CHRT's Mobile Van Team

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Raised by 89 people in 2 months
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Created August 1, 2018
Alya Briceno
on behalf of Center for Harm Reduction Therapy
Homelessness in SF is at horrific levels, and young people are especially hard-hit. 1 out of every 4 homeless persons in SF is under 25 years of age, and untreated mental health issues are among their biggest unmet needs. Youth and young adults experience barriers to mental health care, more so than their older counterparts.

I have worked with at-risk and homeless youth for over 15 years. Problems and barriers-to-care persist. Some problems have improved, while others have only worsened.

How did this happen?

 Experiences unique to youth – trauma experienced in the home or in foster care, forced therapy and psychiatric medications, or persecution of one’s sexual orientation and gender identity – all contribute to this public health crisis and unmet need for accessible mental health care. The Center for Harm Reduction Therapy (CHRT) wants to change that, starting here, in San Francisco, CA.

·      25% of homeless population in SF are under 25 years of age

·      Of those, only ¼ said they had a supportive adult in their life

·      And as of 2017, there are only 509 beds available, only 157 of which are permanent

Harm reduction therapy was developed specifically for people who are excluded or alienated from traditional mental health clinics and substance use treatment programs. It is a public health-based integrated treatment for people with complex co-occurring problems that invites clients to bring all problems and, in a collaborative relationship, helps them prioritize the most pressing issues to address, set goals, and plan realistic steps to achieve those goals.

CHRT is piloting a solution to reach young people by taking harm reduction therapy on the road! As a CHRT board member I’m raising money to help them get started. All donations will go towards building out the van for therapy offices. Please help me help them!

Why don’t they get help?

·      22% of young adults (18-25) living in the US reported having a mental illness

·      2/3 of young adults who report any sort of mental health issue did not receive mental health services in the past year

·      And only 4% of young adults who report both mental health and substance use disorders received both mental health care and specialty substance use treatment

By engaging youth and young adults, and meeting them where they’re at, CHRT can continue to provide substance use and mental health treatment to a diverse population, and expand to reach the hardest-to-reach. But only with your help.

What does expansion look like?

Ø  Acquire and build out large van to accommodate youth and young adults experiencing homelessness in a private and confidential counseling space that is warm and inviting

Ø  Travel to a different location each day to connect with a maximum number of youth in the places they live and hang out

Ø  Include shifts of medical staff and complementary care providers to supplement CHRT licensed mental health and substance use treatment staff

Ø  Provide overdose prevention and education

Ø  Collaborate with peers and staff alike at each site to ensure highest quality of confidential care

Ø  Address crisis situations when needed, and model the handling of crises for partner agency staff to increase their competence and capacity

In the first year, with a team of 3 full-time staff will connect with at least 200 youth.

Our fundraising goal is $25,000! With your added support we can purchase:

* $15,000 - Equipment such as iPads and phones that allow onsite (mobile) access to information, data collection, and medical notes

*  $10,000 - Medical/first aid equipment and supplies, food and warm drinks, blankets and cushions, supplies of dry clothing, overdose prevention supplies

*  $5,000 – Outdoor and office furniture like umbrellas and chairs to create a living room atmosphere

As a supporter of at-risk youth and young adults, a San Francisco resident, and a CHRT board member, I’d like to thank you for your consideration. Please donate now!

For more information visit https://harmreductiontherapy.org/

**The image above was originally posted to Flickr by Doug Kline at https://www.flickr.com/photos/ 26728047@N05/7104959695. It was reviewed on 15 June 2014 by FlickreviewR and was confirmed to be licensed under the terms of the cc-by-2.0.
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A note from Jeannie Little, CHRT Executive Director

We are in awe of your generosity and couldn’t be happier with the results of this GoFundMe campaign. We are beginning our outreach TODAY. With your gifts, plus a few that came through snail-mail rather than GoFundMe, the total is $15,000 and we will be able to entirely equip our van with the furnishings and supplies to create a private therapy office, a separate harm reduction counseling office, and a warm and comfortable drop-in “center” outside the van.

Last Friday SF’s new Transition Age Youth System of Care was launched. Below are photos of the model of our van. Yes, we created quite a buzz, and yes, we are going with the UPS-style van! If you look closely, the map of SF shows where we will travel as well as a couple of housing programs and drop-in centers where we will connect with vulnerable youth.

Thank you so very much for your contribution to this exciting new program. (gofundme DOES NOT give us your contact info, so if you want to receive updates about this program, including getting pics of the real van when it’s built out, send your email address to admin@harmreductiontherapy.org.)


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A warm thank you to all who contributed to this campaign and help spread the word to support CHRT's expansion!

Please visit https://harmreductiontherapy.org/ and sign up for CHRT newsletter for program updates, future events and campaigns.

Until next time!


Alya Briceno
CHRT Board Member since 2015
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CHRT and I would like to thank all those who have contributed to the Mobile Van campaign! The team is excited and highly motivated to launch their new program next month.

There are still 5 more days to try to reach our goal, so do your best to pass this message on. We have until Sunday!

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We’ve reached just over 40% of our goal!!

And CHRT in 6 weeks will kick off this project! They'll have the funds to purchase the van by that time. Meanwhile, they've been shopping around for the make and model that best fits a mobile therapy office.

Also of note - CHRT has fostered a relationship with Lava Mae (for those of you not in the Bay Area, Lava Mae has created mobile showers for people living on the street). They’ll be helping CHRT with the van-conversion design, as well as the exterior design. And yes, they are strongly considering incorporating the 'Scooby-Doo' look.

All that said, we are extending the campaign for a few ore weeks in hopes of getting as close to $25K as possible.

Thanks so much for your support thus far. Pass it on!!

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