CIBHS is pleased to announce that recent technical assistance contracts for Calaveras, Madera and Mariposa Counties have resulted in a total of $7,301,526 in new No Place Like Home (NPLH) funding. These funding awards will support the development of Permanent Supportive Housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness who are living with a serious mental illness. Led by CIBHS Associate Shoshana Zatz and Research & Evaluation Director Samantha Spangler, PhD, our work in these counties included stakeholder engagement, facilitation of focus groups, community surveys, data analysis, development of site-specific Supportive Services Plans, and development of the County Strategic Plan to Address Homelessness.
“The CIBHS team resourced Calaveras Health and Human Services Agency/Behavioral Health Services by developing a comprehensive Calaveras Homeless Plan with an incredibly short timeline (2-month period), as we needed a completed product in order to apply for the first round of NPLH funding at the end of January. CIBHS, in partnership with Calaveras County staff, held focus groups for close to 60 persons representing a wide range of services, and analyzed 81 completed community surveys, as part of the ongoing stakeholder engagement efforts to gather input about homelessness and housing needs in our county. As a result, Calaveras was successfully awarded in the first round of NPLH funding this month!”
- Susan Sells, MHSA Senior Department Analyst, Calaveras Health and Human Services Agency, Behavioral Health Services
CIBHS offers consultation and technical assistance to counties to assist with addressing planning and implementation requirements for NPLH as well as for other affordable housing, homeless and supportive housing funding programs. Additionally, CIBHS works with counties to create or strengthen critical partnerships between behavioral health, homeless and services providers, housing developers and property management companies. CIBHS can also conduct assessments of technical assistance and training needs of counties to help build staff expertise and support county capacity to work effectively with housing developers and other supportive services providers.
As CEO of The California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions, I’m pleased to announce the hiring of Rick DeGette as a Director who will oversee implementation of Supported Employment and Education programs, as well as provide strategic and tactical support to other CIBHS work concerned with the mitigation of social determinants of health. Rick is retiring as behavioral health director for Stanislaus County and will join the staff at CIBHS in early July. Prior to working with Stanislaus County, Rick was the Director of Vocational Services in
Alameda County where he helped implement and expand the Individual Placement and Support Model of Supported Employment across the county. Rick brings more than 30 years of experience working in public behavioral healthcare in California as a direct service provider, manager, administrator, program planner, and consultant.
Rick will be responsible for carrying out CIBHS’s strategic initiatives related to employment and education practices designed to mitigate social determinants of health. Rick will also be responsible for linking supported employment with other CIBHS supported evidence-based practices including, but not limited to: Strengths Model case management, Illness Management and Recovery, and Housing First Supported Housing.
Rick’s background also includes work with the former California Department of Mental Health to assist counties in developing education and human services programs for children, youth, adults, and older adults from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. He has dedicated his career to helping people with complex behavioral health challenges achieve their fullest recovery potential.
Rick has a Master of Arts degree in Agency Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. He is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. He also attended the University of Southern California where he received a certificate of achievement in Mental Health Leadership.
Please feel free to reach out to Rick (after July) with any needs in the aforementioned areas that CIBHS provides consulting and implementation support in. Thank you.