Cary Quashen has dedicated over 30 years of his life reaching troubled teens and dysfunctional families with the objectives to pass his personal recovery experiences with drug and alcohol to the youth of today while providing evaluation, assessments and interventions to parents, school districts and the juvenile justice system. He has become a nationally recognized expert working with adolescents. Since 1978, Cary has been working in the field of behavioral, alcohol and drug treatment for teens. He developed and operated the successful AVALON treatment programs. Cary has acted as a consultant to several behavioral health programs including Loma Linda Hospital, Anacapa Hospital , Van Nuys Hospital, Ingleside Hospital and Focus Healthcare program in Ohio.
In 1989, Cary founded ACTION: A Parent and Teen Support Program. A non-profit organization, ACTION has assisted countless families in Southern California and the Santa Clarita Valley.
“Action Family Counseling has really taken off,” said Quashen. “We have 14 facilities now and 100 plus beds for adults. “
On Tuesday June 19th more than 100 people attended Action Family Zone's grand opening here in Santa Clarita. Action Family Zone is a place for teens ages 13-17 and their families to have a safe place to hang out and have fun. The Zone features a music studio, an art studio, pool tables, ping-pong tables, video games, a computer center and a TV lounge. Every week different community speakers come to teach and advise on a variety of topics.