Where it started…
Advantage Treatment Center Inc. (ATC) opened its doors in November of 1998 as a non-residential treatment center for court-ordered offenders in the Denver Metro Area. Our goal was to provide an array of treatment services to court-ordered individuals, from substance abuse to mental health treatment – including anger management and DUI treatments in Alamosa, Sterling, Montrose, and Lamar. We also offered monitored sobriety services. ATC’s primary focus was to provide quality treatment and supervision services while maintaining excellent communication and cooperation with our referring agencies, including Parole, Probation, and Courts, to ensure community safety at all times.
In 2005, we expanded our services to Northeast Colorado with the opening of a residential Community Corrections Facility in Sterling. We faced challenges in starting a community corrections program in a judicial district that had never had an adult community corrections facility before. However, we were determined to provide treatment modalities that either existed minimally or did not exist at all in the area. One of our successful services is the IRT program, which fills a need for the criminal justice system and the community in Northeast Colorado.
Our Approach & Values
Advantage Treatment Centers currently provides an array of treatment groups such as anger management, DUI classes, sex offender treatment, domestic violence treatment, relapse prevention, and advanced interactive journaling groups. We consistently practice evidence-based treatment modalities, disseminated and practiced in the State of Colorado.
The mission of our addiction treatment centers in Colorado is to monitor and manage offenders in a residential and non-residential modality aligning them with treatment and vocational resources to best equip them for continued involvement in the community with positive, pro-social people and events.
- Evidence Based Therapy
- Client-centric approach
- Mental Health First Aid Training
- Therapist Certification
- Masters In Therapy
- B.A. in Counseling
President & CEO
In the Spring of 2005, Doug Carrigan took a bold step that would indelibly reshape the landscape of community corrections in Colorado and beyond. Recognizing a glaring void in the provision of high-quality care and treatment for offenders in rural areas, he founded Advantage Treatment Centers (ATC) in Sterling, Colorado. Seventeen years later, his brainchild has burgeoned into a seven-site operation, setting the gold standard for offender rehabilitation and community reintegration.
Doug Carrigan is not just an entrepreneur; he is a visionary who saw beyond the limitations of existing systems. While many in the field of community corrections were focused on urban challenges, Doug discerned the unique service gaps that plagued rural areas. These were not merely logistical challenges but deeply rooted issues that required a nuanced understanding of the rural social fabric, local resources, and the specific needs of the justice-involved populations in these areas.
Committed to crafting a program that was both comprehensive and specialized, Doug ensured that ATC was designed to address the multifaceted challenges that present in rural settings. He was not content with merely filling a gap; he aimed to create an environment that provided offenders with high-caliber care and treatment. His vision was not just to manage offenders but to transform lives, fostering an atmosphere where individuals could not only serve their sentences but also acquire the skills and mindset needed for successful reintegration into society.
Under Doug’s astute leadership, ATC has achieved remarkable milestones. Today, the organization boasts over 108 Intensive Residential Treatment (IRT) beds, the highest concentration in the state of Colorado. But numbers only tell part of the story. ATC’s wide array of services, ranging from mental health support to vocational training, reflects Doug’s holistic approach to rehabilitation. He understands that effective treatment is not a one-size-fits-all proposition but a complex interplay of personalized care, community support, and evidence-based interventions.
Doug Carrigan’s impact extends beyond the walls of ATC. He has become a thought leader in the field, sharing his insights and methodologies through seminars, publications, and consultations. His work has not only elevated the standards of community corrections but has also ignited a broader conversation about the role of rehabilitation and treatment in the justice system.
Seventeen years on, Doug Carrigan remains as committed as ever to his pioneering vision. His relentless pursuit of excellence and innovation continues to drive ATC’s growth, solidifying its reputation as a beacon of hope and transformation for justice-involved individuals in rural communities.
In a field often fraught with challenges and skepticism, Doug Carrigan stands as a testament to what can be achieved through vision, commitment, and an unwavering belief in the transformative power of well-executed community corrections.
For nearly two decades, Josh Mayhugh has been an indomitable force in the realm of Community Corrections, carving out a reputation as a luminary and thought leader. With an unyielding passion for implementation leadership, Mayhugh has been the architect behind the seamless integration of a multitude of evidence-based practices (EBPs) across the organization. His expertise is not confined to the corridors of his company; he is a sought-after subject matter authority on community-based supervision, lending his insights to an array of state and local boards.
Yet, what distinguishes Mayhugh most is his unwavering commitment to fostering a corporate culture that resonates with the values and aspirations of the rural communities the organization serves. It is this cultural alignment that he considers his crowning achievement, a testament to his holistic approach to community corrections that goes beyond mere compliance and delves into the realm of meaningful, community-centric engagement.
In a field where leadership often dictates the success or failure of rehabilitation initiatives, Josh Mayhugh stands as a paragon of effective, compassionate guidance. His tenure has not just been about implementing practices; it has been about setting a standard, about creating a paradigm where evidence-based interventions and community pride coalesce into a transformative force for good.
Director of Clinical Services & Contracting
As the Director of Clinical Services and Contracting, Sarah Stangebye is not merely an administrator; she is a transformative force in the realm of justice-involved behavioral health care. With an impressive array of credentials—LCSW, LAC, MAC—Sarah brings a multidisciplinary expertise that has been instrumental in developing evidence-based behavioral health programming across the continuum of justice-involved care.
For nearly a decade, Sarah has been at the forefront of a paradigm shift in community corrections within the state of Colorado. Her work transcends conventional boundaries, integrating behavioral healthcare into offender-based settings with a level of sophistication and nuance that has fundamentally altered the landscape. Sarah’s initiatives are not mere interventions; they are comprehensive strategies aimed at transforming the way justice-involved individuals receive mental health and substance use disorder treatment.
Currently, Sarah helms the largest Intensive Residential Treatment (IRT) program for justice-involved clients in Colorado. This is not just a statistic; it is a testament to her visionary leadership and unwavering commitment to evidence-based care. Under her stewardship, the program has become a model of excellence, setting benchmarks not just in scale but in the quality and effectiveness of treatment.
But Sarah’s influence extends beyond residential treatment. She has been a pivotal figure in integrating effective substance use disorder treatment into multiple facets of the criminal justice system. Her work is a confluence of clinical acumen, administrative prowess, and a deep-seated commitment to social justice. She understands that effective treatment is not an isolated endeavor but a systemic requirement, and she has worked tirelessly to make this vision a reality.
In a field often fraught with complexities and challenges, Sarah Stangebye stands as a beacon of what can be achieved through a blend of expertise, vision, and relentless dedication. Her work has not only elevated the standards of care within Colorado but has also set a precedent for how behavioral health services can be effectively and compassionately integrated into community corrections nationwide.
Director of Key Performance Indicators
Brian Lynch is the director of Key Performance Indicators or KPI. Began in the Sterling facility and has proudly worked in every role from entry security to program director. He brings a passion for working with local boards and judicial districts to assure justice-involved clients receive relevant and effective supervision and services. Brian has served his local community since 2005.
Director of Judicial Services
Matt Sheets is a man on a mission to help people. He’s been with ATC since 2011, and he’s worked in several roles throughout the company. In 2015, he took on the role of Director of Judicial Services, and he’s since overseen the growth of the department to 8 total locations.
Matt is passionate about helping people who are struggling with addiction, mental health issues, and other challenges. He believes that everyone deserves a second chance, and he’s dedicated to helping people get back on their feet. Under Matt’s leadership, Judicial Services has become a leading provider of community-based services. The department offers a variety of programs and services, including substance testing, electronic monitoring, and useful public service. Matt is committed to providing high-quality services that help people succeed.
In addition to his work at ATC, Matt is also a frequent contributor to localized discussions of pretrial services and pre-sentence monitoring options. He’s a strong advocate for evidence-based practices, and he’s always looking for new ways to improve the services that Judicial Services offers. Matt is a dedicated and passionate professional who is committed to helping people. He’s a valuable asset to ATC, and he’s making a difference in the lives of people all over Colorado.
Director Of Training
Kristie Garcia, an esteemed authority in the field, assumes the pivotal role of Director of Training, spearheading the development and growth of our organization’s workforce. With an illustrious track record, Kristie previously served as the Program Director at the esteemed ATC Alamosa facility, leaving an indelible mark over the course of three transformative years.
Bolstered by over 16 years of unwavering dedication in the realm of community corrections, Kristie possesses an unparalleled wealth of experience. Her expertise encompasses a wide spectrum of knowledge, fortified by her status as a certified MINT trainer in the art of motivational interviewing (MI). Furthermore, she imparts invaluable insights as a revered mental health first aid instructor (MHFA).
Kristie’s unwavering passion for cultivating staff excellence is truly remarkable. She is a tireless advocate for professional growth, consistently striving to incorporate evidence-based practices into our collective endeavors. Her visionary leadership propels our team forward, fostering an environment where innovation and efficacy converge seamlessly.
Beyond her professional pursuits, Kristie indulges in her personal passions during moments of respite. A connoisseur of the macabre, she finds solace in the captivating world of horror movies. When she’s not immersing herself in spine-chilling tales, Kristie relishes the immersive experiences provided by the world of video games.
In the realm of leadership and expertise, Kristie Garcia stands as an exemplar, inspiring us all to embrace growth, adaptability, and a commitment to excellence.
Director of Inpatient Treatment
Lamar Facility Director
Marci Amrine is a dedicated professional with a remarkable journey in the field of substance abuse and domestic violence treatment. With over four and a half years of unwavering commitment to Advantage Treatment Center Inc. in Lamar, Marci’s story is one of transformation, growth, and an unyielding desire to make a difference.
Marci’s career is marked by a diverse range of experiences. Prior to joining ATC Lamar, she spent an impressive 15 years as a licensed childcare provider, owning and operating her own business. In this role, she managed the care of nine children, primarily aged 5 and under, many of whom were victims of circumstances in the challenging worlds of substance abuse and domestic violence. This experience ingrained in her a deep sense of compassion and a profound understanding of the complexities faced by individuals in crisis.
Determined to broaden her impact and equipped with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, Marci embarked on a journey of academic achievement. She earned her Bachelor’s degree and, just one year later, obtained her CAS (Certified Addictions Specialist) certification. Armed with this academic foundation, she joined ATC Lamar as it embarked on its own transformation as a new start facility.
From its early days, Marci played a pivotal role in ATC Lamar’s growth. Under her guidance, the center expanded its capacity, introduced a thriving IRT (Intensive Residential Treatment) program, and established outpatient services in both Lamar and La Junta. ATC Lamar’s trajectory under Marci’s leadership showcases her visionary approach and unwavering commitment to expanding access to essential care.
Marci’s journey within ATC Lamar has been a testament to her adaptability and dedication. She has held multiple roles within the organization, including case manager, facilitator, treatment provider, and coordinator, culminating in her current position as Director. Her versatility and willingness to roll up her sleeves to get the job done exemplify her dedication to ATC’s mission.
At the heart of Marci’s work lies a profound sense of compassion and an unwavering desire to foster positive change in humanity. She firmly believes that every client is an everyday person, someone who simply needs guidance and the tools to navigate life’s challenges. This belief drives her to continue growing, adapting, and finding innovative ways to support ATC Lamar’s clients on their journey to recovery.
Marci Amrine’s story is a testament to the power of determination, education, and compassion in the world of substance abuse and domestic violence treatment. As Director of Advantage Treatment Center Inc. – Lamar, she continues to inspire those around her with her commitment to positive change and unwavering support for her clients.
Montrose Facility Director
Tyson Berry, a native of the Western Slope of Colorado, stands as an unwavering pillar in the realm of criminal justice services within the 7th Judicial District. With a career spanning decades, Tyson’s commitment to the cause has left an indelible mark on the community.
Prior to his role in community corrections, Tyson dedicated over a decade of his life to serving as a probation officer. His unwavering commitment to upholding the law and ensuring the rehabilitation of those under his supervision marked the early stages of a remarkable career. Before this, Tyson served with distinction in the ranks of the Montrose County Sheriff’s office, further solidifying his expertise in law enforcement.
Tyson’s extensive knowledge in offender management and supervision has positioned him as a formidable asset within the field. His profound understanding of the intricacies involved in guiding individuals towards rehabilitation is matched by a relentless dedication to their success.
Under Tyson’s astute leadership, Advantage Treatment Center (ATC) Montrose has achieved exceptional results. The center boasts client completion rates that consistently surpass state averages by an impressive margin—over 10 percentage points higher, to be precise. Tyson’s leadership philosophy, rooted in compassion, accountability, and a relentless pursuit of positive outcomes, has proven to be the driving force behind this outstanding success.
Tyson Berry’s legacy in the field of criminal justice is a testament to his enduring commitment to the betterment of our community. His ability to inspire change and his unwavering dedication to the cause of rehabilitation are qualities that continue to define his exemplary career. As Director of ATC Montrose, Tyson remains steadfast in his mission to foster positive change and create a safer, more prosperous community for all.
Sterling Facility Director
Sam Lambert Bio coming soon.
Haley Clevenger, the Director of Family Outreach Services and Operations at Advantage Treatment Centers, is a dedicated professional whose journey reflects an unwavering commitment to community betterment and client success.
At Advantage Treatment Centers, Haley spearheads a mission-driven initiative focused on monitoring and managing offenders in both residential and non-residential settings. The core objective is to align these individuals with essential treatment and vocational resources, effectively equipping them for continued involvement in the community alongside positive, pro-social influences and events. For Haley, the formula is simple: Client Success Equals Community Success.
Haley’s impressive career trajectory is marked by her remarkable journey from a successful daycare owner to a prominent figure in the world of offender rehabilitation. Over nearly 23 years, she transitioned from a small home-based operation to an experienced and licensed large home center. Her experience at Advantage Treatment Center mirrors this growth, where she initially served as an Administrator and quickly ascended to the role of Facility Supervisor before assuming her current position as Director.
What sets Haley apart is her profound passion for her work. She finds immense fulfillment in witnessing the transformative power of Advantage Treatment Center’s programs. The success stories of clients who complete the program successfully fuel her dedication and determination. It’s this unwavering belief in the program’s effectiveness that motivates Haley to tirelessly advocate for positive change.
Outside of her professional life, Haley is a devoted mother to four children. In her cherished moments of free time, she finds joy in going on car rides, immersing herself in the world of literature, crafting delicious culinary creations in the kitchen, and indulging her penchant for organizing and cleaning. Her colleagues know that when the going gets tough, a brief interlude of cleaning is all it takes to rejuvenate and refocus the team.
Above all, Haley is driven by her profound love for others, and her connections with people are of paramount importance. Her work at Advantage Treatment Center reflects not just a job but a personal mission to foster positive change within the community. Haley Clevenger is a living testament to the transformative power of dedication, empathy, and a steadfast commitment to making the world a better place.
IRT Coordinator & Assitant Director Alamosa
In the realm of criminal justice, where dedication and compassion converge, Antonio Ornelas is a luminary. With over 13 years of unwavering commitment to the field, Antonio’s journey at Advantage Treatment Centers (ATC) is a testament to his relentless pursuit of excellence.
Antonio’s ATC odyssey commenced over seven years ago, a span marked by his unwavering dedication to the organization’s mission. What fuels his passion for his work is the profound satisfaction derived from impacting his community and effecting transformative change, one individual at a time. Antonio’s journey at ATC epitomizes the ethos of service and empowerment.
Antonio’s extensive career in criminal justice is a tale of ascent, each step marked by dedication and achievement. He started as a security officer and swiftly ascended to the role of Shift Supervisor, demonstrating not only his commitment but also his leadership acumen. Subsequently, he assumed the pivotal position of Security Supervisor, where he oversaw the operations of over 17 employees, a testament to his ability to navigate complex challenges.
Antonio’s upward trajectory continued, and he was entrusted with the role of IRT (Incentive Residential Treatment) Coordinator, where his passion for effecting behavioral change came to the forefront. In his current capacity, he serves as the Assistant Director for the Alamosa Facility, a testament to his vision and leadership within ATC.
Antonio’s driving passion lies in catalyzing change in people’s lives through evidence-based practices that emphasize and embrace behavior modification. To him, clients are not statistics; they are individuals, much like you and me, navigating the complexities of life. Antonio’s commitment to their welfare is unwavering.
What truly ignites Antonio’s spirit is witnessing the transformation in clients. The positive impact they create within their communities and families is a testament to the efficacy of his work. The thrill of seeing clients succeed, reach their goals, and emerge as beacons of hope is what makes each day at ATC an adventure worth embarking upon.
Antonio’s dedication is further fueled by the vibrant culture of ATC, which he regards as one of the finest in the industry. It’s a culture rooted in empathy, resilience, and a shared commitment to the betterment of lives. Each day at ATC presents a new opportunity to make a difference, an opportunity that Antonio embraces with unwavering enthusiasm.
In Antonio Ornelas, ATC has a visionary leader who combines experience, passion, and a relentless drive for change. His journey is a testament to the transformative power of dedication and the profound impact one person can have on an organization, a community, and the lives of individuals seeking a path to a brighter future.
Director of Quality Control and Referrals
Roman Rivera is a seasoned professional who has journeyed through various roles, steadily climbing the ranks at Advantage Treatment Centers (ATC) to assume the pivotal role of Director of Quality Control and Referrals. His tenure at ATC is a testament to his unwavering commitment to the betterment of clients and the community.
Roman embarked on his ATC journey in September of 2011, commencing his career in security. Over the years, his passion for aiding clients on their path to recovery led him to explore different facets of the organization. In April of 2014, he transitioned to Case Management, where he gained invaluable experience working with diverse case loads, including Non-Residential and Sex Offender (Offense Specific) cases.
Roman’s ascent within ATC continued, and by July of 2019, he had assumed the role of Treatment Admin. This was followed by a pivotal move in October 2019 when he became the IRT (Intensive Residential Treatment) Coordinator. His contributions to ATC’s growth were further recognized in October 2020 when he transitioned into the role of Treatment Support Analyst/Quality Improvement Coordinator.
Roman’s relentless pursuit of excellence culminated in his reclassification as the Director of Quality Control and Referrals in October 2023, a position that underscores his leadership and commitment to elevating ATC’s standards of care.
What fuels Roman’s passion for his work at ATC is the tangible impact he witnesses daily. His favorite aspect of the job is witnessing the profound transformation that clients undergo during their time at ATC. From day one to program completion, Roman takes pride in helping clients realize their potential beyond their circumstances, empowering them to lead fulfilling lives free from substance abuse.
Roman recognizes the strength of diversity within the ATC team, acknowledging that each member brings unique perspectives and skills that contribute to clients’ growth in various ways. His extensive experience allows him to mentor and support his colleagues in reaching their goals, thereby ensuring that the ATC team continues to thrive.
Another facet of Roman’s role that resonates deeply with him is working closely with referral sources to facilitate the seamless admission of clients into treatment. Maintaining open lines of communication with referral sources, demonstrating client progress, and showcasing ATC’s impact are among his key priorities.
Roman’s accomplishments speak volumes about his dedication. His efforts in integrating the Electronic Health Record (EHR) system into ATC’s practice have streamlined operations, allowing the team to focus more on client care. He consistently identifies barriers that staff may encounter and provides the tools and coaching needed to enhance the quality of care provided to clients.
Roman’s commitment to Quality Improvement (QI) and auditing is equally commendable. He continuously evaluates systems, seeking ways to introduce improvements tailored to different teams and personnel. This meticulous approach extends to auditing, where he identifies areas of weakness and ensures that the appropriate resources and plans are in place for overall success.
Beyond his professional accomplishments, what drives Roman is his personal connection to the field. Having witnessed family members and acquaintances struggle with addiction, he understands the potential for positive change that lies within each individual. He firmly believes that, with the right skills, structure, and coping mechanisms, anyone can fulfill their potential and become a positive force in the community.
Roman is driven by a deep-seated desire to serve and foster quality growth, both within himself and in others. He understands that the work is never truly done, and he remains steadfast in his commitment to the core values that guide his efforts to help others.
In Roman Rivera, ATC has a dedicated and visionary leader who is not only passionate about clients but also committed to continually enhancing the organization’s standards. His journey through the ranks at ATC is a testament to his unwavering dedication to the pursuit of excellence in the field of addiction treatment and rehabilitation.
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