Save lives and restore families.

Break the cycle of addiction and violence in families.

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.

Studies show that pregnant and parenting women are far less likely to seek treatment for substance use disorders than their male counterparts because of the many barriers that exist for them. STEP2 was founded in 1986 on the principle that pregnant and parenting women should not have to choose between being a parent and receiving substance use disorder treatment.

When women’s specific needs are addressed from the outset, improved treatment engagement, retention and outcomes are the result. Since its inception, STEP2 has provided gender-specific treatment, transitional housing and comprehensive wraparound services to over 4,400 women and their families.

The STEP2 campus includes a 20-bed residential facility, 25 transitional housing cottages and a 13,000 square foot family counseling center, where we serve approximately 200 families per year. Our residential treatment program engages women in trauma-informed group and individual therapy for up to 30 hours each week, while also providing wraparound services including case management, medical care referrals and coordination, childcare assistance, parenting education, transportation assistance, domestic violence advocacy and education, and on-site mental health assessment, therapy and medication assistance.

Upon completion of the residential treatment program (approximately 90 days), a woman and her children are able to move into one of our transitional housing cottages while she continues her engagement in the comprehensive services listed above at the intensive outpatient and/or outpatient treatment levels. Additionally, women in our transitional housing program will receive assistance in obtaining quality childcare, will find suitable and gainful employment through our workforce development program, and will learn the necessary tools to connect with healthy community resources.

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.

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 2020 By the Numbers)

  • The average age of a woman in treatment at STEP2 is 35.
  • Women stay in treatment for an average of 9-15 months.
  • Approximately 200 women seek treatment each year. In 2020, STEP2 served 193 women and 311 children.
  • On average, 13% 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 2020, 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
  • Mental Health Services
  • Domestic Violence Intervention
  • Prevention & Advocacy
  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Childcare Assistance
  • Parenting Education
  • Nutrition Education
  • Psychosocial Education
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Access to Community Services




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