About the Event

September is National Recovery Month, which raises awareness and promotes understanding of mental health and substance use disorder. Recovery Month spreads a message of hope, and that behavioral health is essential to overall health. Recovery Month celebrates people in recovery, applauds the contributions of treatment providers, and promotes the message that recovery, in all its forms, is very possible.

For over 18 years, the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) has collaborated with Community-Based Organizations to recognize Recovery Month by sponsoring and participating in the annual Recovery Happens event. The event showcases community information exhibits, offers entertainment, and games and presents awards to individuals dedicated to assisting those in recovery. The day focuses on bringing families and the community together to celebrate people in recovery from substance use disorders.

This year join the celebration with us on September 22, 2022. The event will be from 11 am to 1 pm.


(Detail coming soon)

Opening Remarks

Pledge of Allegiance

Serenity Prayer

San Bernardino Teen Music Workshop

Recovery Panel Interview

Awards Ceremony

Keynote Speaker

Upcoming Events

Closing Remarks

Keynote speaker
Joe Pritchard

Joe Pritchard
CEO – Pinnacle Treatment Centers

For more than 40 years, Joe Pritchard’s mission has been to help those suffering from substance use disorders. Joe brings the kind of passion that can only come from having experienced addiction firsthand. In addition to his own personal recovery of 47 years, he is nationally recognized as a leader in the field of substance use disorder treatment, and he has been part of the “behind the scenes” work shaping how care is delivered at the federal, state, and local levels through legislation, regulatory, and payer initiatives. In his role as CEO of Pinnacle Treatment Centers, Joe uses his extensive knowledge of operations, development, and strategic planning to provide patients, their loved ones, and community stakeholders the opportunity to restore lives. Providing leadership and vision for more than 125 facilities in nine states, including Aegis Treatment Centers in California, Joe has built a team of renowned substance use disorder professionals, clinicians, and addictionologists committed to providing comprehensive patient treatment and care. Together, they treat approximately 35,000 patients daily through a full care continuum ranging from inpatient withdrawal management (detox) and residential programs to outpatient opioid addiction treatment.


The Recovery Happens Committee invites members of the community to nominate individuals and agencies who have made and continue to make significant contributions in the field of substance use prevention, treatment and recovery. Nominations may be submitted for the following categories:

Residential Counselor of the Year Nominees

Debra Pimienta
Counselor/Inland Valley Recovery Services
Adrianna Butt
Counselor/Inland Valley Recovery Services
Joseph Reyna
TLA Housing/Inland Valley Recovery Services
Brett Layton
Counselor/Inland Valley Recovery Services
Melissa Hacker
Counselor/Inland Valley Recovery Services
Jessica Aragon
Counselor/VARP, Inc.
Derek Fowler
Case Manager/St. John of God

Outpatient Counselor of the Year Nomineesr

Bryan Garcia
Lead Counselor/Aegis Redlands
Melissa Hacker
Senior Counselor/ Inland Valley Recovery Services
Gary Worland
Quality Assurance and Compliance Director/St. John of God

Recovery Advocate of the Year Nominees

Safia Aniss
Recovery Advocate /Inland Valley Recovery Services
Tony Saavedra
Activities Coordinator/Inland Valley Recovery Services
Yvonne Barron
Program Coordinator/Inland Valley Recovery Services
Scott Spotswood
Recovery Advocate /Inland Valley Recovery Services
Zoraya Cruz
Recovery Advocate /VARP, Inc.
Ronald J. Gilbert
Commissioner/San Bernardino County Superior Court

Recovery Agency of the Year Nominees

San Bernardino Region
Inland Valley Recovery Services

Nominations may be submitted by candidates, colleagues and/or friends. A panel will select the award recipients based on nominations received. The nominees chosen will receive special recognition at the virtual Recovery Happens event on Thursday, September 22.

Nominations are due by 4 p.m. on Aug. 26. Fax forms to (909) 890-0435 or email to cultural_competency@dbh.sbcounty.gov.
Nomination Form


Explore virtual exhibitor booths. Learn about local resources, services and products by visiting each booth.

Check back soon for more info!

Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you’ll need to register for this free online event. Simply follow the link at the top of the page and submit your information. Then you’ll receive an email confirming your registration for the event.
This is an online event. You do not have to travel to any specific location. You can participate anywhere that you have Internet access. The event is accessible from desktop, mobile and tablet devices.
This event is for anyone that wants to celebrate people in recovery from substance use disorders.
No, you do not need to download or install any software to participate. You only need access to the internet.