Welcome to the Double Secret Project
We believe in treating people like people, not billable hours. Transforming Los Angeles' mental health system and the way in which services are provided to our community members experiencing homelessness and affected by serious mental illness. We are here for "whatever it takes" to build a better Los Angeles for us all!
Instead of operating out of a clinic, our highly mobile team provides services in the field directly where they are needed most. Navigating and coordinating care to holistically address the whole person. Significantly reducing the barriers of access to desperately needed services while providing ongoing customized and coordinated care to maximize stability.
Recognizing that crises do not always happen during regular business hours, our team has flexibility built right in. A 24 hour on-call number is staffed in case of emergency. Coordinating incoming referrals from first responders like the Therapeutic Transportation Pilot and helping to ensure proper discharge planning from emergency room care. Staff are also given the opportunity to pursue supported employment opportunities with Members or activities that promote community integration.
Truly Recovery Oriented
Utilizing evidence based practices, our services are centered on the person to build upon their strengths and resilience while integrating with the community to achieve improved health, wellness, and quality of life. Meeting people where they are on the recovery spectrum; we embody the platinum rule: "Treat people the way that they would like to be treated."
Los Angeles' homeless crisis is a decades old issue and while more is being done today than ever before, the latest counts show homelessness continues to rise as it is being created faster than it is being ended. A growing population being seniors and those with mental/physical health disabilities. Each person's needs and series of events that led to their homelessness are unique. We develop customized Recovery Plans to support our Members achieve their goals.
Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
All the Tools Our Communities Need to Succeed, at $50 a Day
Implementing a capitated system rather than the existing "bill-for-services," we minimize cost while maximizing outcomes. Each Member served by the Double Secret Project receives support for roughly $18,000 annually, or roughly $50 per day. Approximately 1/10th the cost of comparable services.
Effectively streamlining local service delivery and maximizing successful outcomes for individuals who are experiencing chronic homelessness as well as severe and persistent mental illness. Simultaneously reducing burden on first responder and emergency room services while improving the value of our communities.
Intending to launch as a 5-year pilot; in our first year, we plan on serving 100 Members. Doubling by year two, and reaching 300 Members served in each of years three, four, and five.
By the end of year three, we anticipate significantly improved outcomes compared to the existing system and the results of our evaluation will be made publicly available. By the end of year five, we hope to have developed enough proof of concept to continue expanding throughout Los Angeles County, transforming mental health services within California.
Throughout Los Angeles, the development of "Bridge Homes" have created transitional shelter beds as hundreds of permanent supportive housing units are being sited and set for development over the next several years. But thousands of people remain on our streets in need of services.
The recently launched Therapeutic Transportation Pilot will start deploying trained professionals to emergency mental health crisis calls. But they are not designed to provide ongoing support beyond the emergency.
Double Secret Project is perfectly positioned within Los Angeles to provide a continuity of care through intensive case management and wrap around services to those who are identified by the Bridge Home service providers and Therapeutic Transportation Pilot as needing a higher level of care. Additionally providing access to desperately needed mental/physical health services for the those who are affected by serious mental illness and remain on our streets.
Los Angeles' City Council District 15 provides the perfect environment to test out Double Secret Project's model while allowing for a significant number of people to receive the care they deserve.