Mission & History

Prototypes’ mission is to rebuild the lives of women, children and communities impacted by substance abuse, mental illness and domestic violence. We promote self-sufficiency while ensuring safety and shelter for those in need.

We set the standard for comprehensive, integrated, evidence-based services. Our team of top professionals and dedicated staff provide residential and outpatient addiction treatment, detoxification, mental health services, prevention and education, vocational training and parenting support for men, women and children.

We are proud to be a reason that thousands of individuals in our communities are now leading healthy, productive lives.

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HISTORY

1986: Prototypes is founded with the goal of changing treatment for women and their children.
Founders Vivian Brown, PhD, and Maryann Fraser, LCSW, MBA, establish a new form of social service organization designed to promote health and psychosocial well-being on an individual, family and organizational level through health, mental health and substance use disorder services. Their mission is to develop innovative models of service delivery that are gender-responsive and integrated to meet all of a woman’s health needs while recognizing her important role as a mother.

1988: Prototypes’ Pomona Women’s Center begins offering treatment.
The Center provides residential treatment for women at risk for co-occurring mental illness, substance use disorders, trauma and chronic health conditions such as HIV/AIDS. This first-of-its-kind model allows women to keep their children with them while they undergo comprehensive treatment services.

1989: Prototypes offers women-focused AIDS prevention and outreach programs.
Prototypes is one of the first agencies in the United States to offer AIDS prevention and outreach programs specifically targeted to women at risk. These model programs are later expanded to include communities throughout Los Angeles County.

1990-91: Josette Mondanaro Women’s Resource Center opens in Pomona.
The Resource Center provides ongoing training for substance use disorder treatment organizations and other service providers in Los Angeles County. This includes developing a Cross-Training Project on HIV/AIDS training to increase healthcare professionals’ knowledge and awareness of effective education, prevention and intervention strategies for treating HIV/AIDS, particularly as it relates to substance use, mental illness, domestic violence, trauma and other health concerns. The program also highlights emerging trends and new research data.

1992: Prototypes’ Oxnard Women’s Center opens.
Prototypes expands its nationally recognized behavioral healthcare services to Ventura County.

1994: Prototypes develops the first of three multi-service centers for women living with HIV/AIDS.
The centers provide women with counseling and education about HIV/AIDS in their communities, at medical centers and at Prototypes locations.

1997: Prototypes works with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to operate the Community Prisoner Mother Program (CPMP).
The goal of CPMP is to provide a safe, stable and stimulating environment for women currently serving time in California’s prison system. Focused on early child/parent bonding, the program allows mothers who are pregnant or who have children under the age of 6 to serve their sentence at Prototypes. The program reunites mothers with their child(ren) and prevents the separation of mothers from their infants and young children at birth, while promoting family bonding and strengthening.

1999: STAR House opens for battered women with co-occurring disorders.
Modeled after our Women’s Centers in Pomona and Oxnard, STAR House Transitional Domestic Violence Shelter provides women and their children with a confidential location in which they receive wide-ranging services for substance use, mental health and domestic violence while remaining safe from the trauma of domestic violence.

2000: Prototypes begins serving men.
Prototypes continues to develop services that meet the special needs of women and their children and, in response to community requests, several of its programs expand to serve the needs of men.

2000: Prototypes manages the I-CAN mental health program.
Prototypes begins providing outpatient mental health services for men, women and children through I-CAN, expanding to include innovative mental health programs targeting adolescents and transitional-aged youth with mental health and co-occurring disorders.

2001: Prototypes’ Pomona outpatient program opens.
Developed as a comprehensive services program for individuals with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders, the program expands to include services aimed at preventing adolescent substance use, child abuse and infant mortality. At the same time, Prototypes begins providing comprehensive assessment and referral services throughout the San Gabriel Valley at its locations in El Monte, Pasadena and Pomona.

2006: The S. Mark Taper Foundation Family Living Center opens in Pomona.
A new, affordable, 32-unit housing complex on the grounds of Prototypes’ Pomona Women’s Center provides both transitional and permanent housing under one roof. Homes are built around a courtyard area, creating an environment that fosters community and caring and reduces the likelihood of isolation.

2007: Prototypes begins providing services for the Women’s Second Chance Re-Entry Court program in Los Angeles County.
Through an innovative partnership with the Los Angeles County Criminal Courts, Probation, District Attorney, Public Defender and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Prototypes begins providing services for some of the most high-risk and high-need women in the organization’s history.

2009: Services are offered at the Tustin Family Campus.
In partnership with the Proposition 10 Commission, The Children and Families Commission of Orange County, and Orange County Social Services Agency, Prototypes provides supportive treatment and transitional housing for 15 mothers and their children who commit to live an alcohol- and drug-free lifestyle. The program provides counseling, substance use treatment, life skills training and other services designed to promote an independent, self-sufficient life.

2011: Prototypes expands its services for women.
Prototypes once again expands its services to meet emerging community needs. Expanded services include detoxification at its Oxnard program. In addition, Prototypes begins accepting insurance payment and self-pay for clients who do not meet criteria for government funding.

2012: A group of young professionals establishes the Prototypes Partners.
The Partners is a group of volunteers who dedicate their time to raising funds and awareness for Prototypes. They host Prototypes’ signature event, Celebrating Mothers.

2014: CARF awards Prototypes a three-year accreditation.
This internationally recognized accreditation affirms Prototypes’ longstanding dedication and commitment to high-quality services and improving the lives of the clients served.

2015: Prototypes launches Resolve Recovery.
In response to a need for affordable treatment services for women, Prototypes launches Resolve Recovery. This program offers residential treatment and detoxification for women who do not qualify for government-funded programs but cannot afford the high cost of private treatment.

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Today: Prototypes operates sites throughout Southern California, annually serving more than 10,000 women, men and children. With a proven model of integrated social services, Prototypes has evolved into one of the nation’s leading behavioral healthcare organizations and a “prototype” for other such organizations.