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. 

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Head Start and Early Head Start End of Year Wrap-up

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As the school year wraps up for many families, we'd like to take a moment to celebrate how honored we are to support some of the tiniest members of our community — children served through the Encompass Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

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Encompass Celebrating 1st Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Month

Encompass has dedicated April to celebrating DEI within our organization, and raise awareness for health disparities stemming from race, ethnicity, or cultural bias. Our mission of health equity for all is why we serve Santa Cruz County’s most vulnerable populations so that everyone has access to behavioral health services. Every day, we help clients who are unhoused, experiencing substance use disorders, living with mental health challenges, or have justice-related education and probation requirements. One of the key principles that sets Encompass apart from other health care organizations is our focus on Enhanced Case Management (ECM). ECM means that we view the treatment and recovery of our clients holistically, addressing their health care needs and connecting them with other services that may be beyond our scope.

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U.S. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren Visits Encompass’ Sí Se Puede Site

On March 4th, we were honored to welcome U.S. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren to tour our former Sí Se Puede (SSP) Residential Program site, which will soon be replaced with our new state- of- the- art SSP Behavioral Health Center. Our new center will include expanded access to services including substance use disorder residential treatment, outpatient programs, and Medication Addiction Treatment (MAT) for adults and Transition Age Youth (ages 18-24).

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Women’s History Month

Happy Women's History Month from the Inclusion Diversity Equity & Action (IDEA) Team! This month we spoke with several of our hardworking, powerful, and incredible staff members from across our organization and asked them what Women’s History Month means to them, and to also reflect on women in their life who have inspired them along the way. We have so many impressive female-identifying staff working at Encompass, and we are so excited to spotlight a few! At Encompass, we know the power of women, so please join us in celebrating and recognizing the amazing women in our lives- and those who paved the way for us today!

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Encompass Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program Receives DHCS Grant to Expand Services

Unfortunately, the opioid crisis in the US continues to persist. According to the US Department of Health & Human Services, over 130 people die every day from opioid-related drug overdoses. The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has implemented a program called the California DHCS Opioid Response (previously known as the California MAT Expansion Project) to increase access to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) services, reduce unmet treatment needs, and reduce opioid overdose-related deaths in California. DHCS’ Opioid Response focuses on 3 goals: saving lives, ensuring access to treatment, and reducing the barriers to care. The program also focuses on populations with limited MAT access, including youth, people in rural areas, and American Indian & Alaska Native tribal communities.

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Encompass Secures Essential Grant and Contract Funding from Community Partners

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.

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Encompass Spotlight Blog: Links2Health

The Encompass Links2Health program is designed to provide wraparound care to community members who are unhoused or living outside. This comprehensive program provides adults experiencing homelessness with essential life needs and also helps them improve their health outcomes. Made possible by Medi-Cal funding, our program offers both housing navigation and enhanced care management (ECM) services to qualifying Medi-Cal beneficiaries including adults and/or families experiencing homelessness, adults with serious mental illness or substance use disorder, and adult high utilizers of the healthcare system.

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SSP Spotlight

It’s time to shine the light on our Sí Se Puede Residential Behavioral Health Center and our amazing staff! Located in the foothills of Watsonville, Sí Se Puede (SSP) is a 23-bed residential facility led by Latinos with lived experience serving Spanish-speaking, male clients for a 30-90 day period, depending on client needs. Licensed by the California State Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and CARF accredited, SSP is one of the only bilingual and monolingual treatment centers in the nation. The program helps clients recover from substance use disorder (SUD) using evidence-based trauma informed and cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), as well as focused individual and group counseling, life-skill building, and mindfulness. Clients are assessed at intake and twice a month during treatment to ensure that they are receiving the care they need. When a client is ready for a lower intensity of care, we work to successfully transition clients to outpatient services. Our hard-working bilingual staff includes highly skilled, trained and certified clinicians, counselors, and peer mentors who strive to meet each individual where they are in their recovery journey, treating each client with dignity and respect.

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Alto Substance Use Disorder Program Staff Spotlight

One of the most important services Encompass provides is Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatment and counseling. Our qualified and licensed staff help members of our community struggling with drug or alcohol dependencies recover and get their lives back. Encompass’ Alto Counseling Centers located in Santa Cruz and Watsonville provide trauma-informed SUD counseling, supporting clients to identify and achieve their goals of harm reduction, sobriety, medication assisted treatment, legal follow through, mental health linkage, medical needs, and more. They help clients sort out life stressors and determine what part substance use plays in them. Our counselors are trained professionals with knowledge of substance misuse and its impact. They offer in-person or counseling via Telehealth and provide coordination with clients’ medical providers and with their families, when needed. With therapy and support, our Alto team strives to make positive changes in the lives of our clients. 

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