STEP2 is a private, local non-profit organization that has been serving northern Nevada since 1986 and is one of only a few treatment programs of its kind to offer family-oriented services.  STEP2 provides gender-specific long-term treatment services for substance use disorders, domestic violence intervention and education, and trauma services.  Women and their children live on the STEP2 campus, on average, for one year.  In addition to treatment services, STEP2 helps the women in the program find suitable employment, reunify with children, and access quality childcare. When a woman is ready to leave STEP2, she is clean and sober, gainfully employed, and she has learned life skills that will allow her to break free from patterns and environments that perpetuated addiction to create and maintain a better life for herself and her children.

Break the cycle of addiction in families.

Provide comprehensive, coordinated services related to the treatment and recovery of chemically dependent women and their families, resulting in sustainable self-sufficiency.

STEP2 is a 501 (c)(3) organization started in 1986.

STEP2 was the first substance abuse treatment facility in Nevada to offer a safe place for women to re-unify with their children.

Because of the scope of services offered, length of program and community partnerships, STEP2’s success rate remains higher than the national average.

  • STEP2’s average success rate is higher than the national average.

STATISTICS (view our 2019 By the Numbers)

  • The average age of a woman in treatment at STEP2 is 33.
  • Women stay in treatment for an average of 9-15 months.
  • Approximately 200 women seek treatment each year. In 2019, STEP2 served 215 women and 393 children.
  • On average, 20-25% of clients are pregnant upon admission to STEP2. In the past five years, 100% of babies born into the program were born drug free.
  • 84% of STEP2’s clients report a family history of substance abuse.

Women find their way to STEP2 through many different sources. In 2019, our number one referral source was actually women self-admitting with no referral. Our number two source was the court system and number three was CPS referrals.

Grant funding (Federal, State and Washoe County) is STEP2’s largest revenue source at approximately 65%.  An additional 20% comes from our fundraising events and 15% from private donations and Foundations.

Less than one percent of STEP2’s revenue comes from the clients themselves and potential clients are never turned away due to inability to pay for services.

STEP2 provides holistic care to clients by providing many services including but not limited to:

  • Substance Abuse Treatment (inpatient and outpatient)
  • Residential & Transitional Housing
  • Intensive Case Management
  • Access to Medical Care
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Domestic Violence Intervention
  • Prevention & Advocacy
  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Childcare Assistance
  • Parenting Education
  • Nutrition Education
  • Psychosocial Education
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Access to Community Services