Article | By Karla Peterson Originally Published in U-T San Diego | November 11, 2014 Dr. Sean Daneshmand of Miracle Babies is taking time out from helping families with critically ill newborns to organize, prepare and serve a Thanksgiving dinner to the women of the Kiva recovery program at the McAlister Institute. As an obstetrician specializing in high-risk [...]
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McAlister’s North Rural Teen Recovery Center in Ramona offers free initial drug testing and help for teenagers using controlled substances. From left, psychologist Amanda Cohen, program manager Alex Serna, and treatment counselor Heather Dixon stand in a room where small groups of teens meet in the outpatient program. Sentinel photo/Karen Brainard As law enforcement battles [...]
Online Article | By Albert H. Fulcher Originally Published in East County Californian | September 25, 2013 It began in 1977 working with a brilliant, whirlwind psychiatrist who believed that people with personal experience were more effective than his own profession. After realizing that working with the San Diego County was too much for a [...]
San Diego, CA – The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency has funded a new service to help combat one of San Diego’s largest and most dangerous public health problems: teen drug abuse. The service, administered by three partnering agencies – McAlister Institute, Mental Health Systems, and Phoenix House – will provide a [...]
Making a Difference Feature on Mike Franz | By Karla Peterson Originally Published in San Diego’s U-T | June 24, 2013 Like many addicts, Mike Franz remembers when he hit bottom. It was the summer of 1984, and he was a homeless junkie sleeping in the bushes next to the El Cajon courthouse. Those were [...]