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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Honoring our Staff for National Health Center Week

Every August, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) sponsors National Health Center Week (NHCW) to celebrate and increase awareness of America’s 1,400 Community Health Centers. National Health Center Week is an opportunity to highlight the commitment and passion of Community Health Center staff, board members, and supporters who make it possible to provide quality healthcare services to more than 30 million patients across 14,500 communities annually.

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Meet the Encompass Finance Team!

We are so happy to highlight the important work of our Unsung Heroes at Encompass – the Finance Team! Their dedication and attention to detail keep our operations humming and make sure we are allocating all of our donations, contracts, and grant money effectively. If you have made a mid-year donation to our agency, we sincerely appreciate your generosity. As a non-profit, we depend on your donations, as well as government and private grants to continue to serve our Santa Cruz community. 

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Meet the Encompass Community Services Racial Equity Workgroup!

We are proud to report that Encompass formed a Racial Equity Workgroup earlier this year. Our Racial Equity Workgroup (REWG) is a staff-led effort dedicated to cultivating an organizational culture that promotes equitable pay, hiring practices, and thresholds for growth within the agency. We recognize that diversity at all levels of our organization is not only an asset to our agency, but also to the communities we serve. Our REWG is another example of our Encompass values in practice: resiliency, equity, kindness, and compassion.

As we celebrate Juneteenth this month, we would like to shine the spotlight on our Racial Equity Workgroup staff members and the goals and plans for the group in 2023 and beyond. Special thanks for their commitment to our community and a more diverse, inclusive work environment.

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Encompass Program Spotlight: Families Together

We are so proud of our Encompass Families Together program! Families Together is an innovative counseling program that provides home-based services to Santa Cruz County families. The primary objectives of the program are to improve safety, child development, and family relationships. Our counselors work with parents, caregivers, and children to prevent child maltreatment and promote social and emotional well-being. 

Families referred by Santa Cruz County Family & Children’s Services or CalWORKs are assigned a therapist who helps families with parenting strategies, child development, and parent-child attachment, and can connect families with other community resources such as substance use counseling, interpersonal violence services, and early education support.  

Here’s an in-depth profile featuring our awesome Families Together Staff. We appreciate the support and services they provide to families across Santa Cruz County. To learn more about the Encompass Families Together program, please visit our web page. 

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Encompass Community Services awarded $9.36M to fund bilingual behavioral health center in Watsonville

We are thrilled to share that Encompass Community Services has been awarded a $9.36M grant to support the development of our new, state-of-the-art Sí Se Puede Behavioral Health Center in Watsonville.  

The award is part of the Department of Health Care Services’ (DHCS) Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program (BHCIP) Round 4: Children and Youth grants. As announced by Governor Gavin Newsom’s office on December 8, this round of grants includes $480.5M in awards to 54 projects aimed at improving California’s behavioral health infrastructure for children and youth.  

BHCIP funding will allow Encompass to significantly expand Santa Cruz County’s substance-use disorder treatment capacity for transition-age youth (ages 18-25) and families. Specifically, the project will allow Encompass to add 7 new residential substance-use disorder treatment beds, as well 106 annual outpatient treatment slots for transition-age youth and families.

This treatment capacity expansion project is the cornerstone of Encompass’s larger effort to develop a state-of-the-art behavioral health campus in Watsonville that will deliver equitable treatment to nearly 1,300 community members per year.  

“Encompass has long dreamed of building a bright, new behavioral health center in Watsonville to reduce barriers to treatment and make personalized, high-quality behavioral health care accessible to everyone in our community,” said Encompass CEO Monica Martinez. “This award provides the vital investment needed to break ground on the project next year and brings us significantly closer to realizing our full fundraising goal.”  

 

 

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