Contra Costa County Veterans Service Office will continue to contract with Contra Costa Television (CCTV) to produce a live, monthly call-in Television program entitled "Veterans' Voices". Providing a television medium (Veterans Voices) that will allow a Veteran or their family members to call in with questions about mental health, healthcare, housing and benefits. Listening to a panel of providers explain services available, or listening to experiences of other Veterans will provide a greater sense of understanding about themselves and their needs as well as bring relief to stigmas and barriers that are preventing them from asking for help.
Imperial CVSO has partnered with the Imperial County Behavioral Health Services department and the Yuma Veterans Center to provide mental health outreach services. With funding from Prop 63, the CVSO will be able to expand its services to reach the underserved Veterans including justice involved Veterans, homeless Veterans and Veterans who live in rural areas of the county. With support from the grant program, the CVSO will be able to employ a Veteran Outreach Representative that will be responsible for the development, coordination and implementation of Veteran outreach activities with the focus on mental health.
With Prop 63 funding support, the CVSO will host a monthly free legal clinic. Through an MOU with Veterans Legal Institute (VLI), the focus will be towards the homeless and/or low income clients whose access to or maintenance of mental health treatment requires direct intervention of legal aid, which clients could otherwise not afford. Low income clients may earn on average less than $1,000 per month. The purpose of the At-Risk Veterans Free Legal Clinic is to provide outreach for vulnerable transitioning service members, Veterans, and their families to remove legal barriers preventing access to or maintenance of mental health care.
This grant will open the door of re-entry services specifically to homeless Veterans whom are pending, participating, and/or exiting the Placer County Veteran Treatment Court Program. The focus is to reduce the number of Veteran recidivism into the criminal justice system and to increase the number of successful Veteran completions within the Placer County VTC. One of Veteran Services main goals is prevention through identification of the at risk Veteran populations by first responders such as county jail staff, VSO's, and medical professionals. The grant will help support "wrap-around" case management by providing education of benefits/claims, access to employment, housing, and development of life skills through peer support mentorships.
Through a collaborative effort between the San Joaquin CVSO, the Superior Court and other San Joaquin county departments, the San Joaquin Veterans Treatment Court opened its court room doors in February 2015. Eligible Veterans enrolled in VTC must be diagnosed with substance abuse, traumatic brain injury, PTSD, military sexual trauma and/or a mental health disorder in accordance with Penal Code 1170.9. The goals of the court are to rehabilitate, expunge criminal records and connect Veterans to benefits and services that will support life-long positive changes and reduce recommission of crimes and jail stays. With funding support from CalVet’s Prop 63 grant program, the CVSO will be able to assist in mental health outreach and provide intensive case management to prevent homelessness and suicide to VTC participants.
Prop 63 funds will be used to provide services and referrals associated with mental health, including claim assistance, treatment, and other necessary supportive services. The Transitional Assistance Program at Travis Air force Base, justice involved Veterans, and Solano Stand Down will be the main focus of the CVSO.
The County will continue to subcontract services with Sonoma County's Verity organization, the sole rape crisis and trauma center in Sonoma County and the only 24/7 Sexual Assault Crisis Line in Sonoma County. Through the funding support from the Prop 63 mental health grant, Verity's counseling services are provided to Veterans at no charge by California State Certified Rape Crisis Counselors and licensed clinicians
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