No Place Like Home (Proposition 2) Stakeholder Process

How can I engage in No Place Like Home planning in my community?

  • At NAMI California, we believe that Proposition 2 and the No Place Like Home (NPLH) program will provide substantial benefits to a particularly vulnerable population in California living with severe mental illness. No Place Like Home is a smart, modern, and innovative way to use Prop 63 (Mental Health Services Act) funds to serve individuals living with severe mental illness.

  • The planning and grant funding application process for No Place Like Home requires a collaborative process with community input. When implemented, it will resemble a similar process to the Community Program Planning (CPP) process used to apply for MHSA grant funding. In fact, NPLH funding can be applied for using existing 3-year MHSA expenditure plans (and annual updates), but would require an additional section specifically focused on homelessness.

  •  It is critical that stakeholders – including consumers, family members, peers, and practitioners – are involved in the process to ensure the responsible spending of NPLH funds to provide maximum access to care for individuals living with mental illness or who have loved ones that live mental illness.

  •  In order to access NPLH grant funds, a county can either create a new county plan or use an existing plan to meet the NPLH program application requirements. If a county is re-purposing an existing document, such as a homeless Continuum of Care plan, Mental Health Services Act fund expenditure plan, or another plan to reduce homelessness that the County or County department has drafted, it must include a section specifically focused on homelessness.

  •  If a county decides to use its existing 3-year MHSA expenditure plan, NAMI-CA affiliates can become involved in implementing NPLH funds in their county by taking part in the community program planning (CPP) process. The CPP processes vary from county to county, but all CPP processes include several foundational pieces that are mandated by state law. Click here for an overview of the standardized pieces of the CPP process.

  • If a county does not have an existing 3-year MHSA plan or Continuum of Care services plan, a new plan has to be drafted and submitted to the state. The process for developing a county plan for NPLH funds requires a community stakeholder input process, though it will be more streamlined and have less procedural requirements than the CPP process for MHSA plans.

  • NAMI affiliates and members are encouraged to try and recommend including NPLH applications into their existing 3-year MHSA programs to maximize stakeholder involvement opportunities.

  •  The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has laid out 3 requirements that counties applying for NPLH funds must follow. Per the HCD, plans to use NPLH funds have to be developed according to 3 requirements:

 (1)   Counties must engage in a comprehensive stakeholder process with all required groups;

(2)   Counties must develop a written plan that includes the activities, resources, and organizations involved in addressing homelessness in their county; and

(3)   Counties must make the plan easily accessible to the public.

  • REQUIREMENT ONE: Stakeholder Engagement

    • County plans must be developed through a stakeholder process that includes all of the relevant organizations in their counties. Relevant stakeholder groups include individuals involved in healthcare, behavioral health, criminal justice, social services, housing, homelessness services (e.g. Continuums of Care services), and family caregivers of persons living with serious mental illness.

    • It is at this step that the CPP process would begin for NPLH funds. As noted above, the CPP process varies from county to county, so reaching out to your local behavioral health department, mental/behavioral health board, or board of supervisors is the best way to determine the specific regulations regarding CPP in your county. Visit our page on CPP for more information and for contact information for your local decision-makers.

    • If you would like NAMI California assistance in engaging with your local behavioral health department, mental/behavioral health board, or board of supervisors, please contact us at advocacy@namica.org.   

  • REQUIREMENT TWO: Integrating Homelessness into Planning

    • County plans must include provisions that give a full description of the homelessness in the applying county and the proposed goals, strategies, and activities (both in process and to be initiated) to reduce homelessness and make it non-recurring. This includes a description of the challenges or barriers to serving people who are members of the NPLH target population.

    • Additionally, plans must include the counties resources applied to address homelessness; specifically, this must include all county efforts to prevent the criminalization of homelessness, any community-based resources, and existing or potential partners working to end homelessness. Plans must also include proposed solutions the county plans to undertake, system in place to collect required data, and any efforts based on a Coordinated Entry System process.

  • REQUIREMENT THREE: Publicizing the Plan

    • The final requirement is that counties must post and update the plan, in order to make the plan easily accessible to the public by posting it on a county website and circulating the plan via email.

Workshop Dates and Locations

The following workshops will be hosted to aid counties and stakeholders in developing their No Place Like Home funding grant applications:

Location: Visalia
Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency 
4031 West Noble Avenue 
Rooms Plum/Apricot/Nectarine 
Visalia, CA 93277 

Date and Time: October 31, 2018: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
If you would like to attend, please make sure to register for this event. 

Location: Sacramento
CA Housing & Community Development 
2020 W El Camino Ave 
Rm 402AB 
Sacramento, CA 95833 

Date and Time:  November 2, 2018: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
If you would like to attend, please make sure to register for this event.

Location: Riverside
Home Front at Camp Anza Officers Club 
5797 Picker Street 
Ballroom 
Riverside, CA 92503 
NOTE: STREET PARKING ONLY. Do not park on-site. 

Date and Time: November 5, 2018 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
If you would like to attend, please make sure to register for this event.

Webinar

Date and Time: November 14, 2018 9:00 am

Webinar : Start time: 9:00 a.m.

Audio only: 877-336-1829
Access Code: 2636575#

If you would like to attend, please make sure to register for this event.

Location: Redding
777 Cypress Ave 
Council Chamber 
Redding, CA 96001

Date and Time: November 16, 2018 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
If you would like to attend, please make sure to register for this event. 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Program Guidelines

The Department of Housing and Community Development has created guidelines for the No Place Like Home (NPLH) program as well as a summary or “checklist” for NPLH grant applications. For more information on program application, development, and implementation please visit the following links:

  • For more information on the NPLH County Plan Requirements click here to view the “Summary of County Plan Requirements” provided by the California Department of Housing and Community Development.

  •  To view the full NPLH “Program Guidelines” click here!

  •  To learn more about the program click here to visit the official NPLH website!