Recovery Resources' Mission
The Recovery Resources' mission is to provide quality, ethical treatment for alcoholism, addiction and mental health. Our agency is dedicated to provide affordable, individualized solutions to problems associated with alcohol and drug use and mental health needs. The goal of Recovery Resources is to liberate individuals, couples and families of childhood trauma and the trauma associated with this disease. Our goal is to assist them in the process of rebuilding their lives.
Recovery Resources was founded on April 1st 1999 by Rick and Jerri Thompson. They were not strangers to recovery. At the time they created Recovery Resources each of them were employed by different agencies and they saw a need that was not being filled in the recovery community and they had a passion fill that need. They wanted to provide a private, confidential, ethical and trauma informed, effective treatment for this disease.
Recovery Resources saw a gap in services to provide treatment to those seeking treatment that would allow them to use insurance benefits. After working in this profession for many years that goal was reached. Recovery Resources is now contracted and in network with many insurance companies.
Recovery Resources Recently added mental health psychotherapy to its' services.
Rick Thompson is NCAC-I,CADC-II, ICADC and SAP certified. He has been a substance abuse specialist since 1987.
Jerri Thompson is a NCAC-I, CADC-II, ICADC, SAP certified. She has been a substance abuse specialist since 1994.
Since April 1st 1999, Recovery Resources' staff grew from its two founders to a team of qualified professionals. The facility has the capability to provide a trauma informed substance use disorder treatment and co-occurring disorders treatment.
In 2003 Recovery Resources began providing prevention and counseling services to local school districts to reach our youth and work together with school districts to minimize the impact of substance use to prevent students from living a life of addiction and alcoholism. With education and counseling available to youth they provide a safe place for teens to explore different alternatives challenges and expression of feelings instead of substance use.
Recovery Resources started with one school district and they are now present in five school districts in Tulare County.
Recovery Resources was asked to develop an alcohol and drug testing program to insure a safe school athletics program at various local high school districts.
In a few short years, Recovery Resources compiled an impressive list of agencies that have been served, past and present. As Recovery Resources has grown, it has continued to build a solid reputation founded on integrity—a reputation that is highly respected in both the professional and recovering communities.
JERRI THOMPSON, NCAC-I, CADC-II, ICADC, SAP
Jerri has been certified since 1998. She began her training working as a family service coordinator for the Tulare County Alcoholism Council, Visalia, CA. After completing her CADC educational requirements she took a position as a substance abuse counselor at Sierra Recovery Services in Lindsay, CA. In 1999 she worked together with her partner in life and business to create Recovery Resources and a 5013c not for profit corporation A STEP, Inc. She is currently the Director of Recovery Resources Adult Services.
RICHARD THOMPSON, NCAC-I, CADC-II, ICADC, SAP
Rick has been a substance abuse counselor for since 1988. Since he started his career he has worked in residential treatment, adolescent treatment, prevention and intensive outpatient. He stared his career at Pine Recovery Center and moved on to Turning Point Youth Services in Visalia, CA. He had also been the Adolescent Program Coordinator for Sierra Recovery Services in Lindsay CA.
Rick is currently the Director of Adolescent Treatment Services for Recovery Resources and former CEO of A S.T.E.P., Inc..
Meet Our Team
NCAC-I, CADC-II, ICADC, SAP
Jerri is currently the Director of Adult Intensive Outpatient (IOP) Treatment and program Director of Recovery Resources.
In addition to overseeing Recovery Resources, Jerri is active in the community educating and spreading awareness about substance abuse. She continues to be an invaluable asset to local agencies, schools and other substance abuse professionals by acting as a consultant on drug and alcohol use policies and engaging in various public speaking events.
NCAC-I, CADC-II, ICADC, SAP
Rick is the Director of Adolescent Treatment and Prevention Services for Recovery Resources. He oversees prevention counselors that provide services to school districts in Tulare County. Rick continues to do what he loves to do most which is to meet with adolescents individually and with their families to assist in beginning of the counseling/treatment process.
Office Manager, Testing Supervisor
Michael Reece will most likely be the first person you talk to when you call Recovery Resources. Mike will book your appointments, verify your insurance benefits and processes payments. His goal is to calm your nerves and assist you in any way he can.
Michael oversees all of the administrative needs of the facility.
Teri Dortman, MSN, RADT-I
Teri Dortman's professional background started in the military, nursing and anesthesia. When she began building her career in substance abuse treatment in 2018 she started learning all of the facets of our organization from the ground up. As Teri grew her skills in treatment she moved from working in the front office to using her clinical skills with clients as an intern. She is in the process of obtaining her MSW and CADC-III certification.
Teri is gifted at working with youth in our prevention program. She is building her clinical hours towards her MSW, being supervised by Beverly Anderson, LMFT. Teri is becoming a gifted clinician as she continues to assist the team in the intensive outpatient treatment program, continuing care groups and Gorski relapse prevention treatment groups.
Beverly Anderson, LMFT
Beverly Anderson, LMFT, has worked with Recovery Resources since 2014 providing family education and counseling in the intensive outpatient treatment program. She provides mental health assessments for our clients oversees Cristina Santos, AMFT and Teri Dortman, MSN, RADT-1
With her vast knowledge of Addiction, Depression, Anxiety, Developmental Delays, Couples and Family Therapy, Parenting, Attachment Disorders, Women’s Issues, Trauma, PTSD, Domestic Violence and Adolescents; assists our treatment team in providing the best quality of care for our clients.
Bev assists The Source, which is an LGBTQ Resource Center in Visalia, CA as Clinical Consultant. She has years of experience to provide the necessary cultural sensitivity for LGBTQ clients.
Ms. Anderson has a private practice in Visalia in addition to the services she offers on site at our facility.
Chanel Guerra, BS, RADT-1
Chanel Guerra started working at Recovery Resources in November of 2018. Our agency has been fortunate to add her to our team. She has a passion to help people, and has a natural ability to build rapport with our clients.
Chanel completed her Bachelor’s in Social Work and Human Services in August 2018. She has completed the educational requirements to obtain her her CCAPP certification and is preparing for the testing for CADC-II. She is highly motivated to continue her education to obtain her MSW. She is sensitive to the cultural needs of the client.
Chanel is working as a prevention specialist at various school sites in Tulare County. She is a co-facilitator in the adult intensive outpatient program and oversees the continuing care portion of our program.
Genny Tweedy, RADT-1
Genny began working at Recovery Resources in February of 2019 as an Administrative Assistant. Genny will greet you, book your appointments and verify your insurance benefits. She is currently in the process of completing the educational requirements for her CADC-I CCAPP certification.
Genny comes to us with background experience in early childhood education. Her goal is to enhance the quality of our services, as well as attend to the needs of the client. She is currently assisting in the athletics drug testing program but very soon she will be providing prevention and treatment services at our agency
Travis Durbin, BS, AA, CADC-I
Travis began working for Recovery Resources in May 2019 as an adolescent prevention counselor and assisting in the IOP treatment program and continuing care groups.
We are grateful to have him as a part of our team. He is a great motivator for his clients no matter the age, gender, or ethnic background. Travis is able to build rapport very quickly with everyone.
His professional background is in education and youth addiction counseling. He is currently working towards his MSW
Robert DeMelo, RADT-I
Robert DeMelo began working at Recovery Resources in July of 2019 as a Prevention Specialist at several local schools. He is currently in the process of completing his education and practicum to obtain his CADC-I CCAPP certification. He is attending COS to obtain his Associate's degree and he has plans to transfer to Fresno State in 2021.
Nicole "Niki" Cudworth
BSN, CADC-III, ICADC, SAP
Nicole "Niki" moved from Cleveland, OH. to CA where she had been working since 2016 as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, (LCDC-III). While she was working in OH her treatment experience was in outpatient and inpatient treatment.
Her professional background is in nursing, she earned her BSN in nursing with honors from the University of Akron in 2001.
When she moved to CA, Recovery Resources knew that there was something special about Niki, and very soon after moving here she transferred her OH license to a CA CADC-III CCAPP certification and began working for Recovery Resources in 2019.
In less than one year she has moved up in the organization from a prevention counselor to the lead Intensive Outpatient treatment counselor.
supervised by Beverly Anderson, LMFT
Cristina gained her passion to become a therapist from her own journey both personally and professionally. Her drive to help others stems from the desire to give back to her community and improve the lives of others. Her mission is to work alongside her clients to guide them towards being the healthiest version of themselves and to give them tools to process and overcome challenges. As soon as you meet Cristina you notice her empathy and compassion.
Cristina began working for Recovery Resources in September of 2020. She specializes in trauma-related treatment but enjoys working with clients who require a wide range of needs. She has experience working with victims of crime, domestic violence victims, at-risk youth, those with co-occurring disorders, and substance-related disorders. She has experience working with children, families, and adults from different walks of life, varying in age, gender, race, cultural backgrounds and enjoys working with them all.
Juan "Tony" Gomez
CADC-II, ICADC, SAP
Tony is a compassionate, dedicated, experienced professional who has worked in the substance abuse disorder profession for over ten years. Tony is bi-lingual Spanish speaking, trained in working with individuals with co-occurring disorders, LGBTQ issues, and is also SAP certified. His core beliefs include “never judging a book by its cover and always see the good”. He believes in taking a humanistic approach as his therapeutic style. He is always seeking to better himself, personally, professionally, and academically.
Tony has been working for Recovery Resources since May of 2020 and since that time he has been working in the adult intensive outpatient program. Tony also provides a Gorski relapse prevention treatment group and works with at-risk youth in Dinuba and Exeter school districts.
Stacy Richards, BS, RADT-I
Stacy has a BS in Biology from UCSD and a professional background in adult education. She has gained awareness about substance use disorders and the impact this disease has on individuals, families, and the community. Stacy has a desire to increase the public’s awareness about substance abuse disorder and to also address the social bias and stigma toward those dealing with addiction and those in recovery. This led her to seek employment at our agency because of our commitment to provide quality, ethical, professional, and compassionate services to all who seek it.
Stacy began working for Recovery Resources in June of 2020 as she works toward completing her hours to obtain her CCAPP certification. She is a vital part of our prevention team, providing education and counseling to at-risk youth in Tulare and Visalia School Districts. She is being cross-trained to work in adult substance abuse treatment.
Elizabeth Zavala, AS, CADC-II
Elizabeth has worked in the prevention and treatment profession for over 15 years. She has her AS in Social Science and she is CADC-II certified. She is interested in continuing her education by completing her bachelor’s degree in Human Services.
Elizabeth’s experience over the last 15 years has been in the treatment of adolescents, providing parent education groups, engaging the community to educate them about substance abuse and treatment options. Elizabeth has worked at various school sites throughout Tulare County.
Elizabeth began working for Recovery Resources in September of 2020. She is currently providing services to Porterville Unified School District. Our agency is grateful to have her as a part of our prevention team.