Recent News

Annual Holiday Party

Just before Christmas, the diverse programs of SMRS came together in the spirit of the Holidays with our annual Holiday party. Not only did current participants in our programs have the opportunity to break bread, but a number of Alumni turned out for the event. This sober holiday festivity for many of our participants may be the closest thing to a family celebration they have known in years. It is truly heart-warming to see the feelings of gratitude, fellowship and enthusiasm for recovery that this gathering facilitates. To ensure that the children of our participants don't go without, Santa personally hands out toys to all of the children. This year the Agency continued to ensure that age appropriate toys were available for the often overlooked teenage children. Presents for the teens included bicycles and MP3 players.

A New Sign for a New Year!

Mid Valley Outpatient is delighted that our new sign was installed just in time for the new year. We are now easily visible from the street, providing easier access to members of the community. Happy New Year from the staff and participants of Mid Valley Outpatient!


Happy Holidays from the Touchstones Treatment Team!

Recent Graduate visited Touchstones while home...

James Napoles recently visited Touchstones while home for Christmas break from Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. James successfully completed treatment and “Coined Out” at Touchstones on October 15, 2009. James shared his experience, strength and hope with current residents. He talked of some of the challenges of being a sober male in a university and how he has been able to use the strategies he learned as a resident at Touchstones to hold him in good stead and serve as a role model for his peers at the university, which was founded in 1884 with 22 students. James talked with Touchstones Program Director, Patti Ochoa, of the growth and changes of Haskell over the 127 years it has been serving men and women from federally recognized tribes from across the United States. James will spend the holidays with his father on the reservation in Bishop, California, and return to school after the holidays.

Project T.O.U.C.H.” (Trust, Outreach,...

River Community Covina and Wellness Center Programs are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the Rose Hills Foundation. The funds will be used for “Project T.O.U.C.H.” (Trust, Outreach, Understanding, Change, and Hope) which will allow the programs to provide services for indigent participants who otherwise may not be able to afford treatment. This is truly a great holiday season for the Agency.

Out of Loss comes Recovery...

Jennifer R. and Daniel N. entered Mid Valley Outpatient on May 2, 2011, after losing their daughter to DCFS, and successfully completed treatment this week. Jennifer and Daniel participated in weekly substance abuse groups and parenting classes and also developed a sober support system in the community. Jennifer recently began working at the Los Angeles Mission downtown, and Daniel is actively looking for work in the substance abuse treatment field. The couple also recently purchased a car and moved into their own apartment. Best of all, they regained custody of their daughter, Adriana.

In acknowledging Mid Valley, Jennifer said, “The opportunities at Mid Valley made the difference in successfully regaining custody of my daughter and putting my life back together. I don’t know if I would have been able to do this without their support.”

Thanksgiving dinner baskets to provide meals for...

Following a tradition of the last 15 years, the staff of El Monte Superior Court put together Thanksgiving dinner baskets to provide meals for families in need in the Mid Valley Outpatient COURT Program. The participants receiving the food were very grateful to be the recipients of the baskets and to know that people do care. One participant stated “that if it wasn’t for this program and the opportunity to change lives, many addicts wouldn’t get to be spending Thanksgiving with their families, and for that alone many should be grateful.”

And Natures brings down a local legend.

The fury of the 85 mph winds on the last night of November, brought down one of our few, precious skid row trees. This was certainly one of our older trees as evidenced by its thickly inter-twined branches and large trunk, not to mention the enormous shade it provided to community members as well as local drug dealers. They say “around a flowering tree, one finds many insects”.  Here we found that and more with this fallen member of the community. It is a bittersweet moment as this great giant’s shade hugged our hearts and fed our lungs. Thank you for the cool shade and happy days. We will miss you.