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Health team begins work to help San Mateo County residents with mental illness

 

A new team has begun work to help San Mateo County residents living with a serious mental illness improve their quality of life, county health officials announced Friday.

The Behavioral Health and Recovery Assisted Outpatient Treatment service is aimed at helping those without psychiatric treatment and support to recover.

Residents eligible for help must be 18 years old or older and a resident of San Mateo County with an untreated serious mental illness that makes them unlikely to be able to survive in the community without supervision, according to county health officials.

The person's illness must have caused either a psychiatric hospitalization or jail time two or more times in the past three years. Or that illness must have caused the person to make threats or act violently toward others or themselves in the past four years.

The team is authorized to accept referrals from family, roommates, mental health providers, hospital directors and police, probation or parole officers.

Team members will get in touch the patient, assess the person's condition, offer case management and psychiatric intervention, and provide for community, housing and 24/7 response support, county health officials said.

Referrals can be made by calling 650-372-6125 or emailing the team at aot@smcgov.org.

— Bay City News Service

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8 people like this
Posted by Bike Commuter
a resident of Ventura
on Aug 9, 2016 at 9:47 am

Bike Commuter is a registered user.

Much needed service and happy to hear about this.

I wonder if this model could be adopted nation-wide and be used to reduce police shootings of those suffering from mentally illness by having a trained team deescalate the crisis?


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