Court-ordered treatment is a sensitive topic. It’s also a relevant and helpful strategy in the ongoing effort to serve people with complex needs. Laura’s Law is one model of court-ordered care. In California, numerous counties have made the decision to embrace and implement Laura’s Law in their communities, as a way to increase access to vital care and provide support to families who are concerned about their loved ones.
Telecare operates three Laura’s Law programs, using the required Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) model. However, just because services are court-ordered, that doesn’t mean they can’t build strengths and spark hope. This month, we share what we’ve learned about how to deliver services in a way that’s respectful, empowering, and client-driven — from welcoming into the program to graduation.
We also have other good news and announcements to share.
Orange County Assisted Outpatient Treatment
- Watch a video featuring Orange County leaders, including Assistant Public Defender Mary Kreber and Judge Gerald Johnston, who shared their perspectives on AOT’s role and impact in their community. Program Administrator Anna Bowes also talks about the program’s goals and structure, and the impact it has on people’s lives. We also include a list of other court-ordered programs operated by Telecare. All of them are designed to meet different local needs.
- We’ve compiled Laura’s Law resources for you to browse online and have included a full list of the California Counties where it is currently implemented .
- Telecare is partnering with Santa Clara County Department of Behavioral Health Services and Third Sector Capital to open the first mental health-focused pay for success program in the United States. The model was featured on page one in the October 26th issue of Mental Health Weekly. The program is scheduled to open in 2016.
- Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services recently spearheaded the development of a brand new short term crisis residential program, with Telecare as its provider. Prior to opening its doors on November 11, the facility was shown off at a welcoming celebration where tours of the brand new facility were given. It is a gorgeous and enlivening place, and an inspiring example of what is truly possible in mental health treatment environments.
- We are very proud of Telecare’s Transitions program in San Mateo County, which was given the Housing Hero award from San Mateo County for its work in providing stable housing for those living with a mental illness.
Telecare has more AOT and court-ordered programs opening in the near future and will share updates soon. If you have questions or want more information, feel free to reach out to me at any time.
All the best,
Faith Richie, SVP of Development, Telecare Corporation