BUCKELEW PROGRAMS

Healthier Lives, Stronger Communities

Novato, CA   |  www.buckelew.org

Mission

Founded in 1970, Buckelew Programs helps nearly 10,000 people each year with mental health, addiction, and related behavioral health challenges lead healthier, more independent lives, strengthening families and communities in the process. We believe in treating people, not conditions, so we tailor treatment and support services to the unique needs of each individual. We also encourage the active collaboration of loved ones and other supporters. Buckelew Programs provides a wide range of services for both adults and children in Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, and Lake counties, including supported housing and job training, outpatient psychotherapy, residential detox, and a regional suicide prevention program.

Ruling year info

1970

Chief Executive Officer

Chris Kughn

Main address

201 Alameda Del Prado Suite 103

Novato, CA 94949 USA

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EIN

23-7088977

NTEE code info

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

Vocational Rehabilitation (includes Job Training and Employment for Disabled and Elderly) (J30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Unlike physical illness where we recognize and know the conditions that have interfered with living a healthy and productive life, mental illness is more difficult for us to recognize while it is happening, making the path to treatment for an individual and their loved ones seem like a long, never-ending journey through a tunnel of darkness. Accessing affordable, high quality mental and behavioral health care can be a daunting process for anyone, even for those with the financial means to afford the very best care. For most, however, accessing appropriate and effective treatment at the precise moment they need it, can be difficult to navigate within our health care system and out of reach due to cost -- particularly within low income and vulnerable communities. Further, impeding access to treatment is the stigma associated with mental illness which is very real today despite attempts within popular culture to de-stigmatize those who suffer.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Buckelew Counseling Services

We provide behavioral health and counseling services to adults, teens and children with a range of behavioral health challenges.

Population(s) Served

We seek to fulfill a vision where our most vulnerable citizens find meaningful employment and a path to economic independence.

Population(s) Served

Supported housing clients benefit from whole person, intensive services that enable them to live semi-independently.

Population(s) Served

detox and residential substance use tx

Population(s) Served

Buckelew Programs’ hotline offers 24/7, free and confidential crisis support for callers having thoughts of suicide, as well as for friends and family worried about loved ones. Buckelew also supports the community at large by helping those with mental health issues who may or may not be considering suicide.

Population(s) Served

An effective, multi-pronged approach aimed at improving the social and emotional well-being of expectant mothers, young children and their parents. We use group sessions, home visits and referrals, integrated with primary healthcare services, to achieve this goal.

Population(s) Served

Casa Rene is a short-term crisis residential program supporting adults aged 18+ in a community setting. Our 10-bed facility is an innovative alternative to psychiatric hospitalization for someone experiencing a mental health crisis.

Population(s) Served

Provides clinical assessments in the community to homeless and at-risk-of-homeless individuals and assists with referrals to community-based programs.

Population(s) Served

Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) provides intensive services to clients who are involved in the criminal justice system and receiving services from Sonoma County’s FACT program. The program offers individuals the opportunity to live independently in the community with support from Buckelew staff.

Population(s) Served

Offers referrals and education for families of those with behavioral health or situational issues.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

CARF 2012

Awards

Social Entreprise Award 2010

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3-Year Accreditation 2012

CARF-3year

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients living independently

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Supported Housing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Individuals are part of supported housing programs throughout Marin, Sonoma, and Napa counties.

Number of crisis hotline calls answered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Suicide Prevention and Crisis Hotline

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of calls received on our Suicide Prevention and Crisis Hotline serving the North Bay

Number of people receiving withdrawal management and substance abuse treatment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Residential Detoxification Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The number of unduplicated clients receiving services at the Helen Vine Recovery Center.

Number of families provided with support in finding behavioral health services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Family Services Coordination

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Family Services Coordination program in Sonoma County provides help to anyone seeking support for a loved one with behavioral health challenges

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Buckelew Programs' mission is to enhance the quality of life of individuals and families in our community by providing mental, emotional, behavioral health and addiction services that promote recovery, resilience, and hope. Our vision is that those who come to us will experience the hope of recovery from serious mental illness, emotional disturbances, addictions and other co-occurring disorders; will achieve their goals and aspirations, and will experience significant improvement in their health and quality of life; that our communities will be stigma free and will view Buckelew as its provider and resource of choice; and that Buckelew will positively influence our profession through its leadership, advocacy, and exemplary clinical and administrative practices.

Acting as a “safety net" for our communities, Buckelew Programs addresses the social determinants of health to better prevent and treat serious mental illnesses, serious emotional disturbances, substance use disorders, and other complex co-occurring conditions. To this end, Buckelew Programs provides a range of comprehensive mental health and addiction services to adults, families and children in Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties, including supported housing and employment, counseling, crisis intervention, suicide prevention, case management, parenting support, mental health screening for teens, children's trauma services, and residential detoxification.

In 2011, Buckelew worked closely with key stakeholders, community members, clients, family members, staff, consultants, and the Board of Directors to chart a course of action for the next 3 years. This Strategic Plan outlines goals and the strategies for attaining those goals during 2012-2015. These goals build upon a firm foundation and over four decades of service by Buckelew to the community, and point the way to the fulfillment of our organizational promise and vision for the future.

In addition to goals related to strengthening Buckelew Programs' infrastructure and deepening integration of programs following the merger with Family Service Agency of Marin in 2012 and Helen Vine Recovery Center in 2011, Buckelew Programs' Strategic Plan identifies this primary goal and five related objectives:

Goal: Help our clients to achieve and sustain personal and economic health and wellness through an integrated continuum of care behavioral health model:

Objectives:
1. Strengthen core (housing, employment, outpatient) programs
2. Integrate mental health, addictions and access to primary care services
3. Expand community based and social enterprise employment
4. Foster consumer engagement, peer supports & recovery
5. Prevent unnecessary hospitalizations and institutionalizations

• Pursue and maintain CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accreditation. In 2012 Buckelew Programs was
awarded a 3-year certification by CARF. The 3-year accreditation is the highest level achievable, indicating outstanding commitment to quality and continually improving services.
• Implement evidence-based practices. Buckelew's core programs are evidence-based, including Supported Housing, Supported Employment, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy and Seeking Safety groups.
• Partner with primary care providers. A unique collaboration between FSA's Home Based Services and Marin Community Clinic's Maternity and Pediatric Healthcare Services reduces the possibility of child abuse, integrates behavioral and primary healthcare, and helps new mothers.
• Integrate substance abuse and mental health services. FSA therapists provide recovery support and aftercare services to clients who have completed detox at Helen Vine Recovery Center.
• Grow Social Enterprises. Through our Blue Skies Social Enterprises, Buckelew provides paid training opportunities for people who have been disconnected from the workforce due to behavioral health disorders.
• Expand network of employment and training sites. Buckelew actively reaches out to businesses and demonstrates results through successfully employed clients. Because of the success of our model, in 2014 we were invited to expand our services to Mendocino County.
• Employ consumers as providers. Buckelew makes a strong effort to hire mental health consumers as service providers in designated peer mentor positions, other direct service positions, clerical and administrative staff, or as volunteers.
• Engage consumers in peer support and program activities. Buckelew encourages active involvement of clients in our programs, including avenues such as Client Councils.
• Engage consumers in client-centered service planning. Service plans are developed based on consumer choice, strengths and preference, with an emphasis on natural community supports and goals towards greater independence, self-directedness, and improved quality of life.
• Offer community-based crisis residential services as alternative to institutionalization. Buckelew embraces a client-centered, community based approach to mental health services. In 2014, Buckelew opened Casa Rene, a 10-bed Crisis Residential/Hospital Prevention Program that offers a holistic alternative to expensive and often traumatic hospitalizations.
• Offer Supported Housing. Supported Housing is one of the most effective approaches in preventing or reducing institutionalization and homelessness for people with mental illness. In our array of housing programs, clients are placed in the least restrictive option possible and the focus is on recovery and rehabilitation with the goal of increasing self-sufficiency, stability and community integration.

Buckelew Programs has over forty years of experience providing successful mental health rehabilitation services in our community, including supported housing and employment. During this time, we have not only evolved our internal capacity to provide the highest quality services, based on the most effective, evidence-based models, but have developed strong, healthy partnerships and collaborations with many other community organizations, including housing and employment services providers, other mental health and social service providers, and local businesses and landlords. Partnerships include Burbank Housing and Community Housing Sonoma County, Social Advocates for Youth, local chapters of the National Alliance On Mental Illness (NAMI), and Ecumenical Association for Housing (EAH.)

Buckelew Programs actively engages in community collaborations in the counties we serve, i.e. the Continuum of Care, (a collaboration of homeless service and housing providers), the Napa Valley Coalition of Non Profit Agencies, the Marin Partnership to End Homelessness, and the Petaluma Health Care Collaborative.

Our ability to provide a range of supported housing options to our clients is based not only on our vibrant community partnerships, but our capacity to successfully win large government grants to develop affordable housing, such as the opening of Margaret Duncan Greene Apartments (Novato) in 1998 and Boulevard Apartments (Petaluma) in 2006, as well as grants for master-leased housing for the homeless in all three counties.

The success of our Blue Skies Coffee & Teas Social Enterprise ventures has been achieved in part through partnering with thriving local businesses to provide high-quality product (Equator Coffee and Natural Choice Distribution).

After completing strategic mergers with two respected local non profits, Helen Vine Recovery Center and Family Service Agency of Marin, Buckelew Programs' budget has grown to over 14 Million, and our staff has grown to over 240 employees in three counties.

Because of these internal and external resources, Buckelew Programs is well-positioned to meet our goals and create the desired positive impact in our community.

In fiscal year 2013-2014:
• Over 90% of our supported housing clients maintained their independent living in the community.
• Over 90% did not require psychiatric hospitalization.
• Casa Rene saved 1,008 hospital days.
• Over 90% of Sonoma housing clients showed improvement in independent living skills.
• Employment Services in Sonoma tripled number of clients served from last year (127).
• 87% of families reported that they have a better understanding and ability to cope with their loved ones' mental illness because of the services received.
• 84% of FSA child clients were better able to cope with stress and handle conflict.
• 87% of surveyed FSA suicide prevention and crisis hotline callers felt connected to the counselor and reduced their emotional stress.
• 70% of detox clients at Helen Vine Recovery Center were transferred to further treatment services to continue their journey of recovery.

In our Marin employment services program, 50% of clients gained competitive employment this past year, slightly short of our goal of 65%. The program was experiencing staffing challenges at the time. We are now fully staffed and expect this year's outcomes to be on target.
In our Marin Transition Age Youth Program, we served an increased number of clients who were experiencing their first psychotic break and struggling to stabilize, leading to a lower than expected number of clients in this program able to participate in community activities such as employment or education. For these youth, the initial focus was on stabilization and medication support, with the goal to engage them in community-based activities as soon as they were willing and able.

Financials

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BUCKELEW PROGRAMS

Board of directors
as of 06/26/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Stan Moore

Retired attorney


Board co-chair

Doug Brown

Retired, Morgan Stanley

Stan Moore

Melissa Delaney

Scott Maclise

Doug Brown

Jack Scott

Judy Kramer

Liz Williamson

Rowan Smith

Mary Bihr

Mary McDevitt

Warren Dodge

Meredith Imrie

Richard Jensen