The Stigma That Cost Me Years of My Life

Amelia.BrownMental health challenges make you weak – don’t seek help because our culture just doesn’t. The stigmas Amelia Brown faced growing up in the Black community may resonate with many of us. From an early age Amelia was taught that as a woman she was expected to hold the family unit together. You are supposed to be Superwoman – she heard them say. Keep your mental or emotional challenges to yourself because you don’t want to appear pathetic. (more…)

Facing Life on Life’s Terms

6e6a87ff-8f2a-4bee-b885-cdf5f1b798fb At 61 years old, Bernard is celebrating 90 days of sobriety – something that he hasn’t experienced since his early teens. As a kid, he found out that the woman he had called mom his whole life was actually his aunt. His cousins were his siblings . And he was left wondering why his mom gave him up and what else his family had been lying to him about. With mixed emotions and an attempt to make sense of his life, Bernard turned to drugs. He began sniffing glue and then eventually at the age of 14, tried heroin for the first time. (more…)

Staff Spotlight: Donna Dampier

DonnaPic Donna Dampier, CATC, first started her journey with Prototypes as a client 20 years ago while facing personal challenges of her own. She was admitted into residential treatment at Prototypes and then transitioned into outpatient. Through the course of her healing she decided she wanted to receive her substance abuse counseling credential and give back to others as Prototypes had done for her. (more…)

Current Openings

Location Los Angeles, California
Title Mental Health Clinician Position #6016
Department Domestic Violence Resource Centers
Hours Full Time
Job Summary

Under the Supervision of the Manager, and as a member of the Prototypes Domestic Violence Resource Centers, the Mental Health Clinician will as well as direct services, education, information and referrals. This position provides direct support to ensure provision of quality client care and effective team performance, as well as provide direct services, education, information and referrals.

Location Los Angeles, California
Title Case Manager Position #6005
Department DV Programs
Hours Full Time
Job Summary

As a member of the Prototypes Domestic Violence Programs, and under the supervision of the Program Manager, Case Manager will provide direct services, education, information and referrals to survivors of domestic violence.

Location Oxnard, California
Title Primary Counselor Position #181-23
Department Residential
Hours Full-time
Job Summary

The Certified Substance Abuse Counselor is the coordinator of community and client services for participants in Prototypes’ Programs. This can include outpatient, residential, or detoxification services in areas of domestic violence, substance abuse and issues of mental health.  Certified Substance Abuse Counselor’s are responsible for the assessment of need and implementation of care plans. It is usual for clients to have ongoing support needs in areas such as housing, employment, social relationships, and community participation. Certified Substance Abuse Counselor will work closely with case managers, counselors, and other health specialists to coordinate and monitor client issues. Often Certified Substance Abuse Counselor work in the group environment.

The underlying responsibilities for Certified Substance Abuse Counselors to the client population include:
assessment of needs
care planning
substance abuse counseling
psycho educational group facilitation
education as needed on a individual basis
information
referral

Location Pasadena, California
Title Case Manager Position #4164
Department Mental Health Services
Hours Full-Time
Job Summary

Responsible for providing case management services. Support and assist consumers in their recovery.

Location Pasadena, California
Title Senior Clinician Position #4025/4027
Department Children’s Program Outpatient Behavioral Health
Hours Full-Time
Job Summary

Responsible for providing individual, family, and group mental health services to clients in assigned programs.

Location Pasadena, California
Title Intake Specialist Position #4011
Department Assessment & Referral
Hours Full-Time
Job Summary

The Intake Specialist provides direct customer service to clients and the community via Prototypes’ Intake Department. This position is responsible for the processing of internal and external treatment referrals, screening clients (in person and over the phone), linkage to the appropriate level of care and the navigation of various insurance procedures for approval of treatment. The intake specialist will directly support staff across sites, clients and the community.

Location Pomona, California
Title IS Specialist I #4063
Department Mental Health Services
Hours Full-Time
Job Summary

Responsible for all IS tasks related to the programs assigned for all DMH programs. Responsible for IS and internal tracking data entry of assigned programs for all DMH programs. Responsible for all IS updates related to assigned programs. Responsible for staff productivity reports. Responsible for reconciliation of assigned programs. Provide front desk coverage when necessary.

Location Pomona, California
Title Manager 1 Position # 4146
Department Outpatient
Hours Full-Time
Job Summary

The primary responsibilities of the Manager I include providing supervision and staff development assistance for all direct reports as assigned by the Director, as well as the oversight of day to day program operations of assigned Prototypes program(s) that represent the Prototypes philosophy, goals, policies, mission and vision. The Manager I is also responsible for other tasks as assigned by the Director which are essential to incorporating the agency’s mission and values into our service delivery. The primary objective of the Manager I is to balance between fiscal responsibilities while providing the highest quality of care. The Manager is responsible for motivating and inspiring a high performing team.

Location Pomona, California
Title On Call Clinician Position # 4147
Department Outpatient
Hours On Call
Job Summary

The On Call staff provides program coverage in outpatient mental health clinical services, which may include providing individual therapy, family, and/or groups to children, transitional age youth, and/or adults as scheduled by Program Supervisor. The On Call staff may be requested to provide services as early as the same day the coverage is needed.

Location Pomona, California
Title On Call Case Manager Position # 4148
Department Outpatient
Hours On Call
Job Summary

The On Call staff provides program coverage in outpatient mental health clinical services, which may include providing individual therapy, family, and/or groups to children, transitional age youth, and/or adults as scheduled by Program Supervisor. The On Call staff may be requested to provide services as early as the same day the coverage is needed.

Location Pomona, California
Title On Call Substance Abuse Counselor Position # 2055
Department Outpatient
Hours On Call
Job Summary

The On Call staff provides program coverage in outpatient substance services, which may include counseling and education to outpatient and/or day treatment clients, case management services, in an individual or group setting. The On Call staff may be requested to provide services as early as the same day the coverage is needed.

Location Pomona, California
Title Supervisor I Position # 4105
Department Outpatient – Intensive Outpatient Mental Health Services
Hours Full-Time
Job Summary

The Supervisor I supervises and manages staff to ensure provision of quality client care and effective team performance to meet agency goals in accordance with Prototypes  philosophy, goals, policies, mission and vision. The primary responsibilities of the Supervisor I are to assist in the process of providing quality client care by providing supervision and staff development for all assigned direct reports within the assigned Prototypes program. The Supervisor I is also responsible for overseeing client care as it relates to staff scheduling, outside agency relations, and other tasks as assigned by the Manager, as well as other daily activities essential to incorporating the agencies mission and values as a part of our service delivery. The primary objective of the Supervisor I is to provide smooth and effective supervision of the staff, assignments and program activities. Supervisor I is responsible for team’s performance.

Location Pomona, California
Title Mental Health Forensic Outreach Peer Advocate Position # 4152
Department Outpatient Behavioral Health
Hours Full-Time
Job Summary

Responsible for collaborating with assigned FOT clinician in provision of jail in-reach and post-release integrated, intensive short-term case management for persons receiving services through existing DMH AB109 providers that require additional assistance for successful linkage to on-going community services and supports upon their release from jail. This position is primarily out-stationed in a jail setting and will attend trainings, supervision, etc. at the home site in Pomona.

Location Pomona, California
Title Mental Health Forensic Outreach Clinician Position # 4151
Department Outpatient Behavioral Health
Hours Full-Time
Job Summary

Responsible for providing jail in-reach and post-release integrated, intensive short-term case management for persons receiving services through existing DMH AB109 providers that require additional assistance for successful linkage to on-going community services and supports upon their release from jail. This position is primarily out-stationed in a jail setting and will attend trainings, supervision, etc. at the home site in Pomona.

Location Pomona, California
Title Supervisor II Position # 4060
Department Outpatient –CRP/CW
Hours Full-Time
Job Summary

The Supervisor II is a licensed professional that supervises and manages staff to ensure provision of quality client care and effective team performance to meet agency goals in accordance with Prototypes philosophy, goals, policies, mission and vision. The primary responsibilities of the Supervisor II are to assist in the process of providing quality client care by providing supervision and staff development for all assigned direct reports within the assigned Prototypes program in addition to providing direct care when needed. The Supervisor II is also responsible for overseeing client care as it relates to staff scheduling, outside agency relations, and other tasks as assigned by the Director, as well as other daily activities essential to incorporating the agencies mission and values as a part of our service delivery. The primary objective of the Supervisor II is to provide smooth and effective supervision of the staff, assignments and program activities which includes program development of assigned program(s). Supervisor II is responsible for team’s performance.

Location Pomona, California
Title Case Manager Position # 4073
Department CalWORKS/ GROW/ Out Patient Behavioral Health
Hours Full-Time
Job Summary

Responsible for providing case management services. Support and assist consumers in their recovery.

Location Pomona, California
Title Supervisor I #4160
Department Outpatient Behavioral Health– Child and PEI Services
Hours Full-Time
Job Summary

The Supervisor I supervises and manages staff to ensure provision of quality client care and effective team performance to meet agency goals in accordance with Prototypes  philosophy, goals, policies, mission and vision. The primary responsibilities of the Supervisor I are to assist in the process of providing quality client care by providing supervision and staff development for all assigned direct reports within the assigned Prototypes program. The Supervisor I is also responsible for overseeing client care as it relates to staff scheduling, outside agency relations, and other tasks as assigned by the Manager, as well as other daily activities essential to incorporating the agencies mission and values as a part of our service delivery. The primary objective of the Supervisor I is to provide smooth and effective supervision of the staff, assignments and program activities. Supervisor I is responsible for team’s performance.

Location Pomona, California
Title Clinical Team Leader Position # 1129, 4137
Department Outpatient Behavioral Health
Hours Full-Time
Job Summary

The Clinical Team Leader is a licensed professional who is expected to provide clinical supervision to staff and assist with the delivery of direct services which may include: clinical assessments, individual, family, and group mental services. The primary responsibilities of the Clinical Team Leader include providing direct client care in a manner which exemplifies Prototypes philosophy, goals, policies, mission and vision, in addition to providing supervision and staff development assistance for all direct reports as assigned by the program Supervisor. The Clinical Team Leader is also responsible for other tasks as assigned by the Supervisor which are essential to incorporating the agency’s mission and values into our service delivery. The primary objective of the Clinical Team Leader is to help ensure the provision of quality client care and effective team performance to meet agency goals.

Location Pomona, California
Title Clinical Director Position #1119
Department Residential
Hours Full Time
Job Summary

Responsible for clinical oversight of day to day program operations of Prototypes’ residential facility. Responsible for ensuring that all clinical services are evidenced based and trauma informed and are provided in a high quality manner, with a focus on outstanding customer service. Demonstrates ownership, leadership and strategic thinking. Able to motivate and inspire high performing teams.

Location Pasadena, California, Pomona, California
Title Senior Clinician Position #4142
Department Outpatient Behavioral Health (CW/GROW/CRP)
Hours Full-Time
Job Summary

Responsible for providing individual, family, and group mental health services to clients in the Community Reintegration Program (CRP), California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) Program and General Relief Opportunities for Work (GROW) Program.

Location Tustin, California
Title Certified Substance Abuse Counselor #5007
Department Residential
Hours Full-Time
Job Summary

Provides individual and group counseling to clients and maintains a caseload of families for whom the counselor takes primary service responsibility.

HealthRIGHT 360 and Prototypes Merge July 1

Prototypes is excited to share the official start of our relationship as the newest member of the HealthRIGHT 360 family, effective July 1.

For the last two and a half months, HealthRIGHT 360 and Prototypes have been working to streamline services and strengthen our combined continuum of care. Together, we can not only expand our footprint across the state, but also make strides toward our vision of truly integrated health care services encompassing primary care, behavioral health, addiction treatment and social services available to everyone. (more…)

California To Revamp Addiction Treatment For Medicaid Recipients

Prototypes’ Eli Veitzer comments on the changes that will allow more Medi-Cal recipients access care for substance use disorders, but with shorter treatment stays. “If their ability to function independently in the community is not addressed, they are likely to relapse,” he said.

Staff Spotlight: Jennifer Roecklein

Jennifer presents Safety Person of the Year Award.
Jennifer Roecklein with the 2015 Safety Person of the Year, Stephanie Canales.
Jennifer Roecklein’s work impacts each client who comes through our doors even though she doesn’t provide treatment services to our clients. Her work in improving quality and safety throughout the organization ensures that our staff can provide the highest quality services to clients in a comfortable, safe and healing environment. Jennifer joined the Prototypes team two years ago and now oversees customer service initiatives, chairs the Health & Safety Committee, assists the quality improvement team and helps lead the Employee Engagement Committee. (more…)

Learning to Be Brave

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Heather and Hallie
Hallie was just four years old when the Department of Children and Family Services removed her from her home. While the specific trauma she experienced is unknown, she now has the support and love that enable her to create new, happy childhood memories. When she was first detained, Hallie received an assessment by the Multidisciplinary Assessment Team, which is a partnership with the Department of Children and Family Services, Department of Mental Health and community providers like Prototypes. This comprehensive assessment helps determine foster home placement and additional services children like Hallie might need. (more…)

Program Highlight: Parent-Child Interactive Therapy

PCITstoryPrototypes aims to meet the varying needs of the families we serve and we are excited to announce the newest treatment program we will be offering at our Pomona Outpatient Behavioral Health Center- Parent Child Interactive Therapy or PCIT. The addition of this specialized, evidence based treatment to our children’s programming was made possible through funding from the Department of Mental Health and First 5 LA and helps parents with children ages 2-5 who have disruptive and challenging behaviors. The unique aspect of the treatment is that parent and child play in a room with a two-way mirror so that the therapist can provide guidance to the parent through an earpiece. Parents learn how to guide and support their children to reinforce positive behavior. (more…)

Prototypes Celebrates Rocksy on Her Retirement

Rocksy“Working at Prototypes has been my life,” shared Rocksy Chenevert. “I would wake up each day excited for what the day would bring.” Altogether, she worked for Prototypes for 19 years at the Pomona Women’s Center. She was the first staff person hired when Prototypes opened its Pomona facility in 1988. “It’s kind of surreal. It’s hard. It’s like leaving home because your heart is still there,” said Rocksy. “The people at Prototypes put in such hard work and I built such strong relationships with my co-workers. The clients also encouraged me and working with them was a constant reminder to stay clean so I could help them. It was a family thing. I’ve seen so many children born at Prototypes, it melts your heart.” (more…)

Staff Spotlight: Dr. Cristina Gomez

Dr.-Cristina-GomezDr. Cristina Gomez, who started working at Prototypes in 2014, loves working in community mental health. She works with clients on public assistance to help them remove barriers to becoming employed. Many of them suffer from depression and anxiety, have histories of trauma and addiction, and are also parents. As a Senior Clinician at Prototypes Pomona Outpatient Behavioral Health Center, she provides therapy to participants with the goal of improving emotional and mental health so they can obtain a job or start school. Due to her commitment to her work and the clients, Dr. Gomez was a recent recipient of Living the Prototypes’ Values Award. (more…)