Recent News

River Community Museum Day

Last week, residents and staff of River Community enjoyed a day at two different museums. To honor Black History Month, we visited the African American History Museum. Residents were able to gain some insight on this culture and the trying obstacles that it has endured over the years. Following this museum, we explored the California Science Center. We were amazed by the Endeavour Spaceship Exhibit. Participants had a lot of fun with the interactive exhibits in the ecosystem portion of the museum. Everyone was very grateful for a fun day out!


LGBTQ+2 Certification

Regional Director Melanie and Program Director Vanessa attended the 3-day LGBTQ+2 Certification in Sacramento, California through Trainer Kristina Padilla of CCAPP. The two were able to learn skills and acquire tools to assist our already dynamic agency into becoming a more LGBTQ+2 agency. They are looking forward to sharing their new found knowledge and skills with the whole agency.

2019 African American Mental Health Conference

This past week, the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health hosted the 2019 African American Mental Health Conference: Engaging and Empowering Communities through Education, Advocacy, and Action. The conference served as a place where individuals of different backgrounds (scholars, mental health professionals, residents, and more) can come together to engage in conversation to increase mental health awareness, improve communities, and provide a greater understanding regarding underserved populations of color. Thank you to Edward Carr and Marvin Gulley, two of the newest members of our Outreach Team, for representing Social Model Recovery Systems at this event.

Mid Valley Outpatient Drug Court Graduation

Congratulations to the 10 participants that dedicated a year or more to their recovery and accomplishing a milestone in their life by getting their cases dismissed. These participants put their recovery first and established a stable foundation for the future. Thank you, Miguel Palos, Social Model Recovery Systems' Board President, for attending this wonderful event. Social Model Recovery Systems would also like to say farewell to Commissioner Jose A. Rodriguez who started the Drug Court Program in 1995 at the El Monte Superior Court. Commissioner Rodriguez truly cares about drug rehabilitation and saving lives due to addiction. On behalf of Social Model Recovery Systems, we would like to extend our gratitude to Commissioner Rodriguez for all your dedication and years of service.

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Last week, Social Model Recovery Systems joined Goodwill Southern CA and other partners at the LA Grand Hotel to discuss the critical role that employment plays in preventing and transitioning individuals out of homelessness. Coalition partners, including local non-profits, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Mayor Eric Garcetti, announced the Everyone Works Campaign, an intentional commitment over the next 3 years, to make employment opportunities available to 15,000 Angelenos experiencing homelessness. We are excited to be a part of this historic effort. Together we can make a difference!

Coalition Partners Include: Downtown Women's Center | New Economics for Women | Social Model Recovery Systems | Homeless Health Care Los Angeles | The Leadership LAB | REDF | #LARISE | Economic & Workforce Development Department | Los Angeles County Workforce Development, Aging & Community Services | Mayor Eric Garcetti | United Way of Greater Los Angeles | Chrysalis | Amistad de Los Angeles - Amity Foundation


Upcoming Trainings!

"The Connection Between Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health in Obtaining Long-Term Stability"

Presenter: Christopher Abernathy, MS

Date: Friday, February 15, 2019

Time: 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Training Location: Community's Child Center- 18807 Crenshaw Pl, Torrance, CA 90504

Cost: Free Training | $20.00 CE Certificate - Please make checks payable to Social Model Recovery Systems or register online HERE


San Gabriel Valley Participant Holiday Party

Social Model Recovery Systems hosted its annual Participant Holiday Party for the San Gabriel Valley region of programs. Participants and families had an opportunity to enjoy a meal together, enjoy each other's presence, and truly get into the Holiday spirit! It was a great event as usual and there were so many children with smiling faces around. For many of the families, this was likely to be the first happy holiday get-together in a long time. As Santa arrived, a loud cheer echoed throughout the room. Participants lined up with their children to receive toys and the excitement could hardly be contained. A special thank you to the LA County Fire Department, Covina Fire Department 154, Toys for Tots, Spark of Love, Big Sunday, Shelter Partnership, Covina Valley Cyclery, and Social Model Recovery Systems Board of Directors and staff for their generous donations that made this event and the upcoming one in Los Angeles possible.