Housing is essential to mental health recovery and is the most basic form of healthcare. Santa Barbara has endured a shortage of affordable housing and consequently has left too many homeless and without access to community support. The Mental Wellness Center understands this need and offers the following seven housing options, providing affordable homes to individuals and families in need throughout Santa Barbara County.
Mental Wellness Center Residential Services is a configuration of more than 100 beds consisting of adult residential board and care homes, independent living, and Housing First facilities for people diagnosed with serious mental illness. All adult residential board and care homes and housing first programs require a referral from Santa Barbara County’s Department of Behavioral Wellness.
Our approach to care is a person-centered, restorative, harm-reduction model that allows our residents to feel safe in their homes and connected to others and their community. Our dedicated staff are trained in person-centered principles of care that recognize their histories, allowing each person the ability to be valued for who they are.
Care staff is available 24/7. This licensed adult residential board and care home provides supervised care for six adults who need support and supervision. Residents must be referred by Santa Barbara County’s Department of Behavioral Wellness.
This is a complex for independent living, with eight two-bedroom units specifically for families where at least one member has a mental illness. An on-site Manager is available. This property has a waitlist.
This adult residential facility offers round-the-clock care to six residents with care staff available 24/7. Residents must be referred by Santa Barbara County’s Department of Behavioral Wellness.
Located downtown, next to the Mental Wellness Center, Garden Street Apartments consists of fifty independent affordable housing units, plus an on-site manager. Mostly one-bedroom or studio units, these apartments are for independent living, where the principal tenant has a mental health diagnosis. Thirteen affordable units are for independent living, where the principal tenant has a low-income job in the downtown corridor. This property has a waitlist.
This adult residential facility employs 24/7 care staff for six residents. The home provides permanent placement for people who need this level of help. Residents must be referred by Santa Barbara County’s Department of Behavioral Wellness.
This home, with an available on-site manager, has five rooms for women who have been homeless, with complex conditions increasing vulnerability. Interpersonal and programmatic supports are provided as needed. Residents must be referred by Santa Barbara County's Department of Behavioral Wellness.
Polly’s House, the Mental Wellness Center’s seventh residence, opened during the summer of 2019 and is an intensive rehabilitation residential facility that houses residents who otherwise would live in a hospital long term. This home is entirely ADA compliant and provides 10 residents the opportunity to live in a comfortable and social environment.
In order to be eligible for Polly’s House, residents must be county mental health clients and have a severe and persistent mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression or schizoaffective disorder.