County supervisors seek funds to assist mentally ill transients, inmates


Last updated 9/19/2018 at 1:37pm

RIVERSIDE - The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Sept. 18, approved the Riverside University Health System's request to apply for state funds to

bolster Riverside County's outreach programs targeting mentally ill transients on the streets, as well as those at risk of becoming homeless and in need of help due to psychiatric problems.

The board voted 4-0 -- with Supervisor John Tavalgione absent -- to grant RUHS officials permission to seek an allocation from the California Department of Health Care Services as part its "One-Time Homeless and Mentally Ill Outreach and Treatment Program.''

About $50 million is available for counties and cities to use. RUHS indicated that the county could receive over $1 million, all of which would have to be expended by June 30, 2020.

According an agency statement, the county is committed to "combating homelessness and improving outreach and treatment of those living with severe mental illness in our communities.''

The state money would be specifically earmarked for programs that involve identifying the mentally ill transient population, including those behind bars, and offering them treatment intended to stabilize their condition and promote lifestyle changes that get them off of the streets.

The most recent point-in-time homeless count conducted by the Department of Public Social Services found 2,310 dispossessed adults and children located throughout the county. The number of individuals with mental or behavioral health issues was not specified.


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