No one takes the journey alone. We provide multiple opportunities for peer gatherings, one-on-one mentoring and personal growth.
The stigma of mental illness has an isolating effect on those it touches. We break through the loneliness on a daily basis with programs that reach the individual and open up a community of support. Peer-run drop-in centers promote independence and revitalization through self-governed activities. People with personal experiences with mental illness facilitate groups that cover such topics as self-advocacy, self-care, relapse prevention and stigma busting. Individual support is available as well for adults, older adults and transitional age youth.
TMHA also participates in multi-agency collaboration that provides 24/7 support services where and when they are needed. Staff teams are fully integrated to give each individual a range of choices and help them decide on a recovery process. Services include psychiatric care, housing assistance, substance abuse recovery, health, financial, education, employment and social support options.
Support: SLO Hotline
Are you feeling hopeless, desperate or alone? Are you concerned for someone you care about? Call SLO Hotline 1.800.549.4499. It’s San Luis Obispo County's suicide prevention, mental health and emotional support phone line. Confidential. Free of charge. 24 hours of every day. Visit the SLO Hotline's web page.
Outreach and Education
TMHA’s Outreach and Education Program consists of a highly dedicated team of peers who strive to inspire others who are living with mental illness. We draw upon our unique experiences to help guide others along their journey to recovery. We offer a variety of classes and programs designed to provide support and insight into mental illness, promote wellness and recovery, and to provide people with tools to use in their recovery process. Working with someone that you can relate to, someone who has gone through similar experiences and has come out stronger on the other side, can be especially inspiring and motivating. We use the insights that our lived experiences have given us to help empower and guide people on their own paths to recovery.
Click here to learn more about the programs in Outreach and Education.
SLO Wellness Centers
TMHA’s SLO Wellness Centers with locations in San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, and Atascadero offer person-centered, recovery-based supports designed for life enrichment, personal development, peer support, community resources, recovery education, social skill development, and various wellness workshops. Supports provided by the SLO Wellness Centers are gauged for multiple age groups, and various cultures with focus upon, community connection, wellness, recovery, advocacy, independence and empowerment.
Our Wellness Centers focus on the individual person and their journey to wellness. We do not focus on the person’s mental illness; the focus is on providing education, empowerment, and support to help the person live the best life they choose to live. Living-well mentally, emotionally, and physically is what our Wellness Centers are all about.
Click here to download the fact sheet for SLO Wellness Centers.
Click here to download the Wellness Center Philosophy and Language.
Recovery Learning Communities
Run entirely by peers – people in mental health recovery – Santa Maria and Lompoc Recovery Learning Communities provide a combination of wellness and recovery-oriented services in comfortable, supportive meeting places. Open throughout the week, the programs promote independence and revitalization through self-governed activities as members work toward recovery.
The Emergency Shelter Clinician located in Santa Maria offers individualized therapy, case management and referrals for homeless people with mental health and/or drug and alcohol addiction problems. Services are provided by TMHA in cooperation with Good Samaritan Services Homeless Services campus in Santa Maria and are funded by the County of Santa Barbara Alcohol Drug and Mental Health Services.
San Luis Obispo County Full Service Partnership is an MHSA program that provides 24/7 intensive community-based wrap around services to help people in recovery live independently. Program participants are assisted in their efforts to gain the skills needed to make choices that reflect their own values, preferences, and goals; supports are developed to meet each person's needs and to empower each individual to attain their highest level of independence possible.
Lompoc ACT is an assertive community treatment model-based program in Lompoc. As an ACT program with a joint County/TMHA hired multi-disciplinary staff operating as a team, Lompoc ACT engages with adults, older adults and transitional age youth with serious and persistent mental illness. Rather than brokering services, the Lompoc ACT team provides treatment, support and rehabilitation services to 100 adults in the community with a "whatever it takes" 24/7/365 day approach.
A less-intensive program than the ACT model above, Santa Maria Supported Housing Services provides supportive services to help 130 people in recovery from serious mental illness live independently. Adults and older adults who currently have their own housing receive services and support in order to remain in their homes and within the immediate community.
Click here to see a list of all presentations, trainings and classes provided by Transitions-Mental Health Association.