New 15-bed board and care facility to open next week in North Auburn

Published July 7, 2023

LilacHouse1Placer County’s newest board and care facility, dubbed "Lilac House,” is set to open its doors next week. The facility, which offers 15 beds, is set to provide 24-hour non-medical care for individuals aged 18-59 who are unable to meet their own basic needs due to a mental disability.

The property in unincorporated North Auburn was acquired by the county in 2020 and through a request for proposal process that same year, local nonprofit AMI Housing was awarded ownership and operation of the facility. While workforce challenges during the pandemic delayed its opening, the facility’s launch in combination with the recent expansion of Harmony House will help more local residents continue to live in the community with adequate supports and supervision. AMI staff will be onsite at Lilac House 24/7.

Lilac House will serve individuals with severe mental illness with referrals from the county’s Adult System of Care or local mental health provider Turning Point. Board and care facilities are most appropriate for clients who need more support than independent housing provides, but do not require skilled nursing facility-level care. The facility is supported by funding from the Homeless Emergency Aid Program grant and Mental Health Services Act. 

"With these recent additions and expansions we are better positioned to support Placer County residents with mental illness in their own community," said Amy Ellis, director of the county’s Adult System of Care. "Board and cares, among other housing types, are in high demand.”

Lilac House will offer a range of services tailored to the unique needs of its residents, including medication administration, regular meals and onsite activities and outings. The facility aims to promote independence, dignity and overall well-being for those in its care.

Referrals for both Lilac House and Harmony House are primarily made through the county’s Adult System of Care division, whose 24-hour mental health hotline can be accessed at 1-888-886-5401.