Recent News

"From Underage Drinking to Addiction"

Laguna Treatment Hospital hosted a special community event called "From Underage Drinking to Addiction: Stories and Stats We Can't Ignore." This event focused on bringing awareness to underage drinking in our community through powerful stories of those whose addiction started in adolescence. There was also a Q&A session with local experts on prevention efforts, local resources, and the warning signs every parent should know. Fantastic job to our Touchstones Program Director, Sylvia Reed-Drake, LMFT, for speaking on this panel of experts!

Click here to view the live stream of this panel (57:24)

Social Model Recovery Systems would like to thank Laguna Treatment Hospital for inviting us to have a booth and speak on the panel at this event.

Substance Use Disorders & Mental Health: "One Community, One Voice, Connecting Communities and Increasing Awareness and Access to Care"

Enjoy raffles, booths, networking, light breakfast, and refreshments. This is a perfect opportunity for networking with different booths and organizations who will be providing information and resources of services available to the community.

WHEN: Thursday, May 9, 2019  |  8:00am-12:30pm

WHERE: The Foundation Center - 11633 S. Western Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90047

REGISTER: Lori Smith - or 626.332.3145 ext. 272

3-Hour CEH available $20.00
Social Model Recovery Systems is an accredited CEH provider for CCAPP, CAADE, CADTP, and the California Board of Registered Nursing.


Dr. Harrell-Sims is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Harrell Kagler Interventions, Inc., an organization that serves families and communities by using research and holistic methodologies, as well as training community stakeholders to ensure equity and equality in treatment. She is a holistic life coach and a well sought out mentor. She received her Doctorate in Human Services, with a specialization on Family Studies and Intervention Strategies, where her dissertation Parental Knowledge of Domestic Minor Sex trafficking among African American Parents was the exemplar study and first research on African American families and sexual exploitation.

Judy Redman serves as the Director of Education for Social Model Recovery Systems. She has served in the Substance Use Disorders and Co-Occurring Counseling field for 17 years. She has been a Professor and Educator in the field of addiction studies since 2004 and serves on the Board of Directors for the California Association of Alcohol & Drug Educators (CAADE).


Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Summit 2019

Social Model Recovery Systems was recently invited to have a booth at the API Wellness Summit 2019: "Sharing Our Stories of Resilience." This summit, hosted by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Asian Pacific Islander UsCC (Underserved Cultural Communities) Subcomittee, brought together API consumers, family members, community members, and mental health and allied professionals, to improve awareness regarding mental health issues and their impact on API consumers, families, and communities. The morning featured a keynote address by Leo Lishi Huang, API UsCC Subcommittee Cho-Chair and a play called "StanD" by Christopher Belen Aguilar, which was inspired by his own experience with bipolar disorder and how his Filipino-American family learned to help. The afternoon included an API Consumer and Family Member Panel, where recovery stories were shared, and 6 diverse workshops on a variety of topics that impact API consumers, family members, and community members. We were honored to collaborate on this event and to connect and bring awareness to individuals in the API community.



In observance of Mental Health Awareness Month this May, YOURDMH SERVICE AREA 3 is sponsoring the San Gabriel Valley Rises Art Exhibit

We are seeking creative, original art that address mental health and mental wellbeing experienced by the artist, someone close to them, or any related topic. Youth (up to age 14), young adults (14-24), and adults are encouraged to participate. Art will be displayed at the San Gabriel Valley Rises Art Show on MAY 9, 2019, 10:00AM - 3:00PM at the MASONIC CENTER FOR YOUTH AND FAMILIES, 1650 E. OLD BADILLO STREET #B3, COVINA, CA 91724


  • Art should express the experience of living with mental illness, supporting a family member or friend with mental illness, or a related topic.
  • Entries can be paint, photography, or sculptures.
  • Entries may be typed or handwritten.
  • You may submit more than one are piece but no more than 3 per person.


To be considered, each entry should include the following:

  • Name, age, address, phone number, and email address (if available).
  • We will only contact you if your poem is chosen to request permission to display your work entrants may ask that their work be posted anonymously.

To submit artwork, please contact LAVON ROBINSON @ 626.332.7788 or LAVONR@SOCIALMODEL.COM.

Chalk Art for Autism

Stepping Stones spent the day at the Covina Chalk Art Festival in support of autism. Both staff and residents have been blessed with children who have autism and we love to support this event. This year, one of our residents got into the action and created some art herself.  Social Model Recovery Systems was also given the opportunity to have a booth at this festival. Many thanks to the City of Covina for hosting this event!

"Be Relentless": Norma Bastidas

Some of our residents of Royal Palms attended "Be Relentless," a documentary screening to hear the phenomenal Norma Bastidas, ultramarathoner, record-setting triathlete, and human trafficking survivor, share her epic journey that began in Cancun, Mexico and ended in Washington D.C. Norma completed the world's longest triathlon with one mission in mind-- to combat human trafficking and empower thousands of survivors across the world. In his own words, one of our residents expressed the tremendous impact Norma made on his road to recovery.

Danny Trejo Speaks at Touchstones

Thank you, Danny Trejo and Mario Castillo, for taking the time to visit Touchstones Adolescent Residential Treatment Program in Orange, CA to speak about your journey through recovery. Your story and words of hope and inspiration will resonate in their minds for years to come!