Recent News

Manifestation Boards at Rena B

A manifestation board is made up of a collection of things residents want to bring into their life. It can be something material, emotional, physical, or spiritual, or a mixture of all of those things. You can create a very specific board, for example, to attract and manifest the ideal relationship, or maybe a personal board representing who you would like to become in the future.

A manifestation board, or "vision" board, is a creative project. One of the concepts is to empower the residents, while another is how they can create their own reality. This is a great exercise to do personally or in a group. It is exciting to watch them look through all the magazines, as their creative sides emerge and they compile their thoughts and visions onto the board to reveal their stories.

Thank you to our staff member, Brandon James, for facilitating this session and capturing the beautiful photographs below.

Welcome Senate Candidate Susan Rubio!

Social Model Recovery Systems had a pleasant visit today by Senate candidate Susan Rubio. Susan, a full-time school teacher, is running a grassroots campaign and is currently serving on the council for the City of Baldwin Park. Raised in Los Angeles, Susan's heart and focus is with the struggling and under-served population. Her interest lies in the attempt to fight for funding for the programs that provide services such as those provided by Social Model Recovery Systems. We want to give a big THANK YOU to Susan for taking time out of her demanding schedule with the upcoming elections to visit our office to learn a little bit about Social Model Recovery Systems and the services we provide. We look forward to having her come back to tour our individual programs after the November elections.

WSOS 2018: A successful inaugural event!

Social Model Recovery Systems and the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) hosted the Western States Opioid Summit  on September 19-21, 2018 at the Anaheim Convention Center. We would like to express our gratitude for all the wonderful speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors who supported this conference.


Keynote Speaker: Danny Trejo

Keynote Speaker Jodi Barber, Judy Redman (Director of Education & Training, Social Model Recovery Systems), Bruce Boardman (CEO, Social Model Recovery Systems)

Miguel Palos (Board President, Social Model Recovery Systems)

Keynote Speakers: Mel Pohl, MD (Chief Medical Officer, Las Vegas Recovery Center) and Donald Kurth, MD, MBA, MPA, DFASAM (Medical Director, Social Model Recovery Systems)

Speaker Daniel Headrick, MD (Medical Director & Owner, Tres Vistas Recovery and Headrick Medical Center), Josie Herndon (Addiction Therapeutic Services), and Mike Schaub (Social Model Recovery Systems)

Social Model Recovery Systems Employees: John Catania, Kelsey Moncada, and Mack Tolle

Lauren Mathews (Social Model Recovery Systems), Melissa Morales (Social Model Recovery Systems), Tamara Jimenez (Orange County Recovery Collaboration), Danielle Kelley (Social Model Recovery Systems)

Pete Nielsen (CEO, CCAPP), Speaker Wesley Geer (Founder, CEO, Rock To Recovery), and Kristina Padilla (Education Director, CCAPP)

Social Model Recovery Systems Employees: Dina Cruz and Socorro Chacon

Social Model Recovery Systems Employees: Larissa Jones, Chris Abernathy, and Jimmy Byrne

Speakers Sergeant Gustavo Marroquin and Detective Mike Margolis (both of the Los Angeles Police Department), with Matt Bloesch (Fairfield Police Department), Judy Redman, and Officers Johnny Dodson and Rich Armond (both of the Long Beach Police Department)

Speaker Evan Fewsmith (Founder and President, Pacific Solstice), Rachel Hoover (Pacific Solstice), and Speaker Tom Buckley, CADC II, BSW (COO, Pacific Solstice)

Jim O'Connell (Former CEO, Social Model Recovery Systems), Kim O'Connell, and Speaker Mitch Cherness (Orange County Health Care Agency)



Royal Palms at Let's Make A Deal

The men of Royal Palms were excited to be a part of the Let’s Make a Deal game show. They all had a fantastic time experiencing a game show while being sober. Some of the men had never been to a game show before. Enthusiastic discussions were heard around the house by residents hoping to attend another show.

Reorganizing SMRS Management

As Social Model Recovery Systems has grown exponentially in the past few years, Senior Management has realized a need for restructuring the organization at the upper levels so that work flow can be managed more efficiently. We believe that the new structure will support the continued growth of the agency as we move forward through the changes within the whole field of recovery services. We would like to congratulate Felipe Kaiser and Melanie Arellano as they started their new positions this month. Felipe Kaiser has been named Regional Director of San Gabriel Valley Programs while Melanie Arellano has been named as Regional Director of Los Angeles Programs. Both individuals possess many years of experience within treatment and have exhibited the leadership skills to guide successful teams. Another change that comes with this new structure is Screening and Assessment Department being taken under the wing of Treatment Services and Recovery Bridge Housing under Community Relations. We look forward to seeing how the changes will promote further opportunities so that we can continue reaching those in need of our services.


SMRS Board of Directors Announcement

We would like to congratulate Miguel Palos as he stepped into his new role as SMRS Board President this month. Miguel has been an active Board Member since 2016 and many of you may have seen him at various events. He is passionate, dedicated, and knowledgeable about the recovery field and we look forward to his leadership in the Board of Directors. We would also like to thank Jerry Brown for his years of service as Board President. We are grateful for all that he has done while in office and happy that he will continue to serve on the Board of Directors as a Board Member. The next time you see them, please don’t hesitate to congratulate Miguel in his new role as President and thank Jerry for his service as our past President and continued commitment to the agency. We are able to do the work that we do because we have a Board of Directors that believes in the work that we do.