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NAMI California Annual Conference 2019

Social Model Recovery Systems gratefully participated as an exhibitor at NAMI California’s 2019 Statewide Conference held this year in Newport Beach. NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) is a grassroots organization of families and individuals whose lives have been affected by serious mental illness which has partnered with Social Model Recovery Systems for multiple decades. This year’s plenary sessions and workshop topics focused on early intervention and prevention, advocacy, family wellness, best practices for treatment providers, and criminal justice. Many visitors to the booth remarked at the agency’s variety of offerings, specifically noting interest in referring their loved ones to SMRS’s treatment programs for those with co-occurring disorders. We look forward to continuing to nurture our relationship with NAMI and hopefully participating in next year’s event!

Prevention and Culture: Understanding Latino...

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The prevention team showcased their work to more than 200 participants from around the world, who entered the webinar room and took part in an hour-long webinar titled: Understanding Latino Cultural Health Behaviors and the Role of Women, hosted by the National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA). Staff shared findings from our focus groups that are informing our prevention strategies that focus on the role of women. Staff aimed to help participants understand the importance of how culture and community context influence risk, availability and consumption of prescription (Rx) and over the counter medication (OTC) in Boyle Heights, a predominately Mexican/Mexican-American community. Special attention was given to the vital role Latina women play in ensuring familial health needs are met, as well as the importance of considering the challenges and richness of this population when developing health promoting strategies. Staff stressed the need to identify cultural factors, in this case to better understand why there is a preference for medicines from the United States vs. those from their native country. The webinar also focused on the prominent role of pharmacies and botanicas, as they play a critical role in access to health care. Moreover, they are an essential element of Latino culture, especially for those that are unable to access Western forms of health care due to lack of health insurance, high cost and/or immigration status.

The opportunity to participate in this webinar came as a result from our recent presentation at the 29th Annual Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, National Leadership Forum. At the conference, staff had the privilege to share findings from our Rx and OTC focus groups and connect with the associate director for NLBHA who invited us to collaborate and participate in this webinar.

"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!