Dealing with mental health crisis

03/27/2013 6:15 PM

03/27/2013 6:41 PM

Stanislaus County has put together a discharge team as a bridge for people released from Doctors Behavioral Health Center on Claus Road. The team will connect patients with mental health services after their release from the center and help them keep appointments to reduce the likelihood of being readmitted.

It's part of a three-pronged strategy to deal with an increasing demand on underfunded mental health services in Stanislaus County. A second element is a psychiatric health facility (PHF) which will add beds for people in crisis. The facility could open in February 2014. The county's action plan also includes a crisis stabilization unit to evaluate whether people who arrive in hospital emergency rooms are in need of hospitalization or can be sent home when the episode passes.

The county plans a $2.1 million remodel of the former Stanislaus Recovery Center in Ceres for the PHF. which will provide a less intensive and less costly level of inpatient care. The funds will come out of remaining proceeds from selling the Claus Road center to the parent company of Doctors Medical Center in 2007. The county is required to have mental health services for the uninsured and Medi-Cal recipients.

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