Milestones

2010 – 2019

  • 2018 The Alameda County Board of Supervisors awarded Bonita House an 18-month contract for Mental health Technology Pilot Projects. The project scope is for qualified behavioral health providers (like BHI) and software developers to design, develop, pilot and test mobile and desktop software applications and tools for improved communication, engagement, support, care coordination and referrals for specific target populations and their service providers.
  • 2016 The Berkeley Mental Health through the City of Berkeley approached Bonita House, Inc. to operate a similar Creative Wellness Center program in Berkeley. The Berkeley site is situated in 1909 University Ave., Berkeley.  The tentative opening date is in August 2018.  This Berkeley wellness Center will be open 6 days a week.
  • 2016 The Alameda County Board of Supervisors awarded Bonita House a contract to operate Creative Wellness Center for East Oakland, which serves a primarily Latino and African American population.  The program is called Casa Ubuntu (House of Human Kindness) and is located in Eastmont Town Center in the heart of East Oakland.
  • 2016 The Alameda County Board of Supervisors awarded Bonita House a contract to operate IHOT (In Home Outreach Teams) to provide in-home outreach and engagements services to adults with serious mental illness (SMI) in Alameda County. The BTR-IHOT (Bridges to Recovery-IHOT) provides services to adults in the Central and North County. Central County includes Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland and cities of Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo. North County will include Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont.
  • 2015 The State of California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development(OSHPD) awarded Bonita House, Inc. a 2-year grant (July 2015-June 2017) under the WET program (Workforce, Education and Training).  It is one of the components of the Prop 63 MHSA (Sections 2 and 3) to promote (1) increased retention of persons holding positions within the Public Mental Health System(PMHS); (2) development and enhancement of PMHS workforce retention programs in rural and underserved areas that incorporate evidence-based and community identified practices.
  • 2010 Awarded a contract by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors in April 2010 to operate the housing component of the CHOICES for Community Living program.  CHOICES is a Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funded collaborative effort to create a culture of recovery and positive ‘exits’ for 125 adults from the County-funded public mental health system.

2000 – 2009

  • 2008 The non-profit organization A Beautiful Night, transferred to Bonita House, Inc. $550,000 and the ownership of a three-bedroom house on 10 acres of farm land in Knightsen, Contra Costa County, to open a therapeutic farm.
  • 2007 The Alameda County Board of Supervisors awarded Bonita House a contract to develop a new program made possible with funding from Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act. The program, Homeless Outreach and Stabilization Team (HOST), provides housing and supportive services to 90 homeless adults living with untreated severe psychiatric disabilities.
  • 2003 One of eight sites in the State of California to participate in federal study implementing evidence-based integrated dual diagnosis treatment (IDDT) at clinic sites.
  • 2001 The agency staffed the Alameda Point Collaborative, a supportive housing community located at the former Alameda Naval Air Station, with case managers trained in dual diagnosis treatment.

1990 – 1999

  • 1999 The agency started to integrate primary care into its behavioral health care services. Funded with a grant from the Sisters of Saint Joseph Healthcare Foundation, an agreement was reached with Samuel Merritt College to station nurse practitioner students and their attending supervisor at the Residential Treatment Program to provide clients with on-site health screening, education and referrals.
  • 1995 Berkeley Creative Living Center merged with, and became a program of Bonita House, Inc.
  • 1993 One of 16 organizations in the country to receive funds from the U.S. Public Health Service to produce a dual diagnosis manual for national distribution.
  • 1991 Redesigned all of our programs to work exclusively with adults who are persistently mentally ill and have a concurrent history of substance abuse.
  • 1990 Secured a tax exempt low interest California Health Care Facility Bond to rehabilitate existing facilities and construct new multi-service building.

1980 – 1989

  • 1985 HUD Rental Rehabilitation Loan Program to rehabilitate an agency owned house used as supported housing.
  • 1982-83 State of California, Housing and Community Development Department Home Management Training Program for adults who are persistently mentally ill.
  • 1982 City of Berkeley Community Development Block Grant award for acquisition and rehabilitation of seven-bedroom house for persistently mentally ill.
  • 1981-89 Owned and operated a 7-bed licensed residential treatment facility for adults with persistent mental illness in Ukiah, California (Mendocino County). Conventional financing was used to purchase the facility.
  • 1981-85 State of California, Housing and Community Development Department Independent Living Housing Assistance Program for adults who are persistently mentally ill.

1970 – 1979

  • 1979 Was one of six California non-profit organizations to first use the HUD 202/8 program to build housing on behalf of adults with severe mental disabilities.program to build housing on behalf of adults with severe mental disabilities.
  • 1976 Began leasing houses and apartments for clients to use as shared supported housing, this effort began our Supported Independent Living Program.
  • 1975-78 Opened the Junkman’s Palace Café, Alameda County’s first vocational program exclusively for adults with mental disabilities. At the Café, program clients received valuable work experience and market rate pay through the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA). Throughout its years of operation, the Junkman’s Palace served as a model for other restaurant training programs throughout California. Lacking ongoing funding to pay for trainers and operational expenses, the program closed in 1978.
  • 1971 Opened first 15-bed licensed residential treatment facility in Alameda County for Adults who have severe and persistent psychiatric disabilities. Conventional funding was used to purchase house.
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