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Step Up | Member-Driven Supportive Services
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Reduce Harm, Prevent Relapse, and Foster Recovery.

Professional staff, some of whom are Peer Advocates (individuals who have experienced mental health conditions and/or homelessness and are in the process of recovery), provide assistance to members as they achieve their self-determined goals. Step Up’s service coordination includes psychiatrists for medication care; transportation; weekly support groups covering a range of topics from story-telling to managing medications, and money management, along with a variety of creative activities like art and writing classes; and a Computer Learning Center where members can learn basic computer skills. Additionally, a Parent Support Group provides experience, strength, and hope for family members.

Client Run Center (CRC)

Through Step Up’s Client run Center (CRC) at Step Up on Second, peers seek to engage members who are withdrawn and/or struggling with symptoms preventing them from actively seeking support.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.

Click here to view or download the monthly schedule of classes


How to Become a Member of Step Up

Potential members can come in for an initial screening between 8:30am – 1:00pm Monday – Thursday to Step Up On Second at 1328 Second Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

After the screening you will receive an appointment for an intake. The only documentation that is needed is the proof of diagnosis.

After completion of intake appointment, the potential member becomes a provisional member for 30 days, with access to all general services: meals, groups, showers, laundry, referrals, and support. After the 30 day provisional membership, members can request additional services,


Step Up is open daily 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday-Friday and closed on some holidays.


Daniel’s Places – Transitional Aged Youth (ages 16-28)

For more information, visit:

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

An Important Message from Step Up

Dear Supporters, Volunteers and Trusted Community Partners,

We wanted to take a moment to let you know Step Up is actively monitoring the COVID-19 status in the communities we work. We are relieved to report that as of this writing, there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 in the Step Up Community. Step Up is taking measures to both protect employees' health and welfare, and to advance its critical mission to serve its most at-risk members. During this time, members will continue to need our support and we expect to continue to provide the exemplary level of support and services we have become known for in our community.

In an abundance of caution, Step Up is taking the following immediate steps to curtail the spread of the virus and to keep its staff, members and volunteers as safe and as healthy as possible during this period of unknown impact:

  • All volunteer activities at all sites are halted for a minimum of two weeks.
  • Managers are empowered to work with staff to curtail activities that may put them or members at risk. This includes the possibility of remote work when feasible, phone or telehealth meetings with members as necessary, avoiding transporting members in personal or company vehicles - the advancement of our mission is paramount;
  • Program staff will be trained on how to utilize company phone apps to effectively communicate with members and each other as necessary;
  • We have asked staff if they or an immediate family member is experiencing flu-like symptoms, to not report to any office location, contact their manager on how to proceed, and seek medical attention immediately.

While many public and private spaces have curtailed operations for the time being, Step Up will remain operational and will continue serving its clients. Again, it is important to note that NO ONE IN THE STEP UP COMMUNITY HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19. Our goal is to keep it that way for as long as possible.

Please contact us by email or phone before coming to one of our locations. Support from our community is especially vital now as operations are re-aligned to adhere to our mission while keeping staff, members and volunteers safe. Please consider making a donation as we work through this difficult time. Your contributions in any amount ensure that Step Up will continue serving our most vulnerable neighbors, who are especially vulnerable during this community health crisis. Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.

Stay safe and healthy,
Tod Lipka
President & CEO