Inter-Departmental Correspondence
Health System



April 30, 2010


May 25, 2010







Honorable Board of Supervisors



Jean S. Fraser, Chief, Health System


Louise Rogers, Director, Behavioral Health & Recovery Services



Agreement with Shelter Network



Adopt a Resolution:

1) Authorizing the President of the Board to execute an Agreement with Shelter Network to provide supported housing and emergency shelter services for the term July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011, for a maximum obligation of $171,189; and


2) Authorizing the Chief of the Health System or designee to execute contract amendments which modify the County's maximum fiscal obligation by no more than $25,000 (in aggregate), and/or modify the contract term and/or services so long as the modified term or services is/are within the current or revised fiscal provisions.



Shelter Network was founded in 1987 to provide a comprehensive coordinated network of housing and social services for homeless residents of the San Francisco Peninsula. Shelter Network was initiated by a broad-based community response to the plight of homeless families and single adults and is a model of community involvement. This provider has become a principal provider of housing and support for homeless families and individuals on the Peninsula. Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) has contracted with Shelter Network since 2003. Under the B-1 Administrative Memorandum the selection of providers of housing services for mental health clients is exempt from the Request for Proposals requirement.



Shelter Network will provide one fee-for-service shelter bed and five dedicated shelter beds for mentally ill clients at risk of homelessness. Transitional program residents are placed for up to six months. Contractor shall also provide two dedicated transitional beds per night. Should additional transitional beds become available, BHRS has the option to purchase these beds on an as-needed basis. Case management services are also provided which include an initial assessment of fiscal resources, job skills and opportunities, and referrals to other service providers as needed. This component of the housing continuum allows a cost efficient alternative to using more costly emergency services (e.g. Psychiatric Emergency Service and inpatient administrative days).


The Agreement and Resolution have been reviewed and approved by County Counsel. The Agreement has been reviewed and approved by Risk Management. The contractor has assured compliance with the County’s Contractor Employee Jury Service Ordinance, as well as all other contract provisions that are required by County ordinance and administrative memoranda, including but not limited to insurance, hold harmless, non-discrimination and equal benefits.


Subsequent to the final adoption of the State budget it may be necessary to make changes to this contract in order to reflect legislative action. This contract is recommended to your Board at this time in order to provide a continuity of services to the community until final funding levels can be determined. The contract provides that the County may reduce the scope of the contract to reflect any shortfall in funding from State or federal allocations.


The Agreement contributes to the Shared Vision 2025 outcome of a Healthy Community by providing emergency shelter services to mentally ill individuals at risk of homelessness. BHRS provides a range of services to promote wellness and recovery and to support consumers remaining in the lowest possible level of care. The provision of emergency shelter services is one established level of care. The services provided through this Agreement contribute to this measure. It is anticipated that 70% of clients who receive services through this Agreement will obtain stable housing upon discharge.



FY 2009-10

    FY 2010-11

Minimum percentage of clients who obtain stable (permanent or transitional) housing upon discharge.





The term of the Agreement is July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011, and the maximum obligation is $171,189. Of that amount, it is anticipated that $104,425 will be funded by sales tax through realignment, and $66,764 will be funded by MHSA. There is no Net County Cost. Funds for these services will be included in the BHRS FY 2010-11 Recommended Budget.