We at Transitions-Mental Health Association appreciate the recent articles highlighting some of the important programs in San Luis Obispo County that improve our community’s mental health.
I want to underscore the importance of the valuable partnerships that make local endeavors successful. Here are some additional facts: San Luis Obispo Behavioral Health Services and Sandy Friedlander have been longtime partners in the mobile crisis program mentioned in the article “Bridging the language gap in mental health” (Tribune, Jan. 3). Other local partner organizations with strong bilingual staff are the LINK, Community Health Centers, CAPSLO and the Mental Health Services Act-funded Latino Outreach Program.
Additionally, the SLO Child Abuse Prevention Council oversees the Promotores Collaborative that works closely with TMHA’s Spanish-speaking staff and clients.
To better address homelessness, the 50Now Program was started because of the good work of the Housing Authority of the City of San Luis Obispo in partnership with San Luis Obispo County, TMHA and CAPSLO. Complicated problems such as homelessness and untreated mental illness are only solved by a wide network of interwoven services and dedicated staff who carry them out. I am as proud of our partners as I am of TMHA’s committed staff.