Recent News

Reorganizing SMRS Management

As Social Model Recovery Systems has grown exponentially in the past few years, Senior Management has realized a need for restructuring the organization at the upper levels so that work flow can be managed more efficiently. We believe that the new structure will support the continued growth of the agency as we move forward through the changes within the whole field of recovery services. We would like to congratulate Felipe Kaiser and Melanie Arellano as they started their new positions this month. Felipe Kaiser has been named Regional Director of San Gabriel Valley Programs while Melanie Arellano has been named as Regional Director of Los Angeles Programs. Both individuals possess many years of experience within treatment and have exhibited the leadership skills to guide successful teams. Another change that comes with this new structure is Screening and Assessment Department being taken under the wing of Treatment Services and Recovery Bridge Housing under Community Relations. We look forward to seeing how the changes will promote further opportunities so that we can continue reaching those in need of our services.


SMRS Board of Directors Announcement

We would like to congratulate Miguel Palos as he stepped into his new role as SMRS Board President this month. Miguel has been an active Board Member since 2016 and many of you may have seen him at various events. He is passionate, dedicated, and knowledgeable about the recovery field and we look forward to his leadership in the Board of Directors. We would also like to thank Jerry Brown for his years of service as Board President. We are grateful for all that he has done while in office and happy that he will continue to serve on the Board of Directors as a Board Member. The next time you see them, please don’t hesitate to congratulate Miguel in his new role as President and thank Jerry for his service as our past President and continued commitment to the agency. We are able to do the work that we do because we have a Board of Directors that believes in the work that we do.


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Volleyball Game in the Park

Rena B, Bimini, Stepping Stones, Mariposa, Royal Palms, Omni Center, PCADD, River Community Residential, River Covina/Wellness and Mid Valley Outpatient attended this fun event at Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park. The residents appeared to be more engaged. They facilitated volleyball teams, mixed and mingled with participants from different programs, went hiking, and visited the beach in the park. Staff served lunch for the participants, which consisted of sandwiches, spinach, potato salad, cheese, baked potato chips, mixed fresh fruit, watermelon slices, pineapple slices, and water. It was amazing to see the participants come together, excitedly laughing and engaged in the activities. Not one person was left behind.

Korean Cultural Celebration

Touchstone hosted a Cultural Awareness presentation and shared about the history and culture of Korea. We learned about the uniqueness of the Korean culture and their ideology when it comes to addressing addiction and mental health. The residents and those who attended the event were treated to a traditional Korean dishes, such as kalbi and japchae, for lunch. The residents and the staff also learned how to spell their names in Korean and make word art out of fans.

We hope to see you at our next event!


Mariposa staff and residents celebrated Juneteenth. Residents filled their poster boards with quotes, pictures, and history. We learned that the significance of Juneteenth is the emancipation of the last remaining enslaved people in the United States. Juneteenth is also called Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. After the presentation, we enjoyed a delicious dinner that included fried chicken, baked macaroni, potato salad, and pork beans. To some of our residents, it was their first time celebrating Juneteenth.  

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!