Legal-name: Tarzana Treatment Centers, Inc.
Address: 18646 Oxnard St.
Organizational-status: 501(c)(3) nonprofit
Officer-title: President & CEO
Contacttitle: President & CEO
GrantPurpose: Tarzana Treatment Centers, Inc. (TTC) will use funding to support the provision of on-demand telehealth behavioral health services, including screening & assessment, withdrawal management, individual and group counseling, MAT, psychiatric assessment & medication management, mental health therapy, case management and recovery support services, to low income and/or homeless individuals impacted by COVID-19 in Long Beach.
Periodoftime: 5/1/20 – 12/31/20
Audienceserved: Individuals who are low income and/or homeless and dealing with behavioral health issues including SUD and/or Mental Health issues in Long Beach.
Demoofaudience: In 2019, TTC provided SUD and/or Mental Health Services to 1,513 unduplicated individuals in Long Beach. Of these less than 1% are under the age of 18, 10% are between the ages of 18-24, 46% are between the ages of 25 and 35, 31% are between the ages of 36 and 50, and 12% are over the age of 50. In terms of race/ ethnicity 42% identify as Latino, 33% Identify as Caucasian (not Hispanic), and 19% identify as African American, approximately 1% identify as American Indian and Asian respectively and about 3% identify as mixed race. The overwhelming majority of individuals provided SUD and Mental Health Services by TTC in Long Beach are of low Socio-Economic Status (SES) and meet eligibility for Medi-Cal and other State and Federal Benefits and/or are ineligible for Benefits because of immigration status. Almost 50% of clients served by TTC in Long Beach indicate that they are homeless or lack stable housing.
Numberofserved: 25 – 40
District: TTC maintains multiple service sites in Long Beach Council District 7 and 8 but given the nature of telehealth services anticipates that proposed services will benefit low income and/or homeless individuals throughout Long Beach.
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? : As the number of COVID-19 cases surges in LAC, TTC is partnering with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, LAC Department of Public Health, and LAC Department of Mental Health to develop and implement a coordinated COVID-19 response to address the behavioral healthcare needs of low income and/or people experiencing homelessness, whose numbers are expected to rise even further with the concomitant economic crisis. As an example, emergency shelters are being opened across LAC to temporarily house and/or quarantine homeless individuals. Some 6,000 beds are currently planned (https://www.latimes.com/homeless-housing/story/2020-03-27/coronavirus-homeless-shelters-california-cities-confusion), and TTC has been called to provide mental health and alcohol/drug treatment services to those individuals. TTC has already begun to provide these services but is preparing to increase telehealth service delivery as additional emergency shelters and residential homeless service sites roll out in coming weeks.
2. What additional services, above your standard operations, will be conducted with this grant funding?: TTC is acutely aware of the elevated prevalence and adverse effects of mental health and SUD issues among the low income and/or homeless and is poised to meet increased demand for related services among this population during the COVID-19 crisis. The agency also has considerable experience engaging and providing low income and/or homeless individuals with specialized primary care and behavioral health services.
TTC will work closely with the City of Long Beach and Long Beach Departments of Health and Mental Health to provide a full continuum of behavioral health services to include SUD and mental health treatment services to low income and/or homelessness persons impacted by COVID-19. TTC will do so by leveraging its extensive experience providing telehealth services and when appropriate linking patients to other available community services.
Services will be provided relying on TTC’s experience delivering telehealth interventions. However, funding is needed to advertise, recruit and hire additional staff, including SUD Counselors/Case Managers, Mental Health Therapist/Case Managers to deliver such services and, as well as to purchase equipment (phones, laptops, and printers) and software licenses and procure internet services to serve the above mentioned patient population.
3. What individuals (and/or organizations) will you assist? : These funds will be used to assist individuals who homeless and/or low income at risk of becoming homeless and dealing with SUD or Mental Health issues in Long Beach. The COVID-19 pandemic strikes at a time when Long Beach is experiencing an ongoing homeless crisis. In 2019, the total number of homeless individuals was 1894, 67% of whom were unsheltered/ (http://www.longbeach.gov/globalassets/health/homeless-services-divsion/attachment-a_2015-2019-hdx-detailed-biennial-homeless-count-comparison_final-20190415).
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount? To date TTC has not received any disaster recovery funds. We have received support in the form of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) through a United Way opportunity, but not direct funds to support telehealth infrastructure or service provision.
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for?: In addition to the PPE acquired through competitive process from United Way, TTC has applied for a Kaiser Permanente National Health Care for the Homeless Council funding opportunity in the amount of $50,000 to meet the health needs of people experiencing homelessness in face of the COVID-19 pandemic.