In this educational May 2021 seminar, Barbara Mitchell, Executive Director, Interim, Inc., and Joe Livernois, Executive Director, National Association for Mental Illness Monterey County, discuss risk factors for homelessness, particularly among individuals with mental illness, and the work involved in successfully moving someone with a mental illness from homelessness to housing. Barbara, Joe and Interim’s clients also discuss why Interim’s programs are so successful.
Hayashi and Wayland, Wald Ruhnke & Dost Architects, Fenton and Keller, Attorneys at Law, Interim’s Board of Directors, Dr. and Mrs. Philip Bhaskar, Mark Bertelson, Lavengood Family, Mitchell-Pardue Family
Interim’s mission is to provide services and affordable housing supporting members of our community with mental illness in building productive and satisfying lives.
Interim, Inc. envisions a world in which people with mental illness are able to live, work, learn, and participate fully in the community.
In all we do, we instill HOPE.
We promote mutual respect, self-determination and self-responsibility.
We value the whole person, and build on each person’s abilities.
We create welcoming, caring and empowering communities.
We provide opportunities for growth and encourage appropriate risk taking to learn new skills.
We promote peer support as a powerful tool in the recovery process.
We value the diversity within our staff, and our services are designed to meet the diverse cultural needs of our clients.
We believe in meaningful work as a path to recovery. We focus on clients not only as recipients of service but as providers of enrichment to our community, to each other, and to our staff.
We actively involve clients, family members, and staff in decision making in the delivery of all our services. We honor diversity of people, talents, and ideas.
We are proud to hire clients and family members in all levels of our organization.
Above all, we value kindness as the foundation for what we do.
Interim, Inc. is a private nonprofit organization that provides a unique combination of support services, housing and treatment for adults with mental illness in Monterey County. Services provided include affordable supportive housing, residential treatment, mental health and dual-recovery services, case coordination, therapeutic services, outreach and intensive support for homeless adults, supported education and employment, day treatment and peer support.
Interim, Inc. is funded through contracts with Monterey County Department of Health—Behavioral Health Bureau (including Mental Health Services Act funds) and the California Department of Rehabilitation. Other funding sources include: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Continuum of Care (CoC) Program, City of Monterey, City of Salinas, client fees and rents, foundation grants, and contributions.
Our Federal Tax ID is #51- 0159122.
To request a copy of our governing documents, financial statements, or conflict of interest policy, please contact us at 831.649.4522. Additional information can be found on our Guidestar Page.
To request copies of financial statements, governing documents, or conflict of interest policies for any of Interim’s affiliates (Catalyst Housing, Dela Vina Housing, Lupine Housing, Mariposa Housing, Rockrose Housing, Sun Rose Housing), please contact us at 831.649.4522.
Interim is governed by a Board of Directors of up to 15 members. Each member serves for a term of three years. Board members represent a wide range of individuals concerned about mental illness, affordable housing, and wellness and recovery. They include family members, mental health professionals, housing experts, law enforcement, and health care, among other professions.
LDS Hospital, Salt Lake City, UT
Swedish Hospital, Denver, CO
Mt. Airy Psychiatric Hospital, Denver, CO (adolescent unit and alcohol recovery unit)
Washington Hospital, Fremont CA
Worked for several local physicians.
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Monterey, CA: Family Birth Center, Garden Pavilion Psychiatric unit. Special interest and work with high risk mothers (addiction, mental illness, grief) and development of programs to address these issues. Home visits to families with newborns. Facilitated parent group for troubled teens.
Interim: Visited residents, assessed health, assisted with medication management, treatments, MD appointments, meetings with staff. Taught classes in diabetes, nutrition, safety, depression, exercise. Presented health events. Attended social events and had lots of fun!
People are the foundation of what we do. Because of that, we have been able to attract qualified, dedicated, passionate staff. Our Management team is comprised of experienced leaders, committed to our vision of a world in which people with mental illness are able to live, work and participate fully in the community.
Debra, who grew up in Marina and Monterey and graduated from Monterey High School, first got involved in the medical field as a full-time Medical Records Clerk at Trinity Hospital in Weaverville, California from 2011-2013.
In 2013, she became office manager and records coordinator for three RI International Wellness Centers in Contra Costa County, California, which provide education and support to people who are in recovery from mental health challenges.
She became Executive Assistant for Interim, Inc., working as a confidential assistant to the Executive Director and Board of Directors of Interim, in 2016, and was named Development Officer of Interim in the fall of 2018.
Shearer graduated Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
She has been married for nearly 40 years, and has three grown children, including a foster daughter, who are all married. She has eight grandchildren.
Interim operates within and serves all residents of Monterey County.
Since 1986, Interim has successfully developed 20 housing and treatment facility projects. Interim was responsible for conceptualization of the projects, securing funding, hiring of architects and consultants, securing development permits from local governments, selection of contractors, construction supervision, contract administration, relocation, and compliance with State Prevailing Wage and Federal Davis-Bacon regulations. In addition, Interim directly manages all projects and provides support services for all residents.
The Pajaro Street Wellness Center, also developed by Interim, opened in the summer of 2014. Interim purchased the building in March of 2014 and completed the remodel in July of 2014. The center is a services hub as well as a resource center for those pursuing wellness and recovery from mental illness.
Interim’s housing, treatment and service programs are sited in Salinas, Monterey and Marina, California. to protect the confidentiality of our clients, our locations are confidential except for our main administrative office and the Pajaro Street Wellness Center, Annex Building.
Housing/Treatment: 50 beds
Housing/Treatment, 10 sites: 115 beds
Services – 2 sites
Pajaro Street Wellness Center – Houses the OMNI Resource Center and other programs
Annex Building – Houses Supported Employment Services and other programs
Housing/Treatment– 4 sites: 98 Beds
Services – 1 site:
MCHOME Outreach and Services Program
Scattered Site Housing: 22 beds
These are generally apartments that are leased in the community from private landlords. Locations can change depending on where we are able to obtain leases.