California's Mental Health Services Act funds innovative mental health services in the counties with a tax on incomes over $1 million. Programs like peer respite are eligible for these funds, although decisions to fund programs occur at the county level. See for more information about the Mental Health Services Act.

Second Story

Second Story Respite House is a crisis-diversion program 100%staffed by mental health peers. We are a hybrid design as part of Encompass Community Services. At Second Story, we do things differently. As an alternative to traditional mental health practices, we strive to provide a healing environment with peer staff and guests making an effort to develop meaningful relationships through growth and connection. We are a group of people who have had our own challenges and lived the experience of discrimination and reproach. Some of us have experienced locked facilities, incarceration, alienation, substance abuse, and many other forms of crises. We are all on the road to recovery and want to share the joy of our journey. 

Hacienda of Hope

Hacienda of Hope is a short-term respite home in Long Beach, CA  run by "peers"; adults who are living with mental health issues themselves. It is a welcoming, non-clinical environment, staffed by others who have been where you are. They offer hope, support, and concrete tools for fostering wellness and managing crisis and recovery. The two-story home is located in the Century Villages at Cabrillo in Long Beach, CA. With nine bedrooms, Hacienda of Hope can accommodate up to eight guests at a time. Guests have the opportunity to create individualized wellness and recovery plans and connect with local resources for employment, housing, and mental/physical health care. 

SHARE! Recovery Retreat in Monterey Park provides a home-away-from-home for up to two weeks filled with intensive recovery activities, including self-help support groups, independent living skills, conflict resolution and paths to achieving goals. People learn in a home environment, living together as a family with every participant being part of the shared leadership of the house.