Sí Se Puede
Behavioral Health Center
Encompass Community Services is building a new, state-of-the-art Sí Se Puede Behavioral Health Center in Watsonville that will expand our current program capacity to deliver high quality, accessible, personalized substance use and mental health treatment services to serve more than 1,300 community members every year.
We are also proud to be partnering with MidPen Housing, Inc., who is building 72 units of affordable housing on the adjacent property.
The Need is Urgent
In the midst of an opioid epidemic, access to effective treatment has become a matter of life and death. In Santa Cruz County, it is estimated that more than 21,000 adults and adolescents across all ethnic and economic groups cope with a substance use disorder each year with over 3,200 seeking treatment.
COVID-19 is delivering a devastating blow to the already urgent mental health and substance use issues in our community.
Everyone deserves ACCESS To High Quality Care thaT Treats them with dignity and respect
Currently, those in our community who need the most support have the least access to quality care. Accessing substance use disorder (SUD) and mental health services is especially difficult for Medi-Cal beneficiaries and uninsured individuals who must rely on limited openings at Drug Medi-Cal certified programs, such as Encompass’s Sí Se Puede program.
Additionally, according to an annual report by the Santa Cruz County Coroner, among all accidental drug-related deaths, the rate of deaths among Latinx doubled between 2019 and 2020—from 7% to 15%. Given this data, it is especially urgent that we expand our treatment capacity in the historically underserved and predominantly Latinx community of Watsonville.
Simply put, our project cannot wait. Our community needs a new behavioral health center now to address critical and growing health needs that are only becoming more acute in the wake of COVID-19. The sooner we reach our project fundraising goal, the sooner we will be able to break ground and expand our services.
"This project addresses long-standing issues of inequity for the Latinx community in our county… Encompass has provided a broad range of culturally responsive programs and services in our community for over 30 years and has won our community’s trust."
Please Help Make
health equity a reality in our community.
Rebecca J. Garcia
Councilmember, City of Watsonville
JOIN OUR CAMPAIGN
We are shovel ready. We have purchased the land and completed entitlements through the City of Watsonville. We are working on designs for the building permits to begin construction and have launched our fundraising campaign.
Our fundraising goal is $14M. To date, we have reached almost $13M from individual donors, major gifts, foundations, grants, and loans.
Will you help us reach
A gift to Encompass’s Sí Se Puede Behavioral Health Center is an investment in our community. By making a significant investment in our community's future, you will bring us all closer to realizing a goal of providing everyone in our community with access to the benefit of good health through high quality care that treats them with dignity and respect.
Encompass’s culturally appropriate, whole-person-centered approach to care works because we treat people like individuals who have the power to reach their full potential on their own terms.
Many people coping with substance use disorder also experience mental health conditions, yet few programs are equipped to meet both needs. We have done the work to integrate services for co-occurring disorders so we can provide the comprehensive, individualized treatment our community members deserve. We provide the tools, resources, and varying levels of care – from residential and outpatient substance use disorder and medicated-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use to mental health therapy – to meet each individual where they are, all in an atmosphere of dignity and respect where they can thrive.
Our new Sí Se Puede Behavioral Health Center will allow us to deliver a continuum of services with connected programs on one campus so we can more effectively provide clients with the custom treatment, therapy, education and ongoing support they need over time.
A healing Place
Get to know the campus
Substance Use Disorder
The center will include a beautiful 7,766 square foot 30-bed residential treatment building with inviting and dignified living and treatment spaces that promote healing. In addition to a variety of group and one-on-one therapy rooms, it will include a medical clinic, an industrial kitchen, spacious dining and recreational areas, client intake room, a client computer use space, designated exercise areas, and an outdoor courtyard.
Mental Health and
Substance Use Disorder
In our 3,864 square foot outpatient program building, we will offer a medical clinic and a full spectrum of therapy and treatment spaces designed with the flexibility serve clients in the manner that best suits their individual needs – whether that is group therapy sessions, one-on-one care or a combination of both.
Whole-Person Care with
Specialization in Opioid Treatment
Our personalized approach to care integrates mindfulness practices, acupuncture, nurse case management and weekly group support. The new center will also include clinic spaces in both residential and outpatient settings specifically designed for the delivery of Medication Assisted Treatment services to reduce cravings and increase long-term recovery rate.
"We have worked in partnership with Sí Se Puede over the years and are excited to learn about the expansion of services. The program has helped thousands of individuals dealing with substance use disorder who have changed their lives due to the support of the program."
Please Help Make health equity a reality in our community.
MariaElena De La Garza
Executive Director | Community Action Board
@ 161 Miles Lane
Watsonville, CA, 95076
Located in the serene foothills of Watsonville, the new campus will reflect the vibrancy of the local community and the rich 30-year history of our current Sí Se Puede program while providing a respite for healing and recovery.
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If you have further questions, contact:
Monica Martinez, CEO
Renae Donus, Communications Specialist