Not everyone with a severe mental illness is independent enough to thrive in permanent supportive housing. Some still need help with meals, laundry, and medications. Unfortunately, the disappearance of board-and-cares leaves many of these vulnerable people without an option.
CA Dept. of Social Services website states that in Ventura County, 85 facilities for the elderly, RCFE’s – Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly, with a capacity of up to 1,625 have closed. In addition, Adult Residential Facilities, ARF’s, 26 facilities housing about 293 people, have closed between 2015 and 2020.
The parallel negative impacts of closures of facilities for seniors and adults taxes an already overwhelmed public system of care and draining unprecedented funding for new homeless housing and services.
Turning Point is again stepping into its pivotal role in providing for those struggling with mental health who need fully supportive housing with Thompson Place.
When the La Siesta Board and Care closed, Turning Point board advisor, Luke McCarthy of the McCarthy Companies, purchased the property, remodeled it, brought it up to code, and offered it to Turning Point. The opportunity to expand at this crucial time during a pandemic with so much unknown in our community, one thing was known, housing for those struggling with mental health was desperately needed.
The remodeled and updated premises are open and providing dedicated care to 26 residents referred by Ventura County Behavioral Health.
Jason Meek, Executive Director of Turning Point Foundation, called on Veterans Program Manager Becky Spring to oversee operations at the new program. Becky’s successes include managing the shelter at Our Place Safe Haven and great success at the Veterans Transitional Housing Program.
Becky Spring, firstname.lastname@example.org