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Your Questions Answered March 2018 Due to time constraints during the January and February presentations on OneHeart: A Place for Hope & Healing , we were unable to address all of the questions about the proposed transformation campus

  1. Your Questions Answered March 2018 Due to time constraints during the January and February presentations on OneHeart: A Place for Hope & Healing , we were unable to address all of the questions about the proposed transformation campus submitted by audience members. Below you will find those questions, organized by topic, with answers provided by project manager Charity Doyle and the RCCI team. If similar questions were asked multiple times, only one of them appears here with our response. OneHeart Housing/Services With limited capacity at OneHeart, how will those on the waitlist for housing at OneHeart be served? • Essentially, people on the waitlist would be living with the world as it is today – providers would work with them, as they are now, until a slot on campus becomes available. By consolidating and removing some of the barriers to accessing services, providers will be able to serve more people at OneHeart regardless of whether or not all their clients live on campus. Also, not everyone who would benefit from consolidated services is going to need to live on campus. Will there be a time limit someone can stay at OneHeart? • The recovery team working with each individual will be able to identify if a person is not motivated to move to the next step. Many eyes will be on each enrollee, which will help to prevent people from staying there indefinitely. With that being said, some individuals will only need a little bit of help and will only require a short-term stay; others will have a whole array of things they need to work on. Their life might be fractured in multiple areas, and that will take time. With the team recovery approach, all of those pieces will be gauged and monitored. We’re going to treat people as individuals and take it case by case. There won’t be a hard time limit for staying on campus if someone is really working on their plan. Will mental health services be provided? • Yes. We expect multiple agencies that employ mental health professionals to play a role on the campus. Do you see churches being involved? If so, how do see that happening? • Churches and other faith-based organizations are already getting involved in the planning

  2. process for the campus. Once the campus is open, religious services will be welcomed as scheduling and space permits. Churches are also currently involved in advocacy work – so it’s not something that should happen; it is happening now. Will there be a church on campus? • Space permitting, there will be a spiritual center on campus which churches will be able to use and where other spiritual activities will be able to occur. Would OneHeart be a place for intoxicated subjects on cold nights? • The Pennington County Community Restoration Center next door will have safe beds for intoxicated individuals on cold nights. For those who are sober but not in OneHeart housing, the Cornerstone Rescue Mission would also be an option. What will you do with people who are not sober or are high or uncooperative? • We would have them escorted to Pennington County’s Community Restoration Center. If Cornerstone decides not to join the campus, can there be a second new mission that is willing to join the movement to transform our community and the people in it? • If Cornerstone decides not to join but is still providing emergency shelter, we would choose not to duplicate that service. If Cornerstone dissolved and there were a need for an emergency shelter, we would try to find a solution. How do you plan to work with the Cornerstone Mission and WAVI? • We anticipate they will be participants on this campus. Both organizations are actively engaged in the planning process with RCCI staff. Will there be collaboration with the Salvation Army? • The Salvation Army has met with RCCI and collaboration opportunities were discussed. Who will provide meals? • We are still exploring options for food service. Can youth under 18 who have been emancipated utilize OneHeart services? • We hope so. We are currently exploring what we will need to do to accommodate not only emancipated youth but also unaccompanied youth. Would this campus be available for those who suddenly lose their homes to a fire or tornado? • Possibly. We will be continuing to partner with the Cornerstone Rescue Mission to fill emergency shelter needs.

  3. What about the elderly who need assisted living but not nursing home care? • OneHeart will not be an assisted living facility; that type of facility requires a different licensure than OneHeart would have. An elderly person who is homeless but capable of taking care of himself or herself would be welcome, space permitting. Do you have a resource plan to address the diverse population that will come through your doors? Specifically, what are you doing to address the needs of the LGBTQ+ community? If you do not have a specific plan, are you open to working with LGBTQ+ community leaders to develop one? • The campus is being designed to be all-inclusive and to incorporate flexible space to accommodate various subpopulations within the spectrum of OneHeart guests. While we are many months away from developing a plan for this specific subpopulation, it is on the list of issues to address. Will those with criminal records or pending charges be allowed to be housed at OneHeart? • Sex offenders will not be allowed to live in the OneHeart towers. We recognize, though, that some criminal acts do not put other people in danger, so those with other types of offenses on their records or those with pending charges would be considered on a case-by-case basis with a commitment to the safety of campus guests in mind. The brochure states that the people who enroll on the OneHeart campus would have to be on an income plan, a housing plan, and be clean and sober. Does this mean people who receive services have an income, a plan to move into a home and no substance disorders? • No. It means they have to be actively engaged in a plan that either produces or will produce income or the equivalent benefits. They will need to have a plan to eventually move off the campus. And they may have substance disorders, but they would need to be clean and sober to reside on-campus and be receiving some kind of counseling or treatment. What is an income plan? What is a housing plan? • In other models we’ve researched, income plans include anything from taking classes to have better job opportunities upon graduation, to job skills training and assistance in finding a job. An income plan is going to look very different for a young, able-bodied person than it will for an elderly person or a person with disabilities. The plan needs to match the person, so there will be a wide variety of income plans, as there will be a wide variety of housing plans. • A housing plan means you come to the OneHeart campus motivated to move. The campus is not a stopping point; a person doesn’t get to stay indefinitely. A housing plan could be waiting for housing to become available that has already been identified for a client, or being actively engaged in looking – based on one’s income plan or based on the skillsets a person is trying to acquire – and finding appropriate housing. • Go to the end of this document (pages 12-13) to read real income and housing plans developed by guests at San Antonio’s Haven for Hope. How do you verify an income plan?

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