SAN BERNARDINO, CA – May 19, 2017 — The STAY, a Crisis Residential Treatment (CRT) program for Transition Age Youth (TAY) in San Bernardino County, was recently named “Exemplary Program of the Year” at the California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth (CMHACY) Conference in Monterey. The CMHACY organization recognized Valley Star Behavioral Health‘s CRT program for addressing many of the complex problems of young adults. The STAY has been open for four years and is the first of its kind in California – although it is now seen as a model for other county’s efforts. This is the third major award The STAY has won in three years.
The STAY is a short-term program for TAY ages 18-25 open 24/7 for voluntary admissions. It incorporates the tenets of recovery, peer support and identifying community connections. The program is funded by the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health through the use of Medi-Cal and Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63) Innovation funds.