Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS BUCKELEW PROGRAMS AND WHO DO YOU SERVE?

Buckelew Programs is a private, non-profit, community-based organization, serving youth, adults, seniors and families experiencing mental health and/or substance use challenges in Marin, Sonoma, and Napa counties.

Our services include: 

  • Supportive housing
  • Counseling and psychotherapy
  • Life-skills training
  • Health and wellness programs
  • Vocational training (including on-the job coaching & long-term employment support)
  • Job placement and job search support
  • Organized social rehabilitation activities and recreation groups
  • Substance abuse and mental illness recovery programs
  • Family support programs
  • Social enterprise employment opportunities

HOW BIG IS THE PROBLEM? WHY SHOULD I CARE?

Mental illness can strike anyone at anytime regardless of age, sex, race or income level. Mental disorders represent four of the ten leading causes of disability for Americans age 5 and older. An estimated 20% of the American population (1 in 5 people) has some sort of serious mental illness during their lifetime. People suffering from serious mental illness comprise about 2% of the general population.

ARE PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS DANGEROUS? IS IT SAFE TO HAVE THEM LIVING IN OUR COMMUNITIES?

People who have a mental illness are no more likely to be dangerous than the average person living in our community. However, Buckelew Programs fully screens potential clients for safety issues, and our staff are always available to ensure that our clients live successfully in their homes and neighborhoods.

DOES BUCKELEW HELP REDUCE HOMELESSNESS... IF SO, HOW?

Buckelew reduces homelessness by providing affordable housing and services to homeless adults with a mental illness, and by collaborating with outreach programs that serve people on the street who show signs of mental illness.

CAN THE COUNTY PAY FOR ALL THESE SERVICES?

County governments help us by providing a foundation of funding for basic housing and service costs, but they do not fully fund many of the special services that make Buckelew Programs so successful. Private funds enable us to expand or enrich our programs to meet individualized needs and to create more jobs and housing. In this era of government cutbacks it is crucial for local communities to work together to fund support services that meet the needs of their most vulnerable citizens.

IS THERE HOPE FOR PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS?

Today there are many reasons to be hopeful about the lives of people who have a mental illness. New medications with fewer and milder side-effects are being discovered and applied successfully. What’s more, over the past 30 years we have developed support systems and individualized approaches that help people with mental illness to learn to manage their illness, gain employment and live more independently. The combination of medication compliance and support systems make a world of difference...bringing hope and improved quality of life to those who otherwise would suffer needlessly. With the right combination of medication and recovery supports, 80% of people with mental illness can manage their illness and lead productive lives.

I GIVE TO UNITED WAY, DOES THAT PROGRAM FUND BUCKELEW?

If you explicitly earmark Buckelew Programs as a recipient, Buckelew will receive a percentage of your contribution, less United Way’s administrative fees. Buckelew’s United Way number is 925203. Most people find it easier and more beneficial to make a donation directly to Buckelew.

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT HELPING BUCKELEW PROGRAMS?

Contact Katrin Ciaffa, Development Coordinator
415-491-5705 | katrinc@buckelew.org