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The "Spirit of Recovery" Award...

Our very own Mike Schaub, Senior Director of Community Relations, was recognized and honored today as this year's Joseph L. Galletta "Spirit of Recovery" Award Recipient.

Dr. Joseph L. Galletta was a man who touched many lives at some point on their road to recovery. He was truly an addiction treatment pioneer. He was one of the first physicians to become certified in the new field of Addiction Medicine in 1983. Dr. Galleta was a man of great generosity, giving freely of his time and resources for the simple reward of helping. On many occasions, Dr. Galletta provided services to countless individuals regardless their ability to pay and also provided his time servicing on the boards of various facilities and organizations free of charge. His trademark positive attitude and optimistic outlook was an encouragement to all who knew him.

Presented by Hemet Valley Recovery Center, this great honor was a tribute to both the amazing work done by Dr. Galletta and Mike Schaub, an individual who's work emulates such a spirit and dedication to the field of recovery.

Mike Schaub has been recognized today as a man who embodies and demonstrates a dedication to the 12 step philosophy, leadership in the recovery field, the encouragement of others, and the promotion of sober lifestyles. 

Mike, thank you for your continued dedication and leadership! Congratulations!

Flavored Tobacco

The Tobacco-Free Partnership Maywood/Montebello has created an informational video on flavored tobacco. To learn more, please click on the video below.

Senate Bill 793

The Tobacco-Free Partnership Maywood/Montebello has created an informational video on Senate Bill 793. To learn more, please click on the video below.

Mariposa & Stepping Stones

Mariposa and Stepping Stones provide comprehensive residential drug and alcohol treatment for women (and women with children) in a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment. Based on a social model philosophy, we believe that abstinence from drugs and alcohol is but a beginning. Anger Management, Parenting, Relapse Prevention, Domestic Violence Prevention and Family Reunification are also integral parts of the treatment process. Groups and individual sessions are facilitated by certified counselors. Additional linkages to mental health and medical services are provided as needed.

Red Ribbon Week 2020

Our Social Model Recovery Systems programs have been showing their support by creating some awareness surrounding Red Ribbon Week. We have turned our facilities red, wore red ribbons, and shared the history with our staff and residents. Residents at River Community created Pledge Cards and Mid Valley Outpatient created a Red Ribbon Week wall. Red Ribbon Week has been a reminder of how communities can pull together to battle against drugs and promote drug-free lives!

SMRS Staff Highlight: Manwell Green

"On August 13, 2007, I checked in to the Bimini Recovery Center. After other attempts to stay sober in my past, I decided to try one more time. This time, I was going to do whatever the program instructed, because my way was not working. Was it easy? No, but I had great people around me that would not give up on me and refused to let me give up on myself. As I started to gain a true understanding of what I suffered from and a willingness to help others, I began to believe that I could recover and I could live my life free of addiction. Then, I was given a chance to be a volunteer and later given an opportunity to work at the very same recovery center that changed my life. Now, I have over 13 years of sobriety. I know that it’s all due to programs like Mary Lind Recovery Centers and Social Model Recovery Systems that had a desire to care for my life even when I didn’t. I am and will be forever grateful."

Creating Change in Local Covina City Politics

The Tobacco-Free Partnership Covina/West Covina, a program of Social Model Recovery Systems, was cordially invited by the mayor pro tem of Covina to present on the public health issue of secondhand smoke on October 20th, 2020.

Staff alongside our youth leaders presented the dangers of secondhand smoke, tobacco waste, and healthy alternatives to smoking. The images shared were taken during our virtual Summer Photovoice Art Workshops. Members of the Covina City Council strongly supported introducing a policy that would remedy secondhand smoke in multi-unit housing. Members of our Stamp Out Smoke (SOS) Covina Coalition showed their support during public comment. Join us in celebrating the health and wellness of future generations who will hopefully breathe easier and live longer from these efforts.

To view the video: 
1) Visit the website:
2) Click on the link to the October 20th 2020 meeting or copy and paste the link below to your browser:
3) Click on “Presentation D” button and it will jump to our presentation.