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New Perspectives - Sept, 2000 Issue #73 

Home of Angels
Hogar de Angeles, or MAULOA LANIKILA
San Diego, California
David Sahargun, VP

Home of the Angels, or Hogar de Angeles, is a long-term chemical dependency girls program located in Baja California. Their offices are located in San Diego, California. In existence for about one year, it has a capacity for 18 girls. Although most of their current enrollments are from southern California, they have also enrolled several girls from areas throughout the country. Their stated policy is to provide “a safe and loving environment where teens learn to build trust in themselves as well as others. A primary goal of the program is educating teens about the dangers and consequences of substance abuse, gang affiliation and other negative lifestyles.”

They work with girls with chemical dependency issues and behavioral problems. They are not a dual-diagnosis facility, so it is not an appropriate setting for girls with serious diagnoses. Their brochure says they are primarily a behavioral based program, with a strong dose of on-campus process group and AA/NA meetings. The Policies and Procedures Handbook contains a number of rules and guidelines for consequences, which indicates that the program is very tight with very detailed behavioral expectations to help the girls in their recovery. Consequences range from honoring requests for a time-out from a girl, to not being eligible for outings, to time in an Isolation room, which they in their words, is designed to be a safe, secure place. That particular consequence also includes writing assignments, three regular meals, and a daily group with staff to discuss the day and their feelings, however they would be allowed no contact with the other girls.

According to the brochure, they are a fully licensed rehabilitation and treatment facility. Their stated policy is that parents can visit anytime, unannounced, and that the parents have total control over how long their child will remain at the facility.

Academics are fully accredited and “students take courses tailored to their individual requirements that can be completed at an accelerated pace.”

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