RPC Project Featured at Sacramento County Mental Health Services Act Steering Committee Meeting
Respite Partnership Collaborative grantees and staff from American Institutes for Research (AIR) presented at the September MHSA Steering Committee meeting. Committee members heard presentations on the progression of the RPC Project and on the newest available mental health respite services.
AIR reported on the Year 2 evaluation findings of the RPC Project, including summary findings on the three components of the project: the partnership between Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Health Services and the Sierra Health Foundation Center for Program Management, the community-driven process of the collaborative, and the implementation and outcomes of the RPC grantees who provide mental health respite services. See the Year 2 report on the RPC Evaluation web page.
Five grantees who launched respite services at the start of 2015 then shared an overview of each organization’s respite services, and followed up with inspiring written testimonials from respite clients speaking to the need for and the power of respite. The five programs that presented were: A Church for All: Ripple Effect, Gender Health Center, Sacramento LGBT Community Center: Q-Spot and Lambda Lounge, and Wind Youth Services.
Six respite programs currently are under consideration for sustainable funding through Mental Health Services Act funds. Grantee representatives spoke during public comment, thanking the Steering Committee and Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Health Services for their consideration. The MHSA Steering Committee meeting was an exciting opportunity to share with the community the impact of respite services.