Addiction Therapeutic Services Intensive Outpatient Program (ATS) is located amidst lovely mountains and the lively atmosphere of downtown Palm Springs. It is an ideal place for those who are seeking addiction treatment while trying to launch into productive and meaningful lives.
Co-founded by Jim and Josie Herndon in July of 2013, ATS has been dedicated to clinical excellence from the start. The Herndons, a true power team, bring a combined 30 years of experience in the addiction field. They also credit their clinical team which includes Clinical Director, Saleem Noorali, and Program Director, Jeanette Morales, who each have over 20 years experience.
Jim, who serves as the Director of Treatment Services at ATS and is a physician’s assistant by profession, has over 23 years of personal recovery from addiction. His personal and professional experiences allow him to provide compassionate and empathetic medical management services to ATS clients.
Josie’s background is primarily in marketing and admissions. However, three years ago she took on the CEO position at Astoria Point, a 55 bed facility, and discovered her true passion. “I’ve always been focused on marketing in the addictions industry, but after I became a CEO at a treatment center, I realized that I really enjoy program development and watching the miracles that take place. After leaving Astoria, I wanted to continue helping people to heal.”
The disease of addiction has affected Josie’s father and son. Her intimate experience with recovery as a family member has directly influenced the way that she operates ATS. “We have a weekly family program that has been very successful. We’re passionate about helping addicts as well as their families,” she told RecoveryView.com.
ATS is proud to offer high standards of care but is equally proud to refer clients to a higher level of care when needed. “We always do what is in the best interest of a client. And, we never turn anyone away,” says Josie.
ATS is independently owned, affordable and accepts insurance. More importantly, it offers what is often the missing piece in the continuum of care. ATS is one of few truly abstinence-based IOPs, and its 12-step curriculum is integrated with mindfulness. The program uses evidence-based practices, offers groups as well as individual therapy and counseling, and uses approaches that are “whole-person-centered, tending to the mind, body, and spirit.” The most fascinating feature of ATS’s program is that there is free after care for all alumni — that is, any graduate of any addiction treatment program.
ATS is certified by the State of California and is in the process of becoming CARF Accredited. While ATS has already made great strides in a short period of time, it is proud to announce the opening of its sober living facility for exclusively male clients on November 17, 2014.