Board of Supervisors approved a contract with IVROP

By Mario Conde

The Imperial County Board of Supervisors approved a contract with IVROP for intense case management services to Cal works customers.

The Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program requested $458,815.00 to fund Project THRIVE. This project will provide mental health management, oversight of treatment plan components and intensive case management services to customers of the Imperial County Department of Social Services. The target population within CalWORKs will be those customers experiencing barriers in remaining complaint due to undiagnosed and untreated mental health symptoms.

James Semmes, Director of Public Health, said that for many years the department has contracted with Behavioral Health Services to provide Mental Health and Substance Abuse services to those CalWorks clients in need of such services. This year, however the contract is not being renewed.

“Because IVROP has been working with them for a long time, this partnership will enable IVROP to provide intense case management services to selected clients in need of such services as well as to provide direct referral to appropriate treatment components in the community.” Semmes said.

IVROP Superintendent, Mary Camacho, said that the goal of Project THRIVE is to serve CalWORKs Customers that are experiencing difficulty in achieving self-sufficiency due to undiagnosed or untreated mental health symptoms. These services will be provided on a referral basis to eligible CalWorks customers throughout the Imperial Valley. The proposed time frame for the delivery of these services is August 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013.

The County Board approved the contract with a vote of 5-0.