Fresno Horticultural Therapeutic Community Centers and Gardens
PROJECT DESCRIPTIONThe County of Fresno, on behalf of the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH), MentalHealth Services Act (MHSA), Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) component, isproviding funding to enhance the development of Horticultural Therapeutic CommunityCenters (HTCC) (community gardens) or to enhance existing community gardens as aplatform for peer support, mental health delivery and engagement on matters that relateto mental well being and mental health services, and to deliver mental health PEIactivities in traditionally and culturally relevant environments to un-served andunderserved suburban and rural communities.Under this Master Agreement, DBH anticipates awarding additional contracts to ensurethat the horticulture-based PEI community centers are developed in geographicallydispersed locations of the County; thereby facilitating the delivery of mental healthinformation to a variety of unserved and underserved communities. In addition,COUNTY encourages the ongoing collaboration of various community members andservice providers to further facilitate the delivery of PEI and other mental health servicesand activities to those unserved and underserved throughout the County.This HTCC project includes:1) The development of geographically dispersed community gardens, or enhance existing community gardens with a focus on mental health support/prevention and early intervention. Gardens shall be planned, developed and maintained to reflect the interests, cultural character and values of the targeted community members. Gardens may include customary fruits and vegetables, and/or may be ornamental or park-like in nature, such as a flower garden with walking paths, water and rock features, and sitting areas.2) The provision of covered shelters at community garden sites: As an informal meeting place and neighborhood resource center for the delivery of mental health peer support services; As a place for interaction and communication with Community Health Workers (CHW) and other formal/informal trusted individuals from the community; and As a place for outreach and engagement of mental health related issues and other human service needs, as required of each community.3) The provision of a designated liaison(s) to fulfill the role of ‘coordinator’ for community garden sites and related mental health support activities to ensure integration of the garden, community members, and mental health peer support services as identified by the California State approved Fresno County PEI plan, which is available at: http://www.co.fresno.ca.us/uploadedFiles/Departments/Behavioral_Health/MHSA.TARGET POPULATION:Traditionally un-served, underserved and inappropriately served communities targetedin this HTCC project include but are not limited to: Native Americans in the eastern foothills and metropolitan areas of Fresno;
Hmong/Southeast Asians in the central and southwest Fresno metropolitan area; African American communities in the west Fresno metropolitan area; Underserved Latino communities in west Fresno County; Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Questioning (LGBTQ); and Homeless and destitute communities.