As no single entity has the authority or resources to address this critical issue, the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California and a Superior Court judge convened a Community Conversation with community leaders to find a solution.
After a team visited San Antonio, Texas, the larger group launched the effort to build the center and align resources using existing civic infrastructure–the Fresno Stewardship Initiative–as the working platform.
We engaged a steward leader, someone who is impartial, highly skilled and focused on community outcomes, to guide the effort. We are in the process of expanding our coalition and securing resources to accelerate our work.
The Fresno Restoration Center will integrate existing services and fill gaps to ensure 24/7 care for residents with acute mental health needs. Initially, the Center will consist of a public sobering unit, injured prisoner unit, crisis intervention for the mentally ill, addiction and alcoholic detox, intake and assessment, triage services, and discharge.
The Center will expand to integrate existing residential treatment and recovery programs, homeless services, and substance abuse services into a seamless system.