In the Autumn of 1967, a group of twenty-nine reformed drug addicts, and a few professionals began operation of innovative drug prevention and rehabilitation program in East Los Angeles. The federally funded Narcotics Prevention Project (NPP) opened its doors to a community noted for high unemployment, substandard housing and, most treatment in the community, while working with probation and parole to treat addiction not as a crime but as a response to a social and personal deprivation was met with much resistance. During the Project’s first few months, services were for the most part improvised and uneven but were delivered with idealism and enthusiasm. The Project had obviously tapped a pressing community need. The caseload grew quickly to several hundred clients. The need for specialized services became apparent. Counselors were trained to attend to case management issues relating to job development and employment preparation, networking with the medical community, corrections and law enforcement. Through time and perseverance, procedures were refined and service strategies settled into place.
Today, NPP also known as Narcotics Prevention Association, Inc. continues to provide services. A board of directors continues to oversee it’s operations and both an Executive and Medical Director provide the day-to-day management of the organization.
The NPP promotes wellness in our community by providing compassionate treatment and prevention services of the highest quality to impact the disease of addiction.
The NPP envisions a community where the impact of addiction is significantly reduced because its members recognize addiction as a disease affecting the entire community, know where to turn for help, and have access to the highest quality of care. The NPP strives for a continuum, of care that is barrier-free and culturally competent.
The NPP is committed to collaborating and partnering with substance abuse service recipients, providers of services, public and private organization and funding sources to provide prevention, education, advocacy, intervention, assessment and treatment services.
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Our Clients and Participants
Extended hours. NPP, Inc. is now open Mon. - Fri. from 5AM to 5PM. And Sat. & Sund 6AM to 10AM.
Luis Montes is CEO for the Narcotics Prevention Association Inc. OBA NPP / Community Health Care Clinic and has more than 25 years: of experience in the field of addiction treatment. He has developed and managed programs in West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Venice, and East Los Angeles. In 1975, he developed and man-: aged the "New Start" substance abuse treatment programs for the Santa Monica Bay Area Drug Abuse Counsel. , Montes provided the leadership, community organizing, and political resources necessary to fund and develop the program. He developed a job training and placement program for adults, a prevention and education program for youths, outpatient counseling for youths and adults, and in-patient detoxification. In 1982 Montes was recruited by the Narcotics Prevention Association in East: Los Angeles to coordinate and supervise its program services. Montes expanded services to include a daycare center that serviced children of the NPA employees and working clients. He established a live-in residential program and secured funding for youth prevention and educational services. Luis Montes was appointed executive director in 1988. Montes earned a bachelor's degree in social work from California State University at Los Angeles. He remains a friend ' and resource for the Cal State University faculty and Is a frequent guest lecture. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, currently residing in Chino Hills. He and his wife have been married 40 years and are the parents of one adult son. His leisure time is spent playing classical guitar and chess. Montes is currently a student of Richard R. Dawson, MFA (Master of Guitar). He also enjoys giving chess lessons to his grandchildren and youth in his community.