County Awarded $6 Million Prop 47 Grant

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County Awarded $6 Million Prop 47 Grant
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Photo: A Crisis Intervention Team comprised of a Sheriff Deputy and a mental health provider interact with individuals who may have a mental illness or substance abuse (County of Santa Barbara)

Source: County of Santa Barbara

The Bureau of State and Community Corrections awarded Santa Barbara County nearly $6 million over three years from Prop 47 grant funding to provide mental health services, substance-use disorder treatment, and/or diversion programs for people in the criminal justice system. The award recognizes a significant collaborative effort between county stakeholders committed to preventing and reducing the incarceration of individuals with mental illness and substance abuse disorders.

Led by the County’s Public Defender, Behavioral Wellness and the Sheriff’s Office, this funding will dedicate a full time co-response Crisis Intervention Team comprised of a Sheriff Deputy and a mental health provider for proactive and responsive community interventions, as well as develop Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion services to provide accessible mental health and substance abuse services for south county juvenile and adult residents with behavioral health needs. 

The grant program also provides housing-related assistance and other community-based supportive services, including job skills training, case management and civil legal services. The County’s objective is to serve as many individuals as possible with the array of programs and services, and divert a minimum of 120 people out of the criminal justice system in Santa Barbara County. 

The District Attorney, County Executive Office, Good Samaritan Shelter, Family Service Agency and the city of Goleta round out the list of participants in this initiative that will support immediate access to a sobering center, crisis and psychiatric services in lieu of arrest by law enforcement, crisis intervention team field activities, and step down housing. 

“This grant reflects the ongoing collaboration efforts of our justice partners and community based organizations,” said Public Defender Tracy Macuga. “All programs that the grant will support are proven effective tools to divert the most vulnerable population away from our jails and re-direct them to meaningful treatment options.” 

Alice Gleghorn, Director of Behavioral Wellness, added, “We are excited to launch this important collaborative initiative, providing effective interventions for some of our most vulnerable citizens in Santa Barbara County. The cooperation among all stakeholders will be key to the program’s success.”

The three-year grant will begin in August 2019 and include an evaluation component for an objective analysis of the impact of these services. Through mutual agreement, law enforcement officers involved in crisis intervention team work will be allowed to respond across county and city jurisdictions to provide seamless coverage for a minimum of 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday.

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biguglystick Jun 22, 2019 10:21 AM
County Awarded $6 Million Prop 47 Grant

This is what happens when good parenting and a solid home is missing. Kids become adults and slip throught the cracks. Women need safe access to legal abortion with no apologies. Some of these people have a mental illness they were born with, some come from bad homes and abuse over the years and substance abuse creates mental illness, but the absence of a good solid home is to blame. Ask any of these people on the streets where they came from and what their story is. You'll see.

a-1574195232 Jun 21, 2019 09:56 AM
County Awarded $6 Million Prop 47 Grant

Do what needs to be done! Build 3 long term licensed residential care assisted living facilities for 400-600 of our mentally ill in North, South and Central SB County to provide sheltered housing and supervision to keep them out of jail. Stop kicking the can down the road. SB County needs new results-oriented leaders.

Factotum Jun 21, 2019 10:03 AM
County Awarded $6 Million Prop 47 Grant

Let us know the total cost for this facility- and the government employee staffing requirements. Taxpayers want to know how much this "vagrancy" street addict situation is costing us and what are the upper limits when the world beats a path to this central coast shelter.

Emmenanthe Jun 21, 2019 08:50 AM
County Awarded $6 Million Prop 47 Grant

So, about 2 million per year to keep 120 mentally ill people out of jail, assuming they need help during the 40-hour work week. That's about $16,000 per person. Seems as though the money should go much, much farther.

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