Garden Gate Respite (Garden Gate)

Wes McKinsey, Program Director

Stanislaus County

This past year has been a long and very humbling experience. I am forever grateful to each and every staff member at Respite for helping me with everything they did, and ending a year of homelessness.
— Garden Gate client

Garden Gate Respite (GGR) provides short-term crisis housing for individuals, known or suspected to be experiencing symptoms of mental illness and who are at risk for homelessness, incarceration, victimization or psychiatric hospitalization.

The center consists of two houses (11 bed total capacity) in a residential area. It is open 24/7, year-round, and there is no cost for services.Together with Stanislaus County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (SCBHRS), its contractors, and other community organizations in the complete "system of care." Upon admission, Garden Gate "Personal Service Coordinators" (PSC) staff provides an initial "Needs Assessment" to determine how to best serve the individual. Work is then begun to empower our guests through the system of care moving toward recovery through case management and support services focused on addressing basic needs, developing resources, and resiliency.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Resident of Stanislaus County
  • 18 years or older
  • Ambulatory & able to engage in basic self-care activities
  • Known/suspected mental illness

And at least one of the following:

  • Homeless or at risk for homelessness
  • At risk for arrest or incarceration
  • At risk for victimization
  • At risk for psychiatric hospitalization

Referrals for prospective guests may only be come through local Law Enforcement agencies, SCBHRS and SCBHRS' contracted service providers, including other approved community centers and agencies. Unfortunately, self-referrals cannot be accepted.

A referral is initiated when the referring organization contacts Garden Gate to confirm bed availability and the individual’s eligibility for services. If it determined that the referral is appropriate, the prospective guest is transported to Garden Gate by a representative of the referring organization.

Intake/Admission paperwork is then completed with the guest, referring party, and a staff member. This includes an agreement between the guest and program staff to engage in recovery-oriented activities. An individual needs assessment is completed to develop a long-term linkage/placement/treatment plan upon the guest's discharge from the program. Each individually-tailored "plan" and the level of participation of the guest determines the length of the guest's stay.

Garden Gate in-house case managers and staff provide linkage to SCBHRS' mental health service screening (as appropriate), and collaborate with other service providers to support progress toward the objectives of an individual’s stay. During the course of their stay, services are offered to assist individuals in stabilizing and connecting to community resources to decrease risk factors and increase resiliency. Guests are discharged from the program when every effort has been made, or there has been successful linkage to relevant community resources and supports.

Stanislaus County Mental Health provides funding for this program through the MHSA.

Phone: (209) 341-0718 
Address: 609 5th Street,
Modesto, CA 95353 

In 2011-12 Garden Gate Respite…

  • gave 487 people an alternative to the street, jail or psychiatric hospital.
I want to thank everyone here. ‘Staff’ is awesome. I enjoyed the groups I attended. I never knew there was a place like this, I truly appreciate it.

— Garden Gate client