Recent News

Mexican American Culture

Omni Center hosted a Cultural Awareness presentation and shared about the history and culture of Mexico. Stepping Stones, Mid-Valley and River Community were in attendance and all enjoyed a traditional dish, along with candy and sweet bread.

We hope to see you at our next event!

Special Mother's Day Breakfast at Mariposa

This year, a Mother’s Day Breakfast was prepared for the women at Mariposa Recovery Home by Mariposa Staff. The women woke up to a beautiful display of Mother’s Day décor and the smell of breakfast being made. Staff members at Mariposa are especially considerate of this day, because most of the Mariposa residents are women who are fighting to get their children back, and/or they are estranged from their children and may have no chance of having them back in their lives at this time. These women are mothers and should definitely be celebrated, as we know that only the disease of addiction can interfere with the bond between a mother and her child. The Mariposa Staff Members are very grateful to be able to do something special for these residents, to start off their Mother’s Day morning in a positive way.

Western States Opioid Summit

Social Model Recovery Systems, co-sponsored by CCAPP, is excited to be hosting our first Western States Opioid Summit this September. If you are interested in attending or exhibiting, please visit our conference site here


Stepping Stones celebrates Lunar New Year

Stepping Stones was blessed to have Anna Lee give a presentation about the Korean Lunar New Year. Anna shared her family traditions. She showed each resident how to write their name in Korean and each resident was given their zodiac. They also made kites to release old, negative thoughts to the wind. It was a beautiful journey into a culture different from their own.

River Community welcomes Dr. Barbara Dickerson,...

Social Model Recovery Systems had the honor of welcoming Dr. Barbara Dickerson, Mental Health Liaison for Congresswomen Grace F. Napolitano, to River Community located in the Angeles National Forest. Dr. Dickerson was greeted by staff and offered an in-depth tour of River Community by three of our senior residents. After the visit, Dr. Dickerson expressed what a pleasure it was for her to visit and thanked us for offering a great insight and clear overview of the holistic approach of River Community.


Community Meeting with Park Representatives

In January, we met with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP) to urge them to do something about the poor park conditions and share possible solutions. However, RAP wanted to hear from the community members themselves. As a result, we hosted a meeting to continue the discussion. Members of the Coalition shared their public health and safety concerns, which included poor lighting, drug use, public urination, and unsanitary conditions in the restrooms due to feces on the floor and lack of soap access. Although we had a plethora of concerns, we also provided RAP with community-driven solutions and offered our help. As a result, we got commitments to improve lighting at Hollenbeck Park and stock all restrooms with soap. Complex issues, like homeless people living in parks, are harder to tackle and require partnerships. RAP assured us that finding resources for the homeless is their top concern; however, getting people into permanent, supportive housing is not easy due to the housing shortage. RAP representatives agreed to help the CCERP team coordinate future park activities and continue to have a line of communication with our coalition — we are thrilled to get some work done, and see our parks thrive! Once again, our coalition led us to another win.


UCEPP staff member Adelene Bertha was recently recognized by the LA County Department of Public Health for her leadership, support, and commitment to the planning and successful execution of the 2018 Cannabis Summit and Emerging Leaders’ Summit. We salute her as she demonstrates her potential as a strong advocate for prevention!