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					Select Committee on Homelessness
Hearing, The Road Home: Step Two
Mental Health Systems
Laura V. Otis-Miles, Ph.D., CPRP
Vice President
Mental Health
Systems
• Mental Health Systems (MHS) is a not-for-profit
  organization founded in 1978 to improve the
  lives of individuals, families and communities
  facing substance abuse and behavioral health
  challenges.
• MHS’ programs are publicly funded and available
  to those who cannot afford privately paid
  services and would be otherwise unable to
  receive them.
• MHS services include a broad range of
  prevention, early intervention, integrated
  treatment, diversion and vocational programs.
  MHS now operates more than 90 programs
Mental Health
Systems
• The passage of California Proposition 63 in
  2004, known as the Mental Health Services Act,
  enabled MHS to expand services by
  implementing a variety of new programs.
• These programs include several Assertive
  Community Treatment (ACT) programs,
  supported employment services, and case
  management for transition age youth and older
  adults.
• Other expansions include veterans and military
  services and permanent supportive housing for
  seriously mentally ill individuals in San Diego
  County.
Serving Veterans,
Military, Reservists,
National Guards and
Their Families
• Courage to Call is a Veteran-staffed, prevention
  and early intervention program providing a 24/7
  Helpline @ 211, peer support, and outreach
  services to active and former military, their
  families and loved ones.
• Information, referrals, and access to food,
  shelter, housing; rent and utility assistance;
  employment; family, legal, counseling services;
  VA and other benefits; and Veterans transition
  services.
• Program is a collaborative partnership funded by
  San Diego County, Health and Human Services
  Agency / Mental Health Services, Mental Health
Serving Homeless
Veterans
• Club Vet Homeless Veterans Reintegration
  Program (HVRP) provides supportive services
  designed and operated by Veterans, to promote
  economic self-sufficiency and meaningful
  employment.
• Program offers a variety of vocational support
  and training services; job placement, tools, and
  clothing assistance; and case management for
  homeless Veterans seeking to re-enter the labor
  force.
• Department of Labor’s HVRP, established in
  1987, provides funding for Club Vet at its East
  San Diego County facility.
Housing Services –
Women and Children
• MHS’ housing services include residential
  treatment, temporary and transitional placement,
  and permanent supportive housing with ongoing
  case management.
• Family Recovery Center provides residential
  treatment and transitional housing for substance
  abuse recovery and improved parenting skills for
  up to 90 women, with their infants and children
  through the age of 10, in North San Diego
  County.
• Providence Place provides substance abuse
  treatment and housing to female parolees and
  their dependent children in Central San Diego
Housing Services –
Justice-Involved, Serious
Mental Illness
• Center Star Assertive Community Treatment
  (ACT) provides 24-hour / 365-days per year
  evidence-based, intensive treatment and housing
  for adults diagnosed with serious mental
  illnesses and criminal justice backgrounds, who
  have been incarcerated at some time during the
  last year.
• Serves an additional 25 homeless adults as part
  of the San Diego County Vulnerability Index
  Project.
• North Star Assertive Community Treatment
  (ACT) provides 24-hour / 365-days per year
  services for mentally ill adults living in North
Housing Services –
Serious Mental Illness
• Center Star ACT and North Star ACT housing
  services are based on a ‘housing first’ model in
  order to support immediate stabilization.
  Temporary and transitional placements (e.g.,
  single room occupancies) are used during the
  assessment phase.
• Permanent supportive housing is client-centered
  and offered through rental subsidies (Mental
  Health Services Act sponsored) and HUD-based
  vouchers (Homeless Prevention, Shelter + Care,
  Safe Haven).
• Clients receive medications, counseling,
  vocational rehabilitation, peer support, and case

				
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