Phoenix House Academy Hosts Open House for Community Members

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Ida 1Phoenix House Academy in Los Angeles held a public open house  for interested community members on July 24. Over 70 representatives from local agencies joined us for a day replete with lectures, tours, food, and promotional handouts. There were many opportunities to network and become acquainted with Phoenix  House services. Visitors attended presentations delivered by Phoenix House clinicians, public officials, law enforcement representatives, and other subject matter experts.

Community leaders were ardent to share their expertise with representatives of various Los Angeles-based behavioral and mental health agencies and other attendees. Johnny Higginson of Shadow Hills Riding Club opened the series of presentations with a discussion of the Benefits of Equine Therapy in Treating Addiction, a new component of our Short Stay program for teens at the Phoenix Houses of Los Angeles. Chevvy Cheung from the Department of Mental Health delivered a speech about Transition Aged Youth and Available Services. Officer Charles Chacon, a former DEA Agent and a LAPD Officer, spoke about the Mission Hills Division. Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles’ own Dr. Jonathan Whitfield, the Medical Director of the Academy, cautioned the audience of the rise of new drugs with a speech about Spice and Other Drug Trends in the Adolescent Population. In closing, Judge Morton Rochman from the Sylmar Juvenile Court shared an examination of the Modern Juvenile Delinquency Court.

Cheung 2Facility tours, guided by current residents, showcased the outstanding programs and services available at our Lake View Terrace location.  This included a review of our male and female residential programs, including the short-stay unit; new and supportive services like equine therapy, art therapy, and yoga; the onsite fully-accredited school; and our outpatient mental health, outpatient, and intensive outpatient substance abuse services.

We would like to thank the following individuals for their hard work in planning and running the event: Wanda Nelson and the residents (who did a wonderful job getting the unit ready), Jacob, Joe, Rob Regis, Cristina Kula, Cynthia Castillo, Liz, Brenda, Julio, John Morabito, Armen Youssefians, Laren Duerson, Natalia  Sanchez, Renzo Roel, Patricia Esquivel, Veronica De Lara, Kaitlyn, Brooke Clark, Lisa Syring, Amy Sphar, Errol Small, Edna Rosillo, and Maja Trochimczyk. A special thank you to Michelle Rollens who was integral in making the entire event a success, and Mary-Ann Kubal and Lizeth Garcia for their continued help. Last but not least, a big thank you to Ida Mack for spearheading the whole event and ensuring it ran smoothly. We look forward to future collaboration with community members.

If you need assistance with addiction or a teenager who is abusing drugs or alcohol, please call 1 888 671 9392.

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