Mendocino County officials announced this week that the Residential Crisis Treatment Center on South Orchard Avenue, funded in part by Measure B of the Mental Health Treatment Act, has opened its doors to clients.
Officials previously celebrated the facility with a groundbreaking ceremony in December 2021, though construction is not quite complete. At the time, officials reported that “a few items (had been) delayed by Covid supply chain issues (including) staining of fences and installation of generator”.
In January 2022, county officials reported that construction of the facility – which has eight beds to provide adults “in psychiatric crisis” on a short-term voluntary basis for up to 30 days – was complete, although “we are still awaiting delivery of the generator set.
Due to the delay of the generator, officials reported that “adjustments have been made to the permit to allow for occupancy and licensing without the generator, which will now be installed upon arrival.”
In March, county officials reported that the facility’s operator, Redwood Community Services, was still working “on obtaining a license, with a target date for operational opening set for the end of March, but some licensing delays may push that back a bit.”
The establishment has now opened its doors on April 25th. Called Phoenix House, the county reports that “it was funded by a grant from the California Health Facilities Financing Authority Investment in Mental Health Wellness and Measure B of the Mental Health Treatment Act, and provides rehabilitation services in a safe, welcoming and non-institutional residential setting. It will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will provide “activities and services that support clients’ efforts to restore, apply and maintain the interpersonal and independent living skills needed to return to community living”.
County officials also note that “referrals will be made through mental health service providers and Redwood Community Crisis Services. All referrals must meet the admission criteria established by the Department of Health Care Services.