Step Up and Daniel's Places Provide: Vocational Training and Placement


Comprehensive, effective support services & programs leading to relapse prevention, self-sufficiency, and recovery for individuals affected by mental illness.

Daniel’s Place – Transitional Aged Youth (18-28)

Daniel’s Place is a place to be comfortable, to make new friends, access computers and DVD players, games, and art supplies. This year 223 young adults attended 1,988 different support groups at Daniel’s Place.

Programs include: becoming active and assertive on the way to wellness and recovery; peer coaching and independent living skills; support for family members; involvement in meaningful activities; social connectedness; making sense of the often confusing mental health system; finding treatment that fits individual’s needs; and identifying personal goals and building strategies to achieve them.

The supported employment training and placement program of Daniel’s Place employed 27 participants in paid positions in Step Up’s kitchen and café.

Since its opening in July 1998, Daniel’s Place has consistently promoted early intervention and education to reduce the likelihood of the effects of mental illness becoming a persistent and disabling condition.

The facility is named after Daniel Greenberg (1959-1997). Daniel was a scholar, athlete, actor, humanitarian, and outreach worker at Step Up and member of the Step Up Board Of Directors. Daniel’s Place members are also members of Step Up with full access to all of its services. Read a letter from a grateful Daniel’s Place parent…


For more information, visit

Daniel’s Place
1619 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Telephone: (310) 392-5855 I
Fax: (310) 392-5854

Step Up and Daniel’s Place provide comprehensive psycho-social rehabilitation programs, services, and assistance including:

  • service coordination
  • life skills coaching
  • supported employment training and placement
  • psychiatrists for medication support
  • transportation
  • computer training
  • art studio
  • socialization
  • money management assistance
  • two nutritional meals every day
  • educational programs

Step Up is open 365 days a year to provide support to our members.


Street Outreach: The Step Up Home Team

The City of Santa Monica has identified 50 homeless individuals living on the street who are the most likely to die without intervention. A list of fifty individuals is known as The Service Registry.

The Step Up HOME Team reaches out and meets these individuals where they are. The Home Team provides intensive service coordination with the goal of permanent supportive housing and engagement in treatment. In 2009, the Home Team provided over 1000 contacts with homeless individuals in Santa Monica. As a result, thirteen of the most vulnerable homeless individuals in the community are now safely housed.

Intensive Services Programs

The Department of Mental Health funds three important Intensive Service Programs (ISP) provided at Step Up: Field Capable Clinical Services (FCCS), Full Service Partnership (FSP), and Therapeutic Rehabilitation Program (TRP).

Field Capable Clinical Services (FCCS)

FCCS provides comprehensive, community-based treatment for adults affected by severe and persistent mental illness. This intensive service coordination program targets individuals with an intended outcome of reducing the need for psychiatric hospitalization. FCCS is designed to provide highly individualized services in a team-based environment. Services are designed to be comprehensive and multi-disciplinary and are tailored to the needs of the client.

Full Service Partnership (FSP)

The Full Service Partnership (FSP) is a program funded under Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) specifically targeting individuals who are homeless and affected by a serious mental illness. Step Up provides FSP intensive service coordination programs and support for adults in our S.T.E.P. program (Steps Toward Empowering People ) and for Transitional Aged Youth (18-25). FSP services are available to individuals demonstrating extended periods of homelessness, long-term institutionalization, multiple acute hospitalizations, or family dependence. Both FSP programs have specific criteria for enrollment based on an individual’s history, current level of functioning, and whether or nor they are accessing appropriate levels of mental health services. FSP guidelines are established by the County and State, and the members/staff ratio is 12:1.

Therapeutic Rehabilitation Program (TRP)

TRP provides general out patient services, medication support, therapy, service coordination, and benefits establishment.  This is a non-MHSA (Prop 63) DMH county funded program located at Step Up’s main site.

Homeless Services

Some 40% of members of Step Up struggle with homelessness. Step Up offers services to assist individuals who are homeless because of the affects of a mental illness including:

  • housing assistance
  • laundry facilities
  • shower facilities
  • mail pickup

The sum of Step Up’s comprehensive services equals the vitally important experience of being cared about and accepted, of finding community and inclusion.

Intensive Services Program Contacts:

Elly Baidoo, L.S.C.W., Program Manager
3435 Ocean Park Blvd.  Suite 207
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Telephone (310) 392-9474 x 21

Hollywood HOME
Mark Van Asselt, LCSW, Program Manager
6362 Hollywood Blvd., Ste. 214
Los Angeles, CA  90028
Telephone (323) 798-4474 x 222

…or send an e-mail via our contact form.

Step Up receives funding from the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.


each year we serve over 1,200 individuals
experiencing mental health issues.

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