Happy 2024! We are proud to report that Encompass secured federal and state grants and contracts last month to continue many of our safety-net services for the Santa Cruz community. Encompass operates over 40 programs spanning Youth and Family Services, Housing Support Services, Residential Treatment Services, and Adult Outpatient Services.
Here is an overview of our programs and services:
Youth & Family Services
Our Head Start, Early Head Start, and State Pre-K programs help provide a strong educational foundation for children and their families. Our Transition Age Youth (TAY) program, Youth Mental Health Services (YMHS) program, Youth Substance Use Disorder (YSUD) program, Stable Transitions after Re-entry (STAR), and Intensive Support Services (ISS) support youth aged 15-24 who have had experience with foster care placement, juvenile justice, homelessness, or trauma-related issues. Our Families Together and Fuerte Wraparound programs provide counseling, crisis response, education, medication, and other resources for families with parents or youth struggling with substance use disorder and other behavioral health conditions.
Housing Support Services
Encompass’ Housing Support services support Santa Cruz’s unhoused population through case management, assistance filling out housing voucher paperwork, coaching and navigation, housing retention, access to transportation for appointments, and linkage to other social services. These programs provide services to both adults and youth experiencing homelessness.
Residential Treatment Services
Encompass operates facilities across the County including sober living environments, peer respite centers, and community-based short-term treatment centers to help individuals with substance use disorders and mental health conditions transition to an independent living community.
Outpatient Treatment Services
Encompass also provides critical adult outpatient services across several locations. Services provided include substance use disorder counseling, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), intensive mental health case management for adults on probation, court-ordered Drinking Driver programs, domestic abuse counseling, anger management counseling, and other in-custody services for incarcerated adults at local jail facilities.
Encompass serves over 4,000 Santa Cruz residents every year and we could not do this without the support of grants from our community partners. We are so grateful for the following recent grants which will ensure that our programs continue to thrive. We’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the following Encompass community partners:
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for renewing funding this year for our Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP). The goal of YHDP is to support selected communities, including rural, suburban, and urban areas across the United States, in the development and implementation of a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness. To learn more about how the YHDP program works, check out this systems map.
The Central California Alliance for Health for supporting Encompass in healthcare technology, expansion of behavioral health services at our future Sí Se Puede program site in Watsonville, and essential funding for our Links2Health program through the CalAIM Incentive Payment Program (IPP).
The Monterey Peninsula Foundation, host of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and PURE Insurance Championship, impacting the First Tee for supporting our Youth Services Programs and our future Sí Se Puede program in Watsonville.
The California Department of Health Care Services (“DHCS”) under the Capacity and Infrastructure, Transition, Expansion and Development (CITED) Program, which is part of the California Providing Access and Transforming Health (“PATH”) Initiative supports our Links2Health program.
Thank you to these funders and to everyone who donated to Encompass Community Services over the holiday season. With the help of our generous community partners and loyal donors, we continue to deliver on our mission of health equity for all.