City of San Diego, County awards $ 5 million for behavioral health services – NBC 7 San Diego
San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and Mayor Todd Gloria today announced 21 transitional housing units, four vehicles for crisis care teams and new technology for mental health and Addiction will be funded using $ 5 million of the $ 25 million County Behavioral Health Impact Fund.
“Trauma causes a person to struggle with mental illness, to become dependent and to end up on our streets; with the Behavioral Health Impact Fund, we are making more resources available to provide trauma-informed, person-centered care, ”said Fletcher. “These projects are a testament to the success of the Behavioral Health Impact Fund, and I would like this fund to continue to serve as a vehicle to increase the capacity of mental health and addiction services long after the first $ 25 million has been spent.
The Behavioral Health Impact Fund is intended to provide one-time capital funding to mental health and addiction treatment providers to expand their capacity to provide services to individuals. Many organizations have the capacity to raise funds from the state and the federal government for the provision of services, but often do not have the capacity to do so because they do not have the physical capacity or the ability to do so. necessary equipment or facilities.
Fletcher approached San Diego about the idea of using money from the settlement of a legal dispute involving redevelopment funds to finance capital projects. All projects funded by the $ 25 million fund must be concentrated in San Diego.
“The Behavioral Health Impact Fund’s investment in these first five projects will be transformational for some of our most vulnerable neighbors,” said Gloria. “The projects we announced today will provide hundreds of San Diegans with access to the housing and health care they need to find a stable footing and get their lives back on track.”
Five different entities were funded with the initial $ 5 million, including the La Maestra Housing for Hope project, located at 4135 Fairmount Avenue in City Heights.
The proposed project involves the transformation of an existing 4,867 square foot building into a 12,400 square foot, 21-unit affordable transitional housing project with a housing office, community rooms, on-site laundry room, warehouse and a rooftop garden a short walk from the organization’s Hope Clinic. for the homeless.
“We are excited to expand our integrated behavioral health model to provide additional housing in the city of San Diego,” said Zara Marselian, Founder and CEO of La Maestra Community Health Center. “The La Maestra Circle of Care provides patient-centered, trauma-informed care while improving well-being by integrating the social determinants of health.
The La Maestra project represents $ 4.7 million of the $ 5 million granted on Monday.
The other projects are:
- $ 74,301 to the Community Research Foundation to purchase three vehicles to transport people staying in three crisis facility treatment centers directly to medical appointments, housing and other health care;
- $ 37,401 to Stepping Stone in San Diego to create additional outdoor space for individual and group treatment services and to purchase an eight-passenger van to expand transportation to and from medical appointments for clients receiving treatment ;
- $ 31,363.80 to the Sharp Healthcare Foundation for the purchase of 65 licenses to implement behavioral health services through telehealth; and
- $ 24,100 to Jewish Family Services to purchase technology to implement two new daytime Wi-Fi hotspots for outreach workers to provide telehealth services as part of their Drive Safe program Car park.
The remaining $ 20 million from the Behavioral Health Impact Fund will be awarded later this year.