A Note from our CEO - March 10, 2022
Thursday, March 10, 2022
Tom Bakaly, CEO, Beach Cities Health District

I hope this note finds you well. Daylight Savings Time kicks in this weekend, so I hope you’re prepared to “spring forward.” We are springing into action on many fronts at BCHD.

This week, we have announced our partnership with allcove to create a youth wellness center called allcove Beach Cities on our Redondo Beach campus. The allcove model was created by Stanford University’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences' Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Based on an international model of integrated youth mental health, allcove provides a one-stop shop for young people ages 12-25 to access mental health services, resources and support for friends, family and the larger community. allcove Beach Cities will be a safe place for youth that reduces stigma, embraces mental wellness and increases community connection.

The focus on mild-to-moderate mental health issues is a key component of allcove’s work, since depression and anxiety are among the highest prevalence for youth, and early intervention is essential to preventing more serious health and academic outcomes which come at a higher financial cost.

When it opens later this year, allcove Beach Cities will be in a temporary location on our campus at 514 N. Prospect Ave. in Redondo Beach. The Center will later be a permanent feature in phase one of BCHD’s Healthy Living Campus project.

Strategic Development Half-Day
Tomorrow (March 11), Beach Cities Health District will hold our first of two Strategic Development Half-Day planning sessions for 2022. This planning session will collect vital feedback and input from participants to help staff and our Board of Directors make decisions that affect our upcoming three-year strategic planning period.

Healthy Living Campus
Last month, we submitted the “pre-application” for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) with the City of Redondo Beach for the Healthy Living Campus project. We’ve held two “open house” events this week related to the CUP process, with one more scheduled at the BCHD Campus this Saturday, March 12 at 10 a.m. I invite you to join us and learn more about this project, which will revitalize our campus and prepare BCHD to serve the community for generations to come.

Annual Report
The BCHD Annual Report for fiscal year 2021-22 is arriving in residents’ mailboxes this week. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read the report and learn more about the many ways we at BCHD are working to serve our community.

Finally, international events over the last few weeks may be causing some stress, anger or worry for Beach Cities residents. War is devastating in many ways and many young people have never experienced the pain and anguish it can cause. Even for older folks, seeing reports from battle scenes on our televisions and smartphones can be a lot to bear. If you find yourself in need of counseling due to stress, anger or worry, whether from current events or some other cause, please call our Assistance, Information & Referral line at 310-374-3426 and press option 1. We can assist you in getting help during a time of need.

In health,