Beit T'Shuvah, Los Angeles
T'Shuvah Center’s model is based on Beit T'Shuvah in Los Angeles. Beit T'Shuvah opened its doors in 1987 as a program of Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center. Its mission at the time was to provide transitional living and re-entry services to Jewish men being released from jails and prisons, as a way of breaking the cycle of recidivism.
Overcoming a wide range of addictive behaviors was a core element of the program, and this became the new focus and mission of Beit T’Shuvah when, a little more than 10 years later, it became its own independent agency. What began 30 years ago as a six-bed homeless shelter for ex-offenders, has become a 140-bed residential program where over 4,800 people suffering from the disease of addiction have been treated.
Beit T'Shuvah has also worked to expand their influence and disseminate their expertise across the larger field of addiction recovery, in order to help the many more people than it can treat directly. Soon after Beit T’Shuvah’s inception, they launched a Professional Clinical Training Program (offering internship training for students pursuing their MFT, MSW and CAADAC licensing, and continuing education opportunities for licensed therapists); each year this amazing program provides approximately 21 interns with unparalleled hands-on experience in the front-lines of the recovery process. In 2003 they launched their Partners in Prevention program (PIP) to try to help youth avoid the ravages of the disease altogether. PIP offers a curriculum that promotes self-acceptance, self-worth, spiritual values and family harmony among today’s youth; it has directly affected over 48,000 adolescents through youth diversion and addiction education workshops, individual/family therapy, group therapy, mentorship components, and countless other activities. And then, in 2013 they launched the Elaine Breslow Institute (EBI) to create and implement programs of professional education and research to move addicts into treatment earlier – and hopefully avoid the deadly rock-bottom that claims too many lives. The EBI has already helped hundreds of medical professionals learn to identify and manage the addiction issues they will inevitably confront in their patients, and countless clergy members and educators recognize the signs of trouble in the congregants and youth they deal with every day.