Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment



SHIELDS’ Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment programs provide comprehensive drug treatment and rehabilitation services while supporting family stability and promoting social and economic self-sufficiency.
11601 S. Western Avenue | Los Angeles, CA 90047
program info 323.242.5000 | fax 323.242.5011
TTD/TTY (English) 800.735.2922 | TTD/TTY (Spanish) 800.855.3000

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SHIELDS’ Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment programs a provide alcohol and drug treatment and recovery services in a drug-free, non-drinking environment, directed towards alleviating and preventing alcohol and drug problems among adult individuals.  The flexibility of our services allow  participants to develop the skills and relationships needed to sustain recovery from alcohol and other drug use while keeping up with job, school and family commitments.


SHIELDS’ Ark program serves adults with substance abuse disorders who are part of the general outpatient, General Relief (GR), AB 109 prison re-entry, or Drug Court programs. The Ark is certified by the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) and is licensed to operate in the City of Lynwood. Services are provided in both English and Spanish.

SHIELDS’ Compton Drug Court program has been specifically designed and staffed to supervise Compton Superior Court referred felon drug defendants through monitored drug treatment and rehabilitation services, though we also receive referrals from DCFS, GR, Probation and Parole. Eligible Compton Superior Court referrals must have been arrested for a non-violent felony, a misdemeanor drug related charge or being under the influence of drugs.

Services Provided

Our Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment programs  address substance abuse through comprehensive and collaborative services including comprehensive case management, individual, group, and family counseling, educational and vocational services, life skills classes, drug and alcohol education, child development and parenting, and urinalysis testing.

Furthermore, SHIELDS utilizes an array of industry-recognized evidence-based practices in order to provide effective substance abuse treatment services, including Cognitive-Based Therapy, Seeking Safety, Motivational Interviewing, Family-Centered Treatment, and Triple P Positive Parenting.

Case management services include complete intakes and psychosocial assessments. Assessments include medical histories, drug use histories, legal, vocational, educational, mental health information, and physical exams. Primary treatment services are based upon this assessment and the development of a service plan to address those identified needs. Duration and intensity of services are determined based on the service plan.

Finally, SHIELDS provides linkage and referral services to additional substance abuse and mental health treatment  programs at SHIELDS and other community-based providers, as well as linkage to our collaborative networks that provide housing, food, clothing, and transportation for those in need.

Community Partnerships

SHIELDS’ Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment programs are primarily funded by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Office of Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (SAPC). Necessary services are provided in coordination with a variety of County and State agencies, including the Los Angeles County Departments of Rehabilitation, Public and Social Services, and Children and Family Services.

Services and supports for vocational and educational training and job development activities are provided in partnership with the Compton Regional Job Training Center, Compton Adult School, Jordan-Locke Community Adult School, Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center, Los Angeles Trade Technical College, and Harbor College.

Accomplishments and Recognition

  • The Ark Program has consistently maintained a high positive compliance rate in comparison to other Los Angeles County programs, according to the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP)’s Annual Site Reports
  • The Ark Program has been consistently successful in decreasing participants’ average days of primary drug/alcohol use, increasing participants’ positive employment activities, and increasing participants’ social support activities at rates that exceed those of other Los Angeles County programs, according to the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP)’s Annual Site Reports
  • The Ark and Drug Court programs have served over 100 clients yearly, and maintained about a 70% completion rate, since inception.
  • The Ark and Drug Court programs provide services during both day and evening hours in order to accommodate the needs of working families.
  • Bilingual advocates are provided to assist in the needs of participants for whom English is a second language.