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Established 1976

Canyon Manor is licensed as a 24-hour Mental Health Rehabilitation Center located in the City of Novato in Marin County, California.  We provide consistent rehabilitation treatment programming and nursing care for gravely disabled and severely mentally ill clients, including those with compromised mobility and other special care needs.  Our Dual Diagnosis Program has been serving clients with both mental illness and substance abuse disorder for over 40 years. 


We have treated over 3,000 severely mentally ill clients in our 48+ years of continuous service.   Canyon Manor serves clients referred from county mental health services throughout California (21 different counties), the Veterans Administration, private health care providers, and families seeking care for a loved one.

License Type: Mental Health Rehabilitation Center (MHRC)

Number of Beds: 89
Mental Health Management I, Inc.

dba Canyon Manor
655 Canyon Road
Novato, CA 94947


Religious Affiliation:  None / Non-Denominational


Tour Our Campus

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Canyon Manor is located in a neighborhood of single family homes within walking distance to shops and parks.  The soothing setting helps put clients at ease and provides an ideal backdrop for the specialty treatment that we perform.  Our campus has an abundance of verdant open space for clients to enjoy including a sports court, patios, picnic areas, a labyrinth, fountains, and gardens.  We are unique among Mental Health Treatment Centers for these and other reasons.


  • 2+ acre campus

  • 89-bed facility with several support buildings

  • Recently refreshed inside-and-out

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Our daily treatment program consists of state-of-the-art psychopharmacology, a variety of skill building groups, general activities, small therapy groups, community meetings, physical and recreational activities, behavioral interventions, various types of outings, passes and special events. Clients are usually seen by their psychiatrist once a week. All these treatment modalities are integrated into our therapeutically directed community/milieu.​

The basic daily schedule includes both structured and unstructured time. Structured groups provide skills development and formal treatment. Unstructured time encourages and allows clients to develop leisure time skills and pursuit of individual interests in preparation for a return to a less structured setting.

Offering the flexibility and creativity to accommodate the varying needs of our clients continues to be the hallmark of Canyon’s services.


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The photo above is group photo of Staff.  Canyon Manor’s Interdisciplinary Clinical staff includes psychiatrists, physicians, nurse practitioners, licensed vocational nurses, licensed psychiatric technicians, occupational therapists, art therapist, social service workers, rehabilitation service workers, and mental health workers. Canyon Manor has a registered/licensed nurse on duty 24-hours per day.  The photo below is of Admin and Management.

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Administrative Staff:   

Program Director

Mitchell Geis, M.A., AMFT  

The Director of Nursing Services
Elaine Hernandez 

The Medical Director
Jeffrey Berlant, MD, Ph.D.
The Executive Director

Paul Heil

It is the commitment of the staff at Canyon that makes what we do produce results. We value our reputation as an excellent treatment facility and strive to maintain it.  Our "family" of 100 staff love what they do and it shows.  60% of Canyon's staff have been with the Company 10 years or more.  Below is a photo of our Program Department Leadership. 


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 Below is a photo of our Business Office staff. 

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Our Location

655 Canyon Road, Novato, CA 94947

Canyon Manor is located in Novato, California about 30 minutes North of San Francisco.  We are a few blocks away from of two of Novato’s shopping centers and charming Old Town district, the Golden Gate Transit system, Library and Novato’s downtown district. Within convenient walking distance there are recreational facilities which include parks and community play fields. We offer escorted walks through the neighborhood as well as  scheduled outings into the community (movies, parks & rec, & shopping) to clients that meet the criteria for the activity.  


Our Mission & Core Values

Mission Statement

Canyon Manor's Mission is to provide comprehensive mental health treatment, tailored to each client’s individual needs, that works towards achieving recovery and the ability of each client to live their best life with a positive and bright future.  

Core Values


1)     Excellence Matters

Canyon Manor is dedicated to EXCELLENCE in the work we do and is constantly looking for ways to innovate and improve.  Good enough is never good enough.  We are a proud sponsor of the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) and support their efforts to advance the field of mental health treatment.


2)    Respect Matters

We value each client and treat all with the highest level of RESPECT.  We treat unique individuals, not diagnoses.  Canyon Manor staff follow the Golden Rule - they treat clients the way they would want to be treated in a similar situation.  


3)    Results Matter

We are a RESULTS-oriented treatment center.  We believe that all people have the right to a brighter future and are proud to have helped thousands of clients achieve theirs.

4)    Diversity Matters

Canyon Manor is a minority-owned / family-owned small business that was founded by a veteran.  We embrace and celebrate DIVERSITY in all its forms and are stronger because of it.  Diversity isn't just something we believe in, it's something we live.  


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