Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services


The Veterans Transition Center provides transitional housing for homeless veterans in Monterey County and assists veterans in increasing their self-sufficiency. This project was completed within the Permanent Supportive Housing Program, which provides housing for up to two years. At the macro level, case managers and social workers experience work burnout earlier in their careers due to a lack of mental health support. The VTC currently has no established mental health support system for case managers. This project is an educational intervention designed to increase the case managers’ awareness of mental health and the importance of self-care by providing resources in a physical and online guide. It will also include mental health assessment tools for the case managers who develop second hand trauma. Findings include that self-care is embedded in the lives of the case managers in small or large ways. A recommendation for the agency is to create a self-care and mental health workshop to go with the guide.