In this month’s newsletter, we’re going to discuss a training we’ve created for other providers to help them feel safer when delivering services to clients who are leaving AB109 programs.
Since 2011, California has moved more than 25,000 people with low level offenses out of prisons and back into local communities under California Assembly Bill 109.
A large portion of these individuals went into much needed, brand new mental health programs that were also funded by AB109. The staff in these AB109 programs have done an amazing job supporting clients, not only with mental health care, but also with reintegration back into local communities.
But what happens when people leave AB109 mental health programs?
They often go into mainstream mental health programs. Unfortunately, the staff in these programs don't always have experience working with this population—and can feel personally unsafe and unsure of what to do.
Telecare created a training that helps staff feel safer, while also making their programs more effective for the people they serve. We’ve been very excited to partner with the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health’s Adult Systems of Care (ASOC) and Older Adult System of Care (OASOC) to deliver this training to other providers in the system.
In this issue, we’ll share:
- Justice Involved Mental Health: Community Re-Entry and Recovery, a transition training for providers and staff, including five essential principles to know and a copy of the training materials for you to explore.
- Successes stories from TABS109, one of Telecare's AB109 mental health programs, showing how they maintain a 20% recidivism rate (compared to the state average of 59%), largely through the specialized skills of peers with lived experience.
- Telecare’s annual report and yearly video, highlighting new initiatives, partnerships, and program models created in the last year.
- Ways we are reaching out to the homeless population in Stanislaus County, and how our services are part of a nation-wide effort.
- More ways to promote staff stability, with part two of "10 Steps to Staff Stability" from Provider Magazine's latest issue, co-authored by Telecare VP of Subacute Operations, David Farrell.
If you would like to learn more about the upcoming Justice Involved Mental Health training, please contact me any time and let me know.
All the best,
Faith Richie, SVP of Development,Telecare Corporation