Orange County Court Collaborative (WIT)

 

1910 N. Bush Street
Santa Ana, California  92706
714-361-7950
714-361-7966 FAX
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About Orange County Court Collaborative (WIT) 

Whatever it Takes (WIT), operated by Telecare Corporation, is a Full Service Partnership (FSP) serving 100 adults ages 18-60 diagnosed with serious mental illness that have co-occurring substance abuse disorders, are at risk of institutionalization or hospitalization, homeless or at risk of homelessness, and who are facing legal charges that carry jail and/or prison time.

Telecare WIT offers service users a last opportunity to receive services in the community, rather than in jail or prison, and the supports to meet the requirements set by the Court. The court, probation department, prosecutor's office, and public defender, service users, and mental health professionals will develop intervention plans approved by the Court.

Just the Basics

Members: 100
Population Served: Forensic adults ages 18-60 with severe and persistent mental illness
Funded by: Orange County Department of Mental Health (DMH)

Services and Supports

  • Mental health services
    • These services focus on skill training. Services include symptom education and relief, help in dealing with issues around substance abuse and living a clean and sober life style, family relationships and developing new friendships and social activities.
  • Medication support services
    • Members and the psychiatrist will meet together to decide if medications can be helpful. The team nurse is available to assist as well.
  • Housing
    • The program supports members' right to live in the housing of their choice, with approval from probation. The team can help members find and keep housing that meets their needs and preferences.
  • Transportation
    • The program has the capability to assist with transportation. 
  • Money management services
    • The program can assist members with money management. We have the capability of serving as the Social Security Administration representative payee. As the representative payee, we assist members in managing money to ensure their funds provide for food, clothing, shelter and personal needs. The overall goal of our representative payee program is for members to be able to become their own payee. The program can also assist in developing a budget.
  • Employment/educational services
    • The program can provide members with help to choose, get, or keep a job. We can help members get back to school and/or link members to available community education resources; we can assist in GED preparation.
  • Transition plans
    • When members have accomplished their goals we will help in transitioning from this program. Prior to discharge from the program we will help members design a Transition Plan that will include referrals to future resources.

Office Hours

  • Monday - Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
  • Crisis Line: WIT members can reach 24-hour, on-call crisis services by calling 714-483-0367

Referral Process

All referrals are made through the Court and probation system.

Admission Criteria

  • Adults ages 18 to 60
  • Diagnosed with serious mental illness that have co-occurring substance abuse disorders, are at risk of institutionalization or hospitalization, homeless or at risk of homelessness, and who are facing legal charges that carry jail and or prison time

What Makes Us Different

WIT provides "whatever it takes" to allow members to live successfully in the community and move forward in their recovery without
re-offending. We offer service users a last opportunity to receive services in the community, rather than in jail or prison, and the supports
to meet the requirements set by the Court.

At WIT we encourage all members through our Random Acts of Kindness program, an Achievement Wall, holiday celebrations, and special outings (i.e. Anaheim Angels professional baseball games).

About Telecare

Telecare is a family- and employee-owned company that has been treating individuals with serious mental illness since 1965. We specialize in innovative, outcomes-driven services for high-risk individuals with complex needs. Our programs are recovery-focused and clinically effective and are designed in partnership with local, county, state and other behavioral health organizations.