Mon. Nov 29th, 2021

Published: October 27, 2021 at 12:05 CDT|Up to date: 11 minutes ago

ENGENE, October 27, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Los Angeles County (NAMI GLAC) has entered into a two-year contract with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health to launch the Licensed Adult Residential Care Association (LARCA), which will advocate for and enhance the survivability of Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs) operators. and Adult Residential Facilities (ARFs). According to the California Department of Social Services, many ARFs are closed due to rising costs and lack of adequate funding. The angels has lost 24% of its adult housing and 37% of its housing for the elderly between 2015 and March 2020.

“The board and care system is a specialized type of permanent housing for people with disabilities, including those with behavioral health challenges. Because existing funding structures no longer provide adequate support for board and care facilities, they are disappearing at an alarming rate throughout LA County,” he said. Dr. Jonathan Sherin, MD, Ph.D., Director of the LA County Department of Mental Health. “Department of Mental Health, with unprecedented support from the Board of Supervisors and from the Board of Supervisors Janice Hahn is particularly laser-focused on reforming board and care funding mechanisms to not only save and improve conditions for the existing board and care network, but also to expand the network as part of the fight against homelessness and mass incarceration of people with mental illness. In particular, LA County is asking the federal government to dramatically increase the Social Security allowance for diet and care or to allow the use of Section 8 vouchers for diet and care beds, both of which can achieve our goals. “

This association will stabilize, maintain and improve the quality of permanent housing for people with severe mental illness (SMI), from previously homeless people to seniors, as well as people with other disabilities in Los Angeles County who need daily support.

NAMI GLACs CEO Sweet winters stated, “the formation of this association will enable us to jointly advocate on behalf of our most vulnerable citizens and ensure that facilities serving low-income and homeless people with serious mental illness (SMI) have access to relevant education and training, updated policies and rules, as well as a voice here in Los Angeles County and Sacramento“She added:” Housing is in great need in Los Angeles County and ensuring that facilities that provide these services are supported is a critical part of the solution. “

About the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH)
As the country’s largest public mental health department, we ensure access to care and treatment for our most vulnerable residents in a region with more than 10 million people. With an annual budget approaching $ 3 billion and a dedicated staff of 6,000, LACDMH embodies a “heart-forward” approach to supporting hope, recovery, and well-being throughout the county. For more information on LACDMH, visit https://dmh.lacounty.gov or follow @LACDMH on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About The National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Los Angeles County (NAMI GLAC)
NAMI GLAC is the leading county-wide organization composed of grassroots-based chapters that promote well-being, recovery, equality, and dignity for individuals and families affected by mental illness and society as a whole. They work to provide leadership in advocacy, education, support and public awareness throughout Los Angeles County.

Mental illness can be treated and people living with mental illness can recover to live satisfying lives. Visit namiglac.org to learn more about how NAMI can help. All NAMI programs and services are free for people living with mental illness and families and friends who care for them.

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SOURCE National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Greater Los Angeles County

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