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Our Mission

To heal and empower any person with substance abuse disorder in a safe, nurturing environment to assist them in becoming a respected, responsible, productive member of the community.

About Us

Co-founders John McManus

Medical Director Ruby Bayan, MD

In 2015, John McManus and Ruby Bayan, MD, an adult, child and addiction psychiatrist  shared a common vision to provide the best care needed for those suffering from addiction in our community.  With more than 50 years of experience between them in this field, they collaborated with other community stakeholders to bring their vision to life.
Waterfront Recovery Services is the first detox program in Humboldt County certified by the State of California Department of Health Care Services to provide Incidental Medical Services.


Congressman Jerad Huffman tours Waterfront with aide John Driscoll, John McManus and Dr. Bayan. (right).

Co-founder John McManus and Medical Director Dr. Ruby Bayan meeting with political leaders and community partners. (below)

Addressing the Needs of a Community in Crisis

Addiction Studies - Wellness Practices - Life Skills

Employment Opportunities - Transition Support

Waterfront Administrative Staff


Jeremy Campbell

Executive Director


Jackie Coghill

Nurse Practitioner

Jamaica Bartz

Jamaica Bartz

Chief Operations Officer

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Stacy Smith

Director of Admissions


My counselor couldn’t have done a better job. He always had time for me and gave me excellent care. I was given the same from detox staff all the way to the good food of the kitchen staff. Thank you!

Alcohol Drug Care Services opened Waterfront Recovery Services in the fall of 2017 to provide medically supervised detox and addiction therapy. Our staff of medical professionals and counselors specializing in addiction issues work continuously to develop compassionate and effective programs for residents in an effort to treat the whole person.


Detox Counselors at Waterfront case manage for individual SUD (Substance Use Disorder) recovery and general health care. WRS also provides services for dual diagnosis clients with secondary mental health issues. 


Extra curricular exercise programs, yoga, art workshops, and a variety of spiritual practices scheduled on site bring inspiration and vitality to the process of putting lives back together.

Resumes, job interview skills, cooking classes, budgeting are some of the offerings our transitional housing staff make available.

Jesse Pearson

Staff Spotlight - Kitchen Manager Jesse Pearson

Jesse Pearson

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Photos: TOP - Jesse & Jessica Pearson run the WRS kitchen together CENTER - Pearson prepping food from scratch BELOW - Pearson in his office. and in the kitchen with Jessica making a special Valentines Day dessert.

Pearson continued to work in restaurant kitchens all those years, some of them with John. But at some point, (John) McMannus fell down, got back up again, went to school and started working in recovery programs. Seeing the flaws and the things he would do differently, McMannus used his knowledge and tenacity to change the way recovery services are delivered. It was the fine-tuning of that vision (that included good food) that inspired McMannus to reach out to Pearson. “I came over and took a look at this kitchen. It looked great, huge and the job just promised me a lot of freedom; getting off the line and stuff like that. I wasn't fully aware of what was happening here at first. But as soon as I came to work here, it kind of dawned on me what was going on with what John’s vision was for the place.”

“I was ready for the change but I had never run a kitchen and that definitely presented some challenges. So yeah, I was I was kind of floundering a little bit - until till I hired my wife,” he laughs. “She (Jessica) came on to help me manage because she's always been a manager. And I've always been a cook. So together, we figured it out.”

When asked to describe the vision, Pearson says, “Basically to give people in recovery, struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, really good food. John just turned me loose on basically whatever I wanted to do, which meant a lot of fresh ingredients, scratch made sauces, homemade spices, just as healthy as we could get it - within our budget.”

“So even though John has passed away, Jessica and I have taken it upon ourselves to make sure that this legacy continues. We train and teach our employees in the kitchen the way we want things done, not to cut corners, to make sure that we have a good product to give the clients because it really does make a difference. It makes them feel good. And that's where it’s really his vision as part of the healing process. Good food makes you feel good. So yeah, we keep that going and it's been working really great.”
Pearson hires a lot of program graduates to work in the kitchen as a pathway to independence and to be part of the team that delivers so much more than nutritious meals to WRS clients. We've lost some of them

. . . just relapsing or quitting or what have you. But you know, some of them are just doing really well. And they're making it happen. They're going to their retreats and their meetings and their groups. They're all about it. It's inspiring to see that it can work if you're willing to put in the time.”

Pearson has had a personal connection to Substance Use Disorder from a young age. “I grew up in an alcoholic family. And so I spent my whole childhood and young adult life around addicts and alcoholics and stuff like that. It wasn't a normal thing to see people get help in my family, none of them really did. A lot of them died because of it. So growing up, I didn't really have that connection to oh, this can be remedied or this can get better. It just wasn't a real thing. And I had my own struggles with alcohol and drug addiction as a young person. I just kind of tapered out of it in my own way without having to go to a facility, probably should have at one point. When I came here, I realized that there was this whole network of people that really work hard and try to make this happen and stick with it for years and years. It fosters hope because you can see that help is available for people and that they just really have to work hard for it. It's not easy.”

Actually, both Jesse and Jessica Pearson were doing this work for years prior to coming to Waterfront. Before Jesse was 21, they got custody of his younger siblings. “My mom and my stepdad were really, really bad alcoholics, to the point of the kids suffering,” Pearson remembers when he talks about leaving home at 17. “Without me there, it got a lot worse because I was the oldest and I was the one that kind of looked out for them. But, you know, I just I had to get out. A couple years later, one of my sisters and my brother came to live in our house.” They fought through the courts for a long time to eventually get legal guardianship. “My other sister went to live with Jessica's mom who lives next door.” Jessica’s mom was a foster parent for 25 years.  “So basically it was like a compound where kids that were being abused or neglected could feel safe. From there, we raised them, and now they're incredible adult human beings. Yeah, and we also had our own son at the time who was already three or four when I met Jessica, so we had a lot of kids in a small space but it was great. You know, it worked.”

And it’s still working. That love and sense of family is how the WRS kitchen is run. It’s not without challenges but together, they do an incredible job of making it work. “One of the day to day challenges is the cost of food, trying to maintain the integrity of what we want this kitchen to be while costs climb to astronomical heights. Right now we're working with Food for People, going out to the bread store, getting our bread a lot cheaper . . . that’s really helped. Anytime we can cut down food costs to make sure we can still keep this the way we want it - because we do come under scrutiny from time to time, we keep our eyes open. We're constantly going to different stores, whoever's got the deals or whatever.”

But they do so much more. Every holiday, even the sometimes overlooked holidays, are celebrated with special food and festive decorations from the kitchen to bring joy to WRS residents. “Before Jessica came on board, I couldn't have ever even thought about having the time to do that,” Pearson admits.  “She really fostered that whole program because every holiday . . .  we just had a Chinese New Year last Friday, you know, we did a bunch of Chinese food in the fun to-go boxes with chopsticks and the clients loved it. Yesterday was Fat Tuesday, we did a Mardi Gras themed day for food. We had muffulettas and red beans and rice. They really appreciate the extra steps and care we put into our food and celebrating the holidays. And it's not just Christmas and Thanksgiving. It's Cinco de Mayo and . .  . today's Valentine's Day and we're working on a bunch of gift baskets for all the clients, you know, then there's St. Patrick's Day and . . .  like no stone goes unturned. And the clients love it and really appreciate it.

The Pearsons are a rare and wonderful example of a collaboration that works like a well-oiled machine - personally and professionally. “We’re very lucky in that we work together, we live together, we do everything together, and we seemingly are okay with it. I mean, so far, so good,” he laughs.

John McManus 1964 - 2022

indebted to this tenacious and compassionate man.

Family, friends and community collaborators came together at his memorial to celebrate the life of this powerhouse that ended too soon due to ALS. Speakers shared stories about McManus as loving father, smart, compassionate advocate, amazing musician and most of all, hilarious friend. Laughter marked most interactions with him and this occasion was no different. There was a general sense of appreciation that we had this wonderful man in our lives.

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It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Alcohol Drug Care Services’ Executive Director and Waterfront co-founder John McManus. He was a fearless, street-smart visionary who insisted on raising the bar for care in our community. McManus walked the walk and showed others the way. We will forever be

Community Steps Up To Honor
John McManus and Support WRS
Sunday June 5th. Click here for info.

Medical Director Dr. Ruby Bayan on Community Voices

Waterfront Recovery Services provides a medical model for Substance Use Disorder designed by Dr. Bayan and Co-founder John McManus.


. . . really pulled through for me in detox going above and beyond, helping me through a very tough time. I should be getting my daughter back very soon. Thank you so much.


Thank you Waterfront staff! I love you all and appreciate your care and encouragement. You have given me a good starting board for my recovery journey; I will miss all of you.

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