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Donate gift cards for youth and make a wish come true

Giving Tree 2015_ExternalSan Bernardino County’s 2015 Giving Tree Campaign for Transitional Age Youth is underway and donated gift cards for young people in need are being accepted through Monday, Dec. 14.

Make a difference in the life of a Transitional Age Youth this holiday season by purchasing gift cards for participating youth.

The Department of Behavioral Health provides services to transitional aged youth ages 16 to 25 who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless who have been living in foster care, group homes and other placements.

The youth have listed their holiday wishes and are depending on the kindness of others. For some, this is the only gift they receive for the holidays.

To donate, request a wish from the Transitional Age Youth Holiday Wish Box by email to Roxanne De Hay or call (909) 387-7192 (7-1-1 for TTY users). Request a wish in person at the TAY Center, 780 E. Gilbert Street in San Bernardino.

Only gift cards are accepted. Click here for more information.

Summit to share best practices to end homelessness

Homeless PersonThe San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership (SBCHP), in collaboration with the Department of Behavioral Health Office of Homeless Services, is hosting their 9th Annual Homeless Summit to inform stakeholders and community members of the current and future efforts that have been and will be made to address the issue of homelessness in San Bernardino County.

The Homeless Summit will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Ontario Convention Center, 2000 East Convention Center Way, in Ontario. The summit is free of charge to attendees.

“The County of San Bernardino is on track to completely eliminate veteran homelessness by the end of this year.  In addition, we are committed to ending chronic homelessness for children and families once and for all. The Homeless Summit will showcase our countywide approach to ending homelessness, and ultimately improving quality of life in every one of our communities,” said Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales, who is also chair of the Interagency Council on Homelessness.

Guest speakers will include: Tom Hernandez, Office of Homeless Services; Sharon Green, Victor Valley Family Resource Center; Theodore “Ted” Alejandre, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools; Amy Sawyer, United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH); and Philip Mangano, American Round Table to Abolish Homelessness. Gonzales will make closing remarks.

Interested individuals can learn more about the Homeless Summit or register to attend by visiting or by calling Deanna Luttrell at (909) 386-8225 (7-1-1 for TTY users.)

The SBCHP works to develop countywide public and private partnerships and to coordinate services and resources to end homelessness in San Bernardino County. Through this, SBCHP is helping to achieve the Countywide Vision by working to create a sustainable system of community health, public safety, and housing. Information on the Countywide Vision, the San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership and the Department of Behavioral Health can be found at

Public invited to provide feedback on veteran housing project

feedbackThe San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) invites members of the community, especially veterans, to review and provide feedback on the Liberty Lane Veteran Housing project, a Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Housing Program developed to provide permanent supportive housing for veterans with serious mental illness who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

The plan will be posted for review and public comment for 30 days from Oct. 15 to Nov. 14 at under the announcements heading.

The California Housing Finance Agency and the California Department of Health Care Services have jointly allocated approximately $20 million in funds to DBH for this MHSA Housing Program. These funds will be used in the development of permanent supportive housing for veterans with serious mental illness who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The project is proposed for development by A Community of Friends.

The Mental Health Services Act, Proposition 63, was passed by California voters in November 2004 and went into effect January 2005.  The Act is funded by a 1 percent surcharge on personal income of more than $1 million per year.

For additional information, please contact Douglas Fazekas, Housing and Employment Program Administrative Manager, at (909) 421-9451.

DBH, through MHSA, is supporting the Countywide Vision by providing resources to promote wellness, recovery and resiliency in the community. Information on the Countywide Vision and the Department of Behavioral Health can be found at

Project Connect event today for homeless and low-income families

Upland 2015 PROJECT CONNECT Flyer PIO rev  7 15 15 (4)The San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership and Upland Homeless Stakeholders invite homeless and low-income families to attend Upland Project Connect today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Upland Project Connect is a free resource event which will be held at Upland Memorial Park in the Attwood picnic area along Foothill Boulevard between Hospital Park Way and Grove.

Complimentary lunch will be provided for the first 400 participants.

Free on site services, resources and referrals for low income individuals and families may include:
 Medical screenings
 Hygiene kits
 Child care information and services
 Senior Services
 Employment services
 Transitional Assistance Department
 Veteran’s Services
 Legal Services
 Other local resources and more

For more information, interpretation requests or disability related accommodations, please contact: Michele Bletcher at (909) 386-8231,, dial 2-1-1 or 7-1-1 for TTY users.

Community invited to event celebrating recovery

Vickie Baumbach, DBH Alcohol and Drug Services Program Manager II, and Veronica Kelley, DBH Assistant Director, at 2014 Recovery Happens Event.

Vickie Baumbach, DBH Alcohol and Drug Services Program Manager II, and Veronica Kelley, DBH
Assistant Director, at 2014 Recovery Happens Event.

The Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) and its community partners invite the public to help celebrate National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month by attending the 12th Annual Recovery Happens event on Saturday, Sept.19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park, 800 N. Archibald Avenue in Ontario.  This no-cost event is made possible through the support of local community partners, agencies and businesses.

Recovery Happens will feature children’s activities, family games, entertainment, free refreshments (while supplies last) and agency booths providing educational resources. A special tribute will take place for individuals in recovery, their families and friends, and those working in the field of prevention, substance use disorder treatment and recovery support services.

This collaborative event between DBH’s Alcohol and Drug Services (ADS) and community partners is designed to increase awareness and understanding of substance use issues while celebrating recovery. Recovery Month is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and was adopted by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors in 2011. This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Visible, Vocal, Valuable!” emphasizes the value of peer support in educating, mentoring, and helping others.

“Recovery happens every day. In September, we celebrate the journey taken by community members, family and friends, towards wellness, prevention, treatment and recovery,” said DBH Assistant Director, Veronica Kelley. “DBH is honored to host this annual event to support those we serve.”

DBH’s ADS provides a full range of substance use disorder prevention, treatment and education for communities and residents of San Bernardino County through a network of community based organizations and County-operated clinics with the goal of promoting prevention, intervention, recovery and resiliency for individuals and families. Through ADS, DBH is supporting the Countywide Vision by working to create a county in which those who reside and invest can prosper and achieve well-being.

For additional information regarding this event or DBH ADS services, contact Lois Mergener at (909) 386-8262 (711 for TTY users) or or visit

Behavioral Health cultural committees recognized nationally

Spirituality Sub Committee

Members and guests of the OCCES Spirituality Sub Committee meet to discuss how to best integrate spirituality into behavioral health service delivery.

The Department of Behavioral Health’s (DBH) Office of Cultural Competency and Ethnic Services (OCCES) has been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo) for its 12 Culture-specific Subcommittees in the category of Civic Education and Public Information.

These community driven Culture-specific Subcommittees function as advisory groups, working to assist DBH in designing programs and services that are community-driven and culturally informed. The committees engage in policy advocacy, develop trainings and conduct outreach activities by recruiting members of the community and engaging them in program planning. Members attend scheduled forums to address the needs of their community and develop strategies to address those needs.

“OCCES, along with our community partners, support the Quality of Life element of the Countywide Vision and will continue to promote and provide culturally competent services that are community centered, culturally informed, recovery-oriented, and wellness driven. We are honored to be nationally recognized by NACo for these efforts,” stated DBH’s Cultural Competency Officer, Imo Momoh.

Community members are invited to participate in any of the following sub-committees: Asian Pacific Islander, Co-Occurring and Substance Abuse, Disabilities, African American, Latino, LGBTQ, Native American, Spirituality, Transitional Age Youth, Veteran’s, Women’s, and Consumer and Family Members.

For more information on these committees or the OCCES, call (909) 386-8223 (TTY users dial 711.)

Started in 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Award Program is designed to recognize innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents. Each nominee is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received. This year, the County of San Bernardino won 46 Achievement Awards from NACo.

DBH, through the Office of Cultural Competence and Ethnic Services, is supporting the Countywide Vision by capitalizing on the diversity of people to create a broad range of choices in health services for County residents.  Information on the Countywide Vision and the Department of Behavioral Health can be found at

Outreach to homeless in Victorville

Behavioral Health_ full color_Alternate Config (2)Homeless and low-income individuals and families can access a variety of supportive services and information during the Project Connect outreach event on June 3, hosted by the San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership and collaborative partners.

The event will provide free dental and medical screenings, hygiene products, legal services, employment services, housing support services, child care information and services and more.  Additional information regarding other county services and resources will also be provided.

“The homeless and those at-risk of becoming homeless often lack transportation and access to mainstream services,” said Office of Homeless Services Manager Tom Hernandez. “This is what makes the Project Connect event, and other events that bring together providers and those seeking services to one location, so vital to these individuals and the community.”

Project Connect will be held on Wednesday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 15512 Sixth Street in Victorville.

Project Connect outreach events are held periodically throughout San Bernardino County to provide a centralized service delivery location where non-profit medical and social service providers can collaborate to best serve those in need.

For additional information on this or subsequent Project Connect outreach events, contact Deanna Luttrell at (909) 386-8225 or 7-1-1 for TTY users.



County reaches out to homeless and low income families in Needles

DBH_Version2_FullColorThe San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership is hosting Project Connect to help homeless and low-income residents in need.

The event will be held on March 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at El Garces Train Depot, 950 Front Street in Needles.

The purpose of Project Connect is to provide a centralized location where nonprofit medical and social service providers collaborate to provide services to low-income and homeless individuals and families.

At the event, there will be free dental care, family support, housing support services, hygiene products, medical care, mental health services, substance abuse treatment, SSI information, legal advice, employment services and more. Additional educational information regarding other available county services and resources will also be provided.

For more information about this event or other Project Connect outreach events, contact Deanna Luttrell at (909) 386-8225 or 7-1-1 for TTY users.

Celebrate Black History Month on Feb. 20

blackhistorymonthA Black History Month celebration will be held on Friday, Feb. 20 at San Bernardino Valley College from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to further understanding of the African-American culture through education and collaboration and to promote mental health awareness.

The event is being held at San Bernardino Valley College Business Center, 701 South Mount Vernon Avenue in San Bernardino.

All community and faith-based organizations and community members interested in celebrating Black History Month are welcome to attend. The event will include a historical display, resource fair and food.

The San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health’s African-American Awareness Sub-Committee of the Cultural Competency Advisory Committee is hosting the event in partnership with the Black Voice, San Bernardino Valley College Black Faculty and Staff, and Successfully Motivating African-Americans through Resiliency Training (S.M.A.A.R.T.) Program.

André Bossieux, program manager of the Department of Behavioral Health’s One Stop TAY Center will make a presentation during the event. Hari Jones, assistant director of the African-American Civil War Museum is also expected to speak.

For more information, contact Jonathan Buffong at (909) 386-8234 or 711 for TTY users.

Homeless service providers awarded $6.9 million in grants

DBH_Version2_FullColorA combination of funding for new and renewed project grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will provide homeless service agencies, throughout San Bernardino County, with more than $6.9 million to provide transitional, permanent housing and rapid re-housing to countless numbers of homeless individuals and families who might otherwise be living on the streets.

On January 26, 2015, HUD announced the award of over $1.8 billion in grants to help nearly 8,400 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.   The Continuum of Care (CoC) grants support the Administration’s efforts to end homelessness by providing critically needed housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness across the country.

“This type of funding is what San Bernardino County needs. Turning a blind eye to homelessness hurts our communities and can be up to five times more costly than providing permanent supportive housing programs like those funded through this $6.9 million grant,”  Supervisor Josie Gonzales, Chair of the Interagency Council on Homelessness, said.

HUD’s decision to fund these new programs will bring over $6.9 million directly to all 24 cities and unincorporated areas within San Bernardino County to fund two new rapid re-housing projects, 18 existing projects, and a local planning grant. Agencies implementing these projects include Central City Lutheran Mission, San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health, Foothill Family Shelter, Frazee Community Center, Global One Development, House of Prayer-Gospel Outreach Ministries Inc., Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino, Inland Temporary Homes, Inland Valley Hope Partners, Knowledge Education and Your Success (KEYs), Life Community Development, New Hope Village, Salvation Army-San Bernardino, Time For Change Foundation, and U.S. Vets-United States Veterans Initiative.  In addition to housing services, CoC grants fund a wide range of activities including, street outreach, assessments, mental health counseling, employment counseling, substance abuse treatment and child care.

“The need in our county is great. We know it and the federal government knows it,” Chairman James Ramos said. “I am proud HUD shares our vision of ending homelessness in San Bernardino County and has awarded us funds that will help provide housing to many of our homeless residents. Together we can bring hope to those who are lost and help them find a place in this great county to call home.”

If you would like more information regarding Homeless Services offered in San Bernardino County please contact the Office of Homeless Services at (909) 386-8297 and/or visit our website at

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