About Us


Our mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals struggling with substance use disorders.  We accomplish this goal by providing comprehensive evidence-based curricula in our programs. Our Board of Directors is made up of dedicated, progressive, and committed professionals. With their leadership, the Kern County Hispanic Commission encourages and cultivates a passionate team committed to making a difference for residents of Kern County.


The Kern County Hispanic Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services aspires to provide superior, culturally sensitive substance use disorder treatment services as an integral partner in a comprehensive continuum of care.  We aim to deliver services within an environment which promotes the dignity, rights, and full participation of individuals and their families.


The following values guide the programs and services provided by Kern County Hispanic Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services

  •      Respect, compassion, caring, loyalty, and safety for all community members
  •       Honesty, integrity, and professional ethics in all undertakings
  •       Social responsibility and dedication to equity and justice
  •       Acceptance and celebration of differences
  •       A commitment to innovation and creativity


We were established in 1984 as the Kern County Chicano Commission on Alcoholism, a California Corporation.  On May 25,1988, we changed our name to “Kern County Hispanic Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services” to introduce a broader spectrum of SUD treatment services.

The original mission of the Kern County Hispanic Commission was to serve Hispanic women in our community by providing prevention and treatment programs in Spanish-speaking communities.  However, over the last few decades, our leadership recognized the need for our services across Kern County. In 2016, KCHC began providing services to all individuals regardless of gender.

Don’t let our name fool you! Our doors are open to anyone who needs help with their substance use disorder. We are an inclusive outpatient recovery center able to work with individuals from all cultures.


Hannah Garber, MA
Executive Director

Lupe Juarez, CADC-I
Supervising Counselor

Francisco Fuentes, APCC, AMFT

Andrés González, ASW

Madlyn Scott, ASW

Allysa Kennedy, CADC-I
SUD Counselor

Salina Perez, CADC-I
SUD Counselor

Jackie Carrazco, RADT
SUD Counselor

Sophia Ruano,
Support Staff


  • Victor VeVea, President
  • Glenda Braun, Secretary
  • Gabriel Godinez, Treasurer
  • Bill Slocumb, Member
  • Roger Lampkin, Member
  • Randy Andrade, Member

Thank you to our 2023 corporate sponsors:

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