On Friday, March 29, from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Community Service & Reentry Division, Homeless Outreach Proactive Enforcement (HOPE) Team conducted “Operation Shelter Me” in the city of Loma Linda and surrounding unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County. Operation Shelter Me aims to connect staff with unhoused residents and offer them housing, medical and mental health treatment services. During this operation, the team focused on those with the most significant mental illness to get those individuals linked to restorative mental health pathways.

The team provided 24 individuals with referrals to programs for assistance. Eleven individuals were linked with follow-up professional services and one veteran individual was placed in bridge housing with linkage to long term services. While service capacity is limited, the teams will continue to work with this population to get them into services as they become available.

In June of 2023, San Bernardino County opted into Laura’s Law, also called Assisted Outpatient Treatment. Laura’s Law provides opportunities for court-ordered community treatment pathways for individuals with histories of hospitalization or incarceration and histories of violence to themselves or others. During this operation, deputies located one individual who appeared to meet the criteria for Laura’s Law services. This individual will be connected with Department of Behavioral Health services to further assist them.

The team provided this focused outreach due to Senate Bill 170, which provided funding to the Department to support ongoing operations of this nature. The HOPE Team and other aligned resources will continue operations of this type throughout the county over the next several years.

If you know of persons experiencing homelessness who need services, please get in touch with the HOPE Team at 909-387-0623 or hope@sbcsd.org

Additional County Update News – April 4, 2024

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