This week Senator Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) presented a check for $2 million to the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health to help fund renovations and improvements to the Desert Hill Crisis Residential Treatment Center in Victorville.
“As a society we are in the midst of unprecedented homelessness and mental health crises. Life can be particularly harsh for vulnerable people living in the high desert,” said Senator Wilk. “I am pleased my work to secure this critical funding has come to fruition. The upgrades to Desert Hill will ensure that those in need have access to the vital resources and care that will help get them back on their feet.”
The Desert Hill facility is operated by the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health. The facility can house up to 16 residents and has staff on-site all day every day, year-round. It serves 100-120 residents during the year - nearly 76% of who are also experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
This year Senator Wilk championed the state budget request, which will help to begin renovation projects that will ensure this critical treatment center has what it needs to support clients for years to come.
“Desert Hill is a community-based alternative to unnecessary psychiatric hospitalization in a home-like environment,” said Department of Behavioral Health Director, Dr. Georgina Yoshioka. “To receive support from the state level, shows that the services and facilities we have available to the community, truly make a difference.”
"I commend Senator Scott Wilk for his pivotal role in securing $2 million to revitalize a crucial behavioral health crisis treatment facility in Victorville,” said Col. Paul Cook (Ret.), San Bernardino County First District Supervisor. “This funding will help make important repairs and upgrades. The collaborative effort between the county and state underscores our commitment to enhancing services for this vulnerable population, marking a significant stride towards a healthier and more compassionate community."