County awards contract for homeless plan 

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The Colusa County Board of Supervisors are inching toward submitting an application to the state for funding to build housing for homeless individuals living with serious mental illness or individuals who are at risk for chronic homelessness. 

Supervisors earlier this month unanimously approved an agreement with the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions to facilitate community stakeholder outreach and engagement process, collect data and gather information to support the development of a homeless plan and supportive services for Colusa County, as required by the “No Place Like Home” program. 

Colusa County Administrative Officer Wendy Tyler said the contract is retroactive to Jan. 22, 2019. 

In 2016, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the legislation that dedicated up to $2 billion in bond proceeds for counties to address homeless individuals living with mental illness. The population to be served in Colusa County would include persons who require or are at risk of requiring acute psychiatric inpatient care, residential treatment, or outpatient crisis intervention because of a mental disorder or substance abuse, and who are homeless, chronically homeless, or at risk of chronic homelessness.

In order to be eligible, counties must commit to provide those housed with mental health services and help coordinate access to other community-based supportive services, officials said. 

The $25,000 cost to the county will allow the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions to develop launch, advertise, and analyze a community-wide stakeholder survey; conduct stakeholder engagement meetings; prepare, summarize and report findings; develop and publish a homeless plan; and develop and publish a supportive service plan. 

Both plans will be completed no later than Dec. 31, 2020, in order for the county to make an application for the funding. ■