35 Years of Service to the Community

“Today is a very special day for Social Model Recovery Systems, Inc. In July 1986, the agency took possession of River Community, a property in the San Gabriel Mountains. Our first resident was admitted to our treatment program on this beautiful property on January 30, 1987.” Chris Abernathy, Senior Director of Treatment Services

River Community (a program of Social Model Recovery Systems, Inc.) has been a pioneer in the treatment of co-occurring disorders since 1986, addressing both mental health and substance use issues simultaneously. Co-occurring disorders present unique challenges that we believe can be met successfully.

River Community is in a beautiful mountain setting alongside the San Gabriel River in the Angeles National Forest. We provide a highly structured and empathetic environment that embodies the power of community living as well as personal responsibility. In our 35 years of service, River Community continues to innovate and improve services for our community.

Now, for 35 years, we have been providing services to adults living with Co-Occurring Disorders! The property has a rich history to those in need. In October 2014, President Barrack Obama used his authority under the Antiquities Act to establish 346,177 acres of national forest land in the San Gabriel Mountains in southern California (which River Community is located) as a national monument, permanently protecting the popular outdoor recreation destination to increase access and outdoor opportunities for the area's residents.

We congratulate Program Director, Sarah Tostado, and her team for a bright future of recovery to those in need.