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Allcove Beach Cities Receives $1 Million To Expand Services

Jan 08, 2024 05:59PM ● By Mb News Staff

A lounge at allcove Beach Cities. Photo via allcove.

Beach Cities Health District has been awarded a $1 million state grant to expand its allcove Beach Cities mental health programs and services for youth. 

BCHD received the grant as part of California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Master Plan for Kids’ Mental Health. The grants were awarded through the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission for the California Youth Behavioral Health Initiative Round 4: Youth-Driven Programs, under the auspices of the state's Department of Health Care Services.

All told, the grant program provided a total of $150 million to 262 organizations to support wellness and build resilience of children, youth, and young adults.

Locally, the $1,000,000 grant will support the ongoing operational expansion to allow allcove Beach Cities to provide more services to young people by hiring more staff and increasing service provider contracts, expanding hours to six days a week, and creating the billing infrastructure needed to ensure the sustainability of the allcove program model.

“We are extremely grateful to the Department of Health Care Services for their commitment to ‘walk the talk,’ and taking steps to deliver mental health services for young people,” said Tom Bakaly, chief executive officer for BCHD, in a statement. “In just 14 months, we have seen the positive impact allcove Beach Cities has made in our community through services and events designed for young people at the center.”

“Our team is grateful for the support of those officials who wrote letters on behalf of allcove Beach Cities, including Congressman Ted Lieu, State Senator Ben Allen, Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly Mitchell and the South Bay Cities Council of Governments,” added Bakaly. “Their support, along with our service providers and Youth Advisory Group, has been critical to the successful launch of the allcove Beach Cities Center and its future.”

Located at 514 N. Prospect Ave. in Redondo Beach (at Beach Cities Health District headquarters), allcove Beach Cities has received nearly 5,000 visits from young people since its opening in November 2022. Nearly 500 young people and their parents have received services ranging from mental health services, psychiatry services for early psychosis, risk assessments, support for young people experiencing homelessness, substance use counseling and diversion, career and life skills support, and intimate partner violence support. Allcove Beach Cities has hosted more than 450 stakeholder tours and 100 events, including an August event where youth artists had the opportunity to write and perform original songs for the chance to perform at the BeachLife music festival.

The announcement brings the total grant monies awarded to BCHD for allcove Beach Cities to $10.3 million. BCHD will break ground in 2024 on the permanent location for allcove Beach Cities as part of the Healthy Living Campus revitalization.

Allcove is part of an innovative network of integrated youth mental health centers designed with, by and for youth aimed at reducing stigma, embracing mental wellness, increasing community connection and providing access to culturally responsive services. Allcove centers serve young people between the ages of 12 and 25, providing a place to access a range of services that include mental health, physical health, substance use, peer support, family support, and supported education and employment.

Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) is a healthcare district focused on preventive health and serves the communities of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach. Established in 1955 as a public agency, it offers an extensive range of health and wellness programs, with services and facilities to promote health and prevent diseases across the lifespan. BCHD also operates Adventureplex, a health and fitness facility where kids play their way to good health; and the Center for Health & Fitness, a comprehensive fitness center that is the only Medical Fitness Association-certified facility in California.

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