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allcove Beach Cities

allcove Beach Cities is opening in Fall 2022. If you serve young people ages 12-25, request an allcove Promotional Kit here.

Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) is partnering with allcove, a program developing an innovative network of integrated youth mental health centers across the state of California. Funded by the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, the $2 million, 4-year grant will establish “allcove Beach Cities", a youth wellness center, will be opening this fall at Beach Cities Health District, 514 N. Prospect Ave., 4th Floor, Redondo Beach. allcove Beach Cities will offer mental and physical health services, education and employment assistance, peer and family support, and substance use prevention programs for young people ages 12-25 in the greater South Bay. BCHD was endorsed by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health to apply for the funds.

allcove Beach Cities will be one of five new allcove locations throughout the state. There is currently an allcove center operating in Palo Alto, California. When allcove Beach Cities opens in Fall 2022, the center will be in a temporary location at the Beach Cities Health Center. allcove Beach Cities will be a permanent feature in BCHD’s Healthy Living Campus project, which includes a re-design of its current Prospect Avenue campus. Construction on the Healthy Living Campus project is tentatively slated to begin in 2023.  

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BCHD received good news when President Joe Biden signed the $1.5 trillion omnibus spending package into law in March, which includes $1 million for the allcove Beach Cities center. Funding for the integrated youth mental health center is one of ten community projects that were requested and championed by Congressman Ted Lieu to serve California’s 33rd Congressional District. Learn more here.

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allcove Beach Cities Youth Advisory Group

To ensure that youth voices continue to be at the forefront of the allcove Beach Cities center experience, BCHD selected a group of young leaders ages 16-25 who represent the diversity of the Beach Cities and surrounding communities across race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, lived experience, ability and socio-economic status.  

Youth Advisory Group members help allcove Beach Cities gain a better understanding of young peoples’ needs and opinions to provide them with relevant and effective services. The Youth Advisory Group is comprised of eight young people from the local community of the Beach Cities and throughout Service Planning Area (SPA) 8.  

SPA 8 serves the communities of Athens, Avalon, Carson, Catalina Island, El Segundo, Gardena, Harbor City, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lennox, Long Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Dominguez, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, San Pedro, Torrance, Wilmington and others. 

For more information regarding Youth Advisory Group, please contact Amanda VerWys, allcove Clinical Coordinator, at allcovebeachcities@bchd.org or by phone on the Youth Well-Being Line, (310) 374-3426, option 2. 

RFQ Update
On May 3, 2022 the allcove Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was released and publicly noticed in The Easy Reader and The Beach Reporter. All questions received regarding the submission process were posted publicly on May 24, 2022. Final submissions for the RFQ were received June 10, 2022. The RFQ Review Committee was comprised of the following representatives: Cristiane Cunial, Stanford’s Central allcove Team; Anthony Taranto, Redondo Beach Unified School District; Rani Crosby, allcove Youth Advisory Group; and Kerianne Lawson and Ali Steward, Beach Cities Health District. The RFQ Review Committee reviewed all submissions utilizing a scoring rubric that is included on pages 4-7 of this memo. The RFQ Review Committee met June 28, 2022 to identify the submissions that would move on to the interview process. The interview questions were created by the allcove Youth Advisory Group, and the weighted interview panel was comprised of allcove Youth Advisory Group members and BCHD staff. The interviews and final recommendations were completed on July 22, 2022. 

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About allcove
allcove is an integrated service model for youth ages 12 to 25 in mental health, physical health, substance use, peer support, family support, supported education and employment and social service referrals. In addition to these services, allcove connects with young people and the larger community to help address access, mental health literacy, reduce stigma, increase help seeking and build relationships with local leaders and services that form an integral part in the broader service system. The design of allcove centers has been informed by an extensive youth and stakeholder consultation process and is based on service model components and flow. As a result, allcove centers are presented with a fundamental set of requirements including layout, size, look and feel. These requirements also take into consideration additional factors including accessibility, safety, infection control, privacy and confidentiality, information technology requirements, youth engagement and cultural and therapeutic expression. For more information, please visit allcove.org