Didi Hirsch's Via Avanta Residential Center

For more than 30 years, Via Avanta — “the way forward” in Spanish — has been a haven for women struggling with substance abuse, mental illness, domestic violence, and poverty. They heal in an environment of safety, respect, and dignity.

Via Avanta was among the nation’s first programs to recognize the importance of keeping young children and mothers together during treatment.



On our welcoming San Fernando Valley campus, residents marshal the inner resources for recovery. While learning to manage their illnesses, they build interpersonal and life skills through all kinds of communal activities, from caring for children 
to maintaining the residence.

The Building Blocks of Recovery

  • Designed for women:  Strengths-based 
approach to overcome trauma
  • Relapse prevention:  Sober living; 12-step programs; addiction counseling; support groups
  • Sound mind and spirit:  Therapy and 
specialized psychiatric care for adults and children; emotional/behavioral/developmental screenings; meditation area; exercise room; yoga
  • Physical health:  Partnerships with primary care; HIV testing; prenatal education
  • Family bonding:  Mommy and Me activities; parenting classes; family therapy to strengthen attachments; playground
  • Advocacy:  Assistance with court/parole/probation/custody obligations; support for reunification
  • Independent living:  Training; employment assistance; housing placement; alumnae groups

A New Option for Homeless Women

Our new program, Project 60 Women & Children, is designed specifically for women with chronic and persistent mental illness:

  • Fully integrated dual-diagnosis treatment
  • Permanent housing within six months
  • Dedicated treatment track for female veterans
  • Newly renovated Zev Yaroslavsky Family Wing

Our Clients:

  • Los Angeles County residents
  • Drug- or alcohol-related problems
  • Mental health problems
  • Low-income and/or homeless
  • 18 years or older

We welcome pregnant women.

Our Caring Staff

Via Avanta achieves results with a team that has:

  • Multidisciplinary expertise
  • Licensed clinicians and psychiatrists
  • Training in evidence-based practices and military culture
  • Bilingual and bicultural staff


“I learned how to balance being a mother and a woman in recovery. Via Avanta…gave me the skills I needed for life and allowed me to be a parent to my daughter.”
– J.W.

Via Avanta is licensed and certified by the State of California. It is funded by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Substance Abuse Prevention and Control; the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health; and the Veterans Healing Initiative.
Facility renovations in 2013 were generously supported by the County of Los Angeles, Third District; The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation; The Ahmanson Foundation; City of Los Angeles, Council District 7; and the California Health Facilities Financing Authority.

For more information about Via Avanta or referrals, please call  
(818) 897-2609