Encompass Plans to Break Ground on new Sí Se Puede Behavioral Health Center in Watsonville

Encompass is thrilled to announce our official groundbreaking of the new, state-of-the-art Se Puede Behavioral Health Center will be held on Friday, June 21st from 11am-12pm at the construction site at 161 Miles Lane in Watsonville. 

About the new Center

The new Sí Se Puede Behavioral Health Center is projected to deliver high- quality, accessible, and personalized substance use disorder (SUD) and mental health treatment to more than 1,300 community members a year. The new campus will allow Encompass to meet every individual where they are in their recovery journey through connected programs with varying levels of care – from residential and outpatient treatment to family therapy – all in an atmosphere of dignity and respect where community members can thrive.  

The Center is designed with dedicated spaces for family therapy, a 30-seat classroom to provide ongoing educational programming for family and community members, and a welcoming outdoor space to welcome families for visits with residential program participants. Helping individuals and family members better understand SUD and how treatment works helps keep families together and improves outcomes for everyone.  

A Dream In the Making

Encompass’ original bilingual Sí Se Puede residential program has a rich history in the Santa Cruz community. The program, led by Latinx staff with lived experience, has served thousands of community members on their healing journey since the early 1990s. The Spanish term, “Sí Se Puede” translates to “Yes, you can”, which has and will continue to serve as the program’s mantra for client recovery and the journey to better health. 

“We are so proud to celebrate this important milestone with our community on June 21st", proclaims Monica Martinez, CEO of Encompass Community Services. “With the help of our community partners and the tireless efforts from our staff, the dream we had for the Sí Se Puede Center is finally becoming a reality. The new center is a tangible example of Encompass’ mission of health equity for all as we continue to expand high-quality behavioral health care services to everyone in our community.”  

Special Thanks to our Project Partners

Encompass’s full Sí Se Puede Behavioral Health Center project is being funded through a BHCIP grant (the Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program through the California Department of Health Care Services) as well as through a variety of additional sources, including generous philanthropists, and public and private grants from the Central California Alliance for Health, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, The City of Watsonville, and Community Foundation Santa Cruz County. Funding is still needed to fully outfit Encompass’s new center. Anyone interested in supporting the project can donate at https://bit.ly/SSPDonate. If you'd like to learn more or have questions, visit www.sisepuedecenter.org or contact [email protected].