Recent News

Clearing the Wreckage of the Past

Martin Winfield spoke to several of our staff about exemptions, expungements, and reunifications. This meeting was held at Royal Palms. Mr. Winfield, an attorney, originally reached out to our agency to see if there was a way he can volunteer some time to speak with program participants about clearing up legal issues. Many of these types of issues serve as barriers to participants and their families. This was an introductory meeting that helped staff get to know Mr. Winfield and served as a Q&A session. He will be coming out to speak with Social Model Recovery Systems participants at several of the programs soon. We appreciate his willingness to volunteer his time and help our participants clear the wreckage of their past.

Veterans Day at Bimini

Today program staff and residents gathered and spent the day expressing gratitude for our Veteran men and women for their service to our country. On this very special day our doors were open to friends, family and the community to honor not only our veteran residents and staff but all men and women who have served and sacrificed for our country. We had an incredible meal prepared by our amazing kitchen crew and truly enjoyed our day together.


Royal Palms Program Director Elected to CCAPP...

Michael R. Barnes, Royal Palms Program Director, recently won election to the California Consortium of Addiction Programs & Professionals (CCAPP) Board of Directors. Michael was inducted as an individual member to the Board at CCAPP’s Third Annual Conference in San Diego on October 26th. He will represent Los Angeles.

Prior to his accepting this post, Michael was nominated by our Executive Director, Jim O’Connell, and subsequently elected to the California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources (CAARR) Board. He served on the CAARR/CAADAC Transition Committee.

Michael has a B.A. in Mass-Media Communications and is a proud 2004 graduate of the CAARR Institute where he was certified as a CAS I Drug and Alcohol Counselor. Today, he holds a CADC-II, ICADC with more than 20 years’ experience in the field of addiction. Throughout his AOD career, he has specialized in securing Adult Education, Computer Skills, Occupational Training and Life Skills programming for recovering men and women through grant-writing, outreach and community collaboration. His primary focus will be to advocate and help provide access to more affordable evidenced-based CEU trainings, educational opportunities and professional development for all certified and registered members of CCAPP’s District 4 region.

Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor, Michael...

River Community, Residential Treatment for Adults with Co-Occurring Disorders, is very proud to announce that one of our team has passed his CATC exam, and is now Michael Fabacher, CATC-I !

Mr. Fabacher has worked very hard for the last two years going to school, working, and being a devoted family man. Mike is a positive role model to our residents and great example of what can be accomplished with a little hard work and determination. Great job Mike!


NAMI Success!

Although we did not meet our goal of $10,000, the success lies in our contribution to a cause that will forever be vital as long as man exists on this planet. Many thanks to Team SMRS 16 for continuing to strive to uplift the hearts and give a voice to those who seem to be silenced.

Next year is just around the corner!

Team Captain

Congratulations Jessica Wilson

Social Model Recovery Systems very own Jessica Wilson decided to jump into the River of our Community with aspirations of becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and on October 27th, the Board of Behavioral Sciences in Sacramento California confirmed this most auspicious accomplishment. Congratulations Ms. Jessica Wilson, your hard work and perseverance are qualities to imitate here at River Community Wellness.

Sober Birthdays at Pasadena Council on Alcoholism...

Pasadena Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence celebrate Sobriety Birthdays the last Wednesday of every month. In October, we celebrated two participants (Heidy and Elisa) with 1 year sobriety each! Participants shared their experience, strength and hope with their peers, encouraging them to stay with the program, so that they too can experience the gift of recovery! We are so proud of these women for taking it One Day at a Time!