Next Steps Program

HSRC conducts the evaluation of the San Diego County Next Steps program; which is a recovery-oriented peer and family support program. Next Steps provides outreach and engagement to individuals experiencing mental health, substance misuse or co-occurring challenges and their family members. The program is a partnership of three community organizations, Mental Health Systems Inc. (MHS), Union of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC), and NAMI San Diego as the lead agency. The program evaluation conducted by HSRC includes a process evaluation that documents the implementation of Next Steps through review of the data describing those who participated and the services they received. Additionally, the outcome evaluation emphasizes participants’ progression in recovery and successful program completion. Overall the evaluation provides outcome data in the areas the program seeks to address including physical health, mental health, and substance use, basic needs, social health, and other areas that affect quality of life.