Mariposa Heritage House (MHH) opened its doors in 2001 as a program of Mariposa County’s Department of Human Services. Since then, it has gained recognition as a unique Recovery Support Center. In 2011, MHH joined the team of programs at the Alliance for Community Transformations. Our drop-in center operates 7 days a week and is open from 8 AM-7 PM daily.
Mariposa Heritage House is a safe, healthy, clean and sober support center reaching out to adults and their families, seeking to change their lives.
- Sustaining Ourselves and Our Communities
- Equality and Respect
- Personal and Professional Responsibility
- Social Change Through Education and Advocacy
- Confidentiality and Safety
We would like to thank the following sponsors and individuals who donated funds or items to Mariposa Heritage House for our Community BBQ event that was held in August. With your help, we were able to raise over $700 from this fundraiser. We will be posting pictures soon.
Thank you to Dennis Cole, Frank Cole, and Clarence Tedrow for your donations!
Thank you to Yosemite Bank, Pizza Factory, Happy Burger Diner, and Foster Ace Hardware for your sponsorship and donations!
RECOVERY BILL OF RIGHTS
We will improve the lives of millions of Americans, their families and communities if we treat addiction to alcohol and other drugs as a public health crisis. To overcome this crisis, we must accord dignity to people with addiction and recognize that there is no one path to recovery. Individuals who are striving to be responsible citizens can recover on their own or with the help of others. Effective aid can be rendered by mutual support groups or health care professionals. Recovery can begin in a doctor’s office, treatment center, church, prison, peer support meeting or in one’s own home. The journey can be guided by religious faith, spiritual experience or secular teachings. Recovery happens every day across the country and there are effective solutions for people still struggling. Whatever the pathway, the journey will be far easier to travel if people seeking recovery are afforded respect for their basic rights:
- We have the right to be viewed as capable of changing, growing and becoming positively connected to our community, no matter what we did in the past because of our addiction.
- We have the right- as do our families and friends- to know about the many pathways to recovery, the nature of addiction and the barriers to long-term recovery, all conveyed in ways that we can understand.
- We have the right, whether seeking recovery in the community, a physician’s office, treatment center or while incarcerated, to set our own recovery goals, working with a personalized recovery plan that we have designed based on accurate and understandable information about our health status, including a comprehensive, holistic assessment.
- We have the right to select services that build on our strengths, armed with full information about the experience, and credentials of the people providing services and the effectiveness of the services and programs from which we are seeking help.
- We have the right to be served by organizations or health care and social service providers that view recovery positively, meet the highest public health and safety standards, provide rapid access to services, treat us respectfully, understand that our strengths and will work with us and our families to find a pathway to recovery.
- We have the right to be considered as more than a statistic, stereotype, risk score, diagnosis, label or pathology unit – free from the social stigma that characterizes us as weak or morally flawed. If we relapse and begin treatment again, we should be treated with dignity and respect that welcomes our continued efforts to achieve long-term recovery.
- We have the right to a health care and social services system that recognizes the strengths and needs of people with addiction and coordinates its efforts to provide recovery-based care that honors and respects our cultural beliefs. This support may include introduction to religious, spiritual and secular communities of recovery, and the involvement of our families, kinship networks and indigenous healers as part of our treatment experience.
- We have the right to be represented by informed policymakers who remove barriers to educational, housing and employment opportunities once we are no longer misusing alcohol or other drugs and are on the road to recovery.
- We have the right to respectful, nondiscriminatory care from doctors and other health care providers and to receive services on the same basis as people do for any other chronic illness, with the same provisions, copayments, lifetime benefits and catastrophic coverage in insurance, self-funded/self-insured health plans, Medicare and HMO plans. The criteria of “proper” care should be exclusively between our health care providers and ourselves; it should reflect the severity, complexity and duration of our illness and provide a reasonable opportunity for recovery maintenance.
- We have the right to treatment and recovery support in the criminal justice system and to regain our place and rights in society once we have served our sentences.
- We have the right to speak out publicly about our recovery to let others know that long-term recovery from addiction is reality.
If you would like more information about National Recovery Awareness Month, below are some websites to visit:
You can also contact Mariposa Heritage House for more information at (209)966-7770.
SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL RECOVERY MONTH. Join us in celebrating recovery. If you are “Living Proof” that recovery happens and would like to share your story, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stories will be selected for publication on our website and our Facebook page.
How Changing The Language Of Addiction Affects Policy And Treatment
by Jesse Heffernan
With addiction such a prominent problem, experts say it’s time to use words that don’t carry judgment. Studies show that saying “addiction” instead of “substance abuse,” and “person with substance abuse disorder” instead of “junkie,” affects the treatment patients receive, as well as public policy.
ATTENTION FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY THE FIRE:
Below is the link to resources to help with various needs for those affected by the fire, including food assistance, housing assistance, document replacement, and more. If you would like more information, please call Human Services at (209)966-2000 or stop by Human Services.
- Mariposa Heritage House Recovery Center is now providing ambulatory transportation services for victims of crimes and other traumatizing events to court dates, medical appointments, and other essential services. For those trying to start over, we’re here to help. Please call Mariposa Heritage House if interested.
- Come join us for a Nature Walk on the local trails around town. We meet at Mariposa Heritage House every Monday around 9AM and get back around 10:00-10:30. *Weather Permitting
- Mariposa Heritage House offers transport to and from AA meetings in Bootjack on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We leave Heritage House at 11:30, please be here early.
- Rest & Relax class has moved to Thursdays at 10:00. Paula will be focusing on your health and enhancing recovery. Come loosen up and unwind from the daily stress that life may bring 🙂
- Mountain Crisis is offering a support group for those looking for support in daily or ongoing life stress. This group take place on Thursdays @ Noon
**Our website is going through some repairs. Please feel free to call at (209)966-7770 and speak with any of our staff regarding any information on this website or current and upcoming events! Sorry for the inconvenience, we should have everything up and running soon. Thank you.