. For this reason, Sanford staff works to advocate for our clients. We consider their circumstances and assist them in finding sober living, sponsorship and safety in early recovery.

The Sanford aftercare plan is personalized and addresses emotional triggers, coping skills, and a lasting connection to the resources established during treatment. Our intent is to partner with our clients. And to help them plan a life of recovery that taps their inherent strength and feels meaningful, manageable and realistic to them.

Beautiful Spaces, Original Art and Custom Comfort

Treatment begins in a particular place. And over the years of growth, Sanford Behavioral Health has kept the same standard of care and excellence in every location it acquires. Whether renovating historic homes or introducing the Sanford brand into less celebrated buildings, Sanford’s founders reflect the original mission. Because treatment is more successful if you feel comfortable and safe. And an aesthetically pleasing environment can contribute toward reducing stress, promoting self-care, and serve as a vehicle to healing. 

art therapy
Inspirational original art displayed at Sanford West

Our Locations

Sanford West Behavioral Health Campus

15146 16th Avenue
Marne, Michigan 49435


Sanford West Behavioral Health Campus is our newest treatment facility. Located 12 miles from downtown Grand Rapids, in Marne, Michigan, situated on 18 acres, Sanford West enhances and compliments the existing services…

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Sanford Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders

1003 Parchment Drive SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546


Sanford (CTED) is a state-of-the-art treatment program in an intimate, personalized setting. Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF is a nationally recognized accreditation organization…

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residential addiction treatment

Sanford House at John Street for Men

221 John Street NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503


Sanford House at John Street for Men is a residential treatment facility for adult men. The male gendered counterpart to Cherry Street, Sanford House at John Street captures the town and country atmosphere that is signature to Sanford…

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Sanford House at Cherry Street for Women

540 Cherry Street SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503


Sanford House at Cherry Street for Women is a residential addiction treatment facility. It is also a powerful resource for adult women overcoming mental health and substance use disorders. The facility is located in an elegantly restored home…

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Sanford Outpatient Center

15146 16th Avenue
Marne, Michigan 49435


Sanford Outpatient Center is located at Sanford West Behavioral Health Campus. Here we offer flexible, innovative, and individualized programs that work with your “real life”…

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Sanford Virtual Programs

15146 16th Avenue
Marne, Michigan 49435


As we continue to serve our patients while responding to health concerns, we have implemented and expanded Sanford Virtual Addiction Treatment. We are committed to helping public health facilitators contain all public health concerns…

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