Benchmark Transitions follows the principles outlined in the California Uniform Code of Conduct for Certified and Registered Alcohol and Drug Professionals [principles], as well as the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) [ethics] and the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Providers (NATSAP) [ethics]
Residential and Transitional Living for Young Adults - Our Story
Benchmark Young Adult School® was founded in Southern California on September 9, 1993 by Jaynie Longnecker-Harper, M.Ed., who has long been considered to be a leader in the industry of special education for adolescents and transitional living programs for young adults. As a single parent of four children, Jaynie understood all too well that many young people, and their frustrated families, faced a lack of resources in their struggle for self-reliance. With her education, experience and first-hand understanding of addiction, Jaynie set out to provide a real-world setting where troubled teens and struggling young adults could learn to emerge into independence.
When Jaynie opened Benchmark on September 9, 1993, she had one participant, one staff member and one couch. In 2008, the business was re-branded as Benchmark Transitions®, which has grown to include over 40 employees. In 2013, Jaynie’s adult children joined her to form a first and second generation executive team, sharing her original vision and values. And recently the third generation has become involved – a true American family business!
A personal note from Jaynie...
Often we are asked how Benchmark came to be and how we as a family got into the work of serving young adults who suffer from substance abuse and other disabling kinds of mental health disorders. As with most people who find this work to be a life devotion, there is usually some driving force that accompanies a deep desire to make a difference. For us, that is true.
On April 21, 1986, I found the father of my four children dead with a self-inflicted bullet wound to his head. This was the most profound shock of my life. While I knew he was very much in trouble with alcoholism, I never dreamed that his life could be robbed from him in this way – and by his own choice. Needless-to-say, the kids and I were devastated. He left a note to us that said, “I can’t live with it and I can’t live without it… we will all be better off if I am not here.”
As the reality of that note set in, I began to ponder what lay before me. First I just wanted to run away from the sadness and horror of the scene in my mind. What I was left with, coming out of that room, was a profound fury towards the disease that had robbed our family of this man who was in such trouble with a disease he never understood… and a desire to do something to make a difference.
As life does, one step lead to another, and finding the right people who led me into working with young adults was the bright spot. The following year I came to California and was blessed by working with the original emotional growth program in the nation which centered on adolescents and young adults, helping me realize that out of tragedy can come healing and purpose. That experience inspired me to create Benchmark.
All four of my children, Shelley Skaggs, Dana Drury, Joelle Walters, and Darren Longnecker, have embraced the family business and together we work to honor the memory of their father and to fight the disease of addiction and the accompanying mental health issues that go hand in hand.
We strive to do this well.
Our Core Focus
The Benchmark Transitions family is dedicated to transforming the lives of young adults and their families through the development of courage, conscience and character.
Our Core Values
Humbly lead by example
Be accountable for quality care and service
Serve in a highly competent, professional manner
Embrace growth & change
Exhibit a positive & optimistic spirit
Demonstrate initiative in problem solving
Licensing, Accreditation & Professional Affiliations
Benchmark Transitions® is a licensed dual diagnosis and residential substance abuse treatment program with certification through the State of California Department of Health Care Services providing a continuum of therapeutic care for young adults including Detoxification, Residential Treatment, Day Treatment (PHP), Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Outpatient (OP) levels of care services, in addition to our structured transitional living housing, Benchmark Sober Living™.
The educational component of Benchmark Transitions, Benchmark Young Adult School®, is fully accredited as an Outstanding Academic Institution by the National Private Schools Association Group (NPSAG).
Benchmark holds a Private School Affidavit through the State of California, has been a member in good standing of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools & Programs (NATSAP) since its inception and is a member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) and California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP), as well as a founding member of Young Adult Transition Association (YATA).
Young adult men & women, 18-28 years of age, exhibiting behavioral and clinical issues such as, but not limited to:
• Academic challenges
• Anger management
• Asperger/Austism Spectrum
• Compulsive behavior
• Distressed relationships
• Dual diagnosis
• Emotional & Behavioral issues
• Lacking confidence
• Learning differences
• Life changes
• Poor judgment
• Non-verbal learning disorder
• Socially isolated
• Substance use/abuse