Comprehensive, effective support services & programs leading to relapse prevention, self-sufficiency, and recovery for individuals affected by mental illness.
Member-driven support programs and services reduce harm, prevent relapse, and foster recovery. The professional staff and peer advocates of Step Up and Daniel’s Place provide support and empowerment for members to achieve their self-determined goals through services coordination, life skills coaching, psychiatrists for medication support, and transportation. New members are connected to a Peer Advocate for a “buddy-system” and receive one-on-one peer attention. Many opportunities for a sense of belonging and the embrace of community include: Sixty weekly peer support groups with topics as diverse as learning how to tell one’s story, computer basics, managing medications, yoga, money management, and a variety of art opportunities; “Brainstorm”, a creative writing group, gives expression to the experience of mental health issues; the Art Heals Gallery, a permanent space to exhibit member artists’ work; and a Computer Learning Center. Over 40,000 individual meals are provided annually, and over 1200 members are assisted. Step Up and Daniel’s Place members meet weekly in Member Advisory Groups providing feedback and problem-solving. Two members serve on Step Up’s Board of Directors, and participate in establishing and supporting the agency’s vision for the future and advocacy to end stigma and discrimination. Additionally, a Step Up and Daniel’s Place Parent Support Group provides experience, strength, and hope for family members.
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…
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:
Step Up is open 365 days a year to provide support to our members.
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.
Client Run Center (CRC)
Through Step Up’s Client Run Center (CRC), peers seeks to engage members who are withdrawn and/or struggling with symptoms preventing them from actively seeking support. With peer-support, these members are more likely to be encouraged to access treatment. Members also meet weekly in the Member Advisory Council (MAC). The MAC provides a forum for feedback and problem-solving. Volunteering is also an essential component of Step Up member participation.
Peer groups cover a broad range of social, education, creative, and informational topics. An active monthly member class schedule offers over sixty peer support groups with topics including: learning how to tell your story; computer basics; managing medications; yoga; techniques for job interviews; and money management.
The CRC allows for the hiring of Step Up members to provide services such as coordinating “Julie’s Room”, a program for artists, and developing a Learning Lab where hands-on computer training and learning opportunities are provided by members, for members. The Learning Lab includes a partnership with University of Phoenix which provides access to online GED courses.
A creative writing group meets weekly to give written expression to what it’s like to be affected by a mental illness. This group has published numerous issues of its original magazine, “Brainstorm”.
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.
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:
The sum of Step Up’s comprehensive services equals the vitally important experience of being cared about and accepted, of finding community and inclusion.
FCCS & FSP-TAY
Robyn Sheiniuk, Program Manager
3435 Ocean Park Blvd. Suite 207
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Telephone (310) 392-9474 x 1424
Emily James, Program Manager
6762 Lexington Ave, Ste A
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Telephone (323) 610-7640 x 1332
Step Up receives funding from the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.