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We’re sharing news, updates and stories on our mission to ensure that all families have access to treatment and support to overcome a challenge of a lifetime.

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.

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The Stigma That Cost Me Years of My Life

Mental 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

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

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.

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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.

You can read the full story on Kaiser Health News.

Staff Spotlight: Jennifer Roecklein

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

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

Prototypes 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

“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 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…)

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