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Prototypes Outpatient


prototypes-outpatientThe Basics

In 1986, Vivian Brown, PhD, and Maryann Fraser, a Master’s-level social worker established Prototypes in Southern California. The social services organization helps women battle substance abuse, domestic violence and mental illness. In 1988, Prototypes opened the Pomona Women’s Center, followed four years later, by the Oxnard Women’s Center. Both facilities provide residential treatment for substance abuse. It also operates the Tustin Family Campus, a residential program for families affected by substance abuse.

The Prototypes outpatient facilities in Pomona, El Monte and Pasadena serve both men and women. While the Pasadena building offers mental health services only, the Pomona and El Monte locations provide treatment for those suffering from chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders.

Treatment and Staff

Upon intake, clients undergo complete assessments by a counselor. For women requiring acute care, inpatient treatment is available. While the outpatient program is coed, Prototypes provides detox and residential care for women only. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) on an outpatient basis is available for clients who need help getting off opiates. Benzodiazepines, Vivitrol or buprenorphine are prescribed for withdrawal symptoms. When used in conjunction with counseling, this approach has proven to be highly effective.

For those who are receiving MAT or who do not require the level of care provided by one of the residential programs, Intensive Outpatient (IOP) is recommended. IOP length is typically six months and consists of three-hour group sessions, Monday through Friday. Group topics include relapse prevention, family dynamics, life skills, and substance abuse awareness. Groups tend to be large, averaging between 10 and 15 clients. Individual therapy is scheduled according to the client’s needs. Those taking medication for co-occurring disorders are monitored. The Pomona facility has a medical clinic on the premises for those who need medical attention.

The staff includes licensed counselors, therapists and medical providers. The president and CEO, Cassandra Loch, is a Master’s-level LCSW.


The rehab has a children’s program that provides therapeutic day care for youngsters while parents are in treatment.

Prototypes offer clients assistance in dealing with the criminal justice system and child protective services. Case workers can provide support or act as liaisons between clients and the courts.

A community reintegration program is available for criminal justice clients recently released from prison.

In Summary

Prototypes doesn’t turn away a client, regardless of ability to pay. While it may not offer a 12-step approach, it serves the community by providing compassionate and low-cost treatment for alcoholics, addicts and those suffering from co-occurring disorders.

11100 Valley Blvd, Ste 116
El Monte, CA 91731

831 E Arrow Hwy
Pomona, CA 91767

Prototypes Cost: Sliding scale (30 days). Reach Prototypes by phone at (909) 398-4383 or by emailFind Prototypes on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

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