Appropriate screening, assessment, and early intervention are key elements of Martha’s Place. Children referred to Martha’s place undergo a comprehensive assessment of their medical, cognitive, behavioral, social, educational and emotional development as well as parental functioning.

Child Assessment Center of San Luis Obispo County

The Martha’s Place Story


Martha’s Place was created as the result of a community collaborative with San Luis Obispo County, several community agencies, policy makers and community members. The model of care at Martha’s Place is based on the SART (Screening, Assessment, Referral and Treatment) model created by Dr. Ira Chasnoff in Chicago. In January of 2007 Martha’s Place was opened and staff began seeing children in February of 2007.

Originally, CAPSLO was the fiscal and administrative agent for Martha’s Place with staff being provided by CAPSLO and the SLO County Health Agency. In July of 2010 SLO County Behavioral Health took over all oversight and administration of Martha’s Place. Martha’s Place assesses and provides services to over 250 children per year. Our staff is dedicated to providing the highest standard of care in order to help improve the quality of life for children and families in our community.

Martha Johnston continues to be an inspiration to us here at the to Children’s Assessment and Treatment Center.  Her life, though tragically short, exemplifies both the amazing resiliency of youth and an example of the damage drugs and alcohol can have on the unborn child.

It is with great honor that we name the Children’s Assessment Center after Martha Johnston.  It is through her tragic loss that we strive to make a difference in the lives of children.