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Riviera East Valley Pavillion (EVP)


In the year 2000, the County of Santa Clara, of Silicon Valley, which is recognized nationwide as being on the cutting edge of mental health, made the decision to create and activate a plan that would increase its effectiveness for providing mental health services to its clients, especially those requiring high-cost care.
EVP backyard with green forest The Sabankaya family was chosen among many other providers/contractors by the Santa Clara County Mental Health Department to run this new concept program. Nezih and Teresa Sabankaya (husband and wife) along with Michael Weinstein (family friend and program manager of Riviera Villa), Chris Zubiati and Kitty Palmer (from County Mental Health Department under the guidance of Dr. Nancy Pena, Director of Santa Clara County Mental Health), and Dr. Arieh Wisenhunt (contracted psychiatrist who put the team together and designed the program) played an integral role in getting this pilot program off the ground.

Riviera Care is a network of state licensed residential care facilities that is owned and operated by the Sabankaya family, which has been providing mental health services since 1974. It is also a California Short Doyle contractor.

Riviera EVP is unique for the fact that, in addition to residential services, such as bedding, food, and medication/money management, it also provides outpatient mental health services through its subcontracted provider, Oasis Care, all under one roof.

Lien, Ali, and Dr. Ayupan
Lien (Case Manager),
Ali Sabankaya (Owner/Nephew),
and Dr. Ayupan
(Oasis Psychiatrist)

The Oasis Team consists of:  

  • One in-house Psychiatrist
  • One LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) Clinical Director
  • Two Clinicians
  • Five MHRS (Mental Health Rehab Specialist) Case Managers
  • One LVN (Licensed Vocational Nurse)
residential administrator and assistant kathlea and krystal
Kathlea (EVP Administrator)
and Krystal (EVP Assistant Administrator) during the Riviera Annual Luau 2008

When combined with the staff of the residential care team, Riviera EVP has the ability to offer its clients an extraordinarily high staff-to-client ratio. This unique combination of highly qualified staff gives clients, who are often in a fragile condition, the security of knowing that they are surrounded by qualified professionals who can help them with a crisis in a momentís notice. But, Riviera EVP is not just about treating crises; it has a proactive approach to mental health through its day rehab classes. 

2008 Luau
Residents, Staff, Family, Friends, and Community Workers Enjoy the 2008 Luau
Case Workers
Riviera EVP Mental Health Counselors helping out
at the 2008 Luau
Cathryn LMFT
(LMFT Clinical Director)


Description of Services and Treatment Methods:

Riviera Care provides evidence-based outpatient day rehabilitation services according to Title 9 and Social Security Act Title XXII regulations. Available treatment methods include:

  • Assessment
  • Evaluation
  • Collateral Services
  • Treatment Plan Development
  • Therapy
  • Rehabilitation Services  

Crisis intervention is provided as needed by qualified staff. Minimum service components include daily community meeting, a therapeutic milieu that includes process/psychotherapy group, skill building group, and adjunctive therapies. Clients will be aided in their transfer to another outpatient provider should they choose to go or their medical needs require it. The individualís age, language, culture, and preferred area of residence will be taken into consideration.  

Intent of the Program:

Riviera programs provide services to people with serious mental illness whose level of functioning, symptoms, and psychiatric history necessitate service intervention to maintain the individual in community living environments.

  • To encourage the development of skills that will allow the clients to live in the least-restrictive, most independent living environment possible within the limitations of their illness.
  • To specialize in treating those individuals whose mental illness and behaviors put them at risk for losing their placement in other programs and requiring a higher level of social services. Moving them from place to place is counterproductive in their healing process.
  • To provide ongoing, daily evaluations of the client and his or her participation according to the mutually agreed upon treatment plan in order to identify any necessary changes to be made to the treatment plan or referrals to other appropriate services.
  • The duration of these services are time limited and are specific to each individualís needs, with clear goals and time frames for discharge. Services are coordinated with all significant service providers, such as public guardian, outpatient team, residential care facility administrator(s), and or family members.
  • Treatment plans are client centered, paying close attention to cultural and linguistic needs.
  • For those clients with dual diagnosis, substance abuse and mental illness, day rehab classes are provided to help them identify symptoms and coordinate with treatment services specializing in sober living.
  • Individuals will be assisted to participate actively with the program. They are taught to self-monitor their progress as they meet their goals of self-help and recovery.
  • Any physical disabilities or limitations will be identified and accommodated to allow participation in the day rehab classes.

Day Rehab Classes: 

Monday through Friday, clients participate in a well-structured full day of classes that focus on various life topics. They range from medication management, dealing with depression, substance abuse, relationships, assertiveness training, survival skills, and stress management to shopping, yoga, art therapy, cooking, gardening, and using community resources.  

Older Adult Services:

Mental health services are provided for older adults in consideration of aging issues that compound their psychiatric condition resulting in low levels of functioning, high risk of hospitalization, and loss of independence. Individuals over the age of 59 must receive clearance from the CCL (California Community Licensing) to reside at Riviera.  

Special services for older adults include:

  • Arrangements for in-house services by outside professionals for those with physical impairments that require home visits
  • Help with the stigma of using mental health services
  • Attention to potential areas of self-neglect, potential physical or psychological abuse, effects of prescription drugs, isolation, and or substance abuse  


Riviera Care currently consists of five facilities with two more under development. They are all extremely well maintained and esthetically pleasing, with seasonal flowers, trees, and lawns. Clients both enjoy and respect such amenities as leather furniture, large screen plasma televisions, collectible artwork, and an abundance of live indoor plants throughout the properties. Clients have the opportunity to develop occupational skills by holding timecard-based part-time jobs within the facilities. They work in the garden, kitchen, and office. All positions start at minimum wage with opportunities for advancement.  

  1. The Riviera EVP facility is 27,000 sq. ft. and has 72 beds.
  2. The Riviera Villa facility has four buildings on three acres totaling more than 15,000 sq. ft. and has 49 beds.
  3. The Riviera Club facility is 9,000 sq. ft. and has 42 beds.
  4. The Riviera Resort facility has two buildings over 15,000 sq. ft. and will have six beds.
  5. The Riviera Ranch facility is located on 1,000 acres with 14,000 sq. ft. in the stables and will have over 12,000 sq. ft. in the house which will have 16 beds after expansion.

Expansion of the program will include the Riviera Paseos Condominium units. They will offer a structured independent living environment with a comprehensive continuum of care.  


A typical client of Riviera Care comes either from EPS (emergency psychiatric services), psychiatric hospital wards, IMDís (Institutions for Mental Disease), or jails. It is a young adult program, meaning it takes people between the ages of 18 and 59 years old; however, exceptions are made on occasion by licensing to allow individuals to stay in the program as long as their physical health is in order. The stay of a client is determined by the progress of his or her treatment plan.  


Thank you... 

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