No Place Like Home (NPLH) Program Technical Assistance and Consultation Services
The No Place Like Home (NPLH) Program, administered by the CA Dept. of Housing and Community Development (HCD), dedicates $2 billion in bond proceeds for the development of permanent supportive housing for persons who need mental health services and are experiencing homelessness, chronic homelessness, or are at-risk of chronic homelessness. Every county is eligible to receive an NPLH Technical Assistance grant, with amounts available based on county size.
To assist counties and community-based organizations with planning, design, application for, and implementation of their NPLH projects, CIBHS offers technical assistance and consulting services that would be paid from the NPLH TA funds. CIBHS can serve as the single point of contact for coordination of all types of NPLH technical assistance.
CIBHS has the expertise to:
Guide counties through the NPLH pre-implementation process.
Applying for NPLH Technical Assistance Funds
Conducting community needs assessments
Community and stakeholder outreach and engagement, building community acceptance, including addressing NIMBY issues.
Build the critical partnerships between behavioral health, homeless and affordable housing organizations; community members, local government, developers, and other community providers.
Strengthening those relationships with the intention of increasing understanding of the intersections and overlapping needs of shared homeless clientele.
Convening strategic meetings and workshops to produce a dialogue toward a common vision for integration, cost reduction, and improved services for behavioral health consumers and their families.
Provide examples of housing-health partnerships taking place across the country.
Coordinating communication with key state agencies to support learning, identification of additional training and technical assistance needs and regional collaboration.
Provide the supportive housing planning and implementation required by the NPLH Program.
Creating or updating a homeless plan.
Developing a Supportive Services Plan.
Accessing Evidence Based Program (EBP) resources and training.
Identifying and contracting with experienced affordable housing organizations, development partners and/or property management companies who have experience with permanent supportive housing.
Creating or improving a Coordinated Entry System.
Organizing property management and supportive services.
Developing a property management plan.
Access to the national SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) program to provide benefits assistance to the local homeless mentally ill population.
CIBHS is the California State Team Lead for SOAR.
Identify additional resources for capital, supportive services, and operating costs.
Identifying health care reform funding to integrate health and housing (e.g. Medi-Cal, Whole Person Care, Managed Care organizations)
Leveraging funds to access federal, state, and local financing, including USDA Rural Development housing and community facilities loans and grants, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, State programs, Cap and Trade grants, and private bank loans and grants.
Identifying and accessing pre development and construction financing. (HCD will not underwrite construction financing for NPLH).
Provide Evaluation and Outcome Measurements through the electronic Behavioral Health Solutions (eBHS) platform.
CIBHS developed eBHS, a web-based data platform, to provide counties and CBO’s the ability to collect, store, analyze and share data to support individual, population, and system improvement and outcome tracking.
Provide cross-training between behavioral health, affordable housing, and homeless systems with the goal of launching a productive dialogue between the housing and behavioral health sectors.
Affordable housing and county behavioral health agencies have a common goal: Improve the well-being of their clients. However, they most often work in silos, with different languages, acronyms, cultures, operating practices, and resources. The two sectors tend to have very little interaction with each other, even though in most cases they share the same clients. Affordable housing developers/managers rarely train to understand behavioral health disorders. Conversely, behavioral health professionals/staff have little knowledge about developing, funding and maintaining affordable housing.
Housing topics for BH staff: fair housing law; reasonable accommodation requirements; housing admission, lease and violation policies; understanding of various housing models, practices and trends successfully implemented with BH clients; and funding programs that support the creation and operation of housing for the target population.
BH topics for housing staff: achieving a basic understanding of mental illness and substance use disorders; identifying early signs of self-neglect, depression, anxiety or substance abuse; addressing and averting crisis situations; creating a recovery-oriented environment; steering residents to appropriate services; responding to MH or SU emergencies; understanding the unique procedures and protocols used in their counties; understanding health care reform; help staff understand and effectively respond to patient needs related to their physical or behavioral health; and development of an action plan, appropriate for general laypersons, encompassing skills, resources and knowledge to assess potentially difficult situations and take courses of action appropriate to their role and conditions.