Santa Maria ACT


124 Carmen Lane, Suite A
Santa Maria, California  93458
805-348-1857 FAX

About Santa Maria ACT

Santa Maria ACT (Assertive Community Treatment), operated by Telecare Corporation, is accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities). At Santa Maria ACT we have a multidisciplinary team serving as the fixed point of responsibility for the provision of integrated treatment, rehabilitation, and support services to 100 adults whose lives are impacted by severe and persistent mental illness and co-occurring conditions. The program delivers wraparound services and supports, which provides 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week accessibility and encourages individual recovery.

Just the Basics

Members: 100
Population Served: Adults, ages 18 and older, who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness.
Funded by: Mental Health Services Act and Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness.

Recovery Model

This program follows Telecare’s Recovery-Centered Clinical System (RCCS), an innovative recovery framework that incorporates the latest research and evidence-based practices. RCCS emphasizes doing no harm and supporting and enlivening recovery. The recovery model incorporates such approaches as motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), harm reduction, and other consumer-centered therapeutic interventions.


Our multidisciplinary staff members are engaged in and supportive of each member's personal process of recovery. Santa Maria staff assist members to accept responsibility for and control of their lives, using assessments and interventions designed for that purpose. Santa Maria staff also coordinate and monitor physical health and dental and vision care, as well as provide medication support, including medication coaching, education, troubleshooting, home delivery (if necessary), and skill development with the goal of becoming independent.

Services and Supports

Services include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical and psychiatric services
  • Crisis assessment and intervention
  • Substance abuse services
  • Care management
  • Advocacy obtaining entitlements including HUD support
  • Money management
  • Medication prescription, administration, monitoring and documentation
  • Coordination with health care and other providers
  • Housing services and support
  • Pre-employment skill development
  • Optimal wellness/health care
  • Meaningful healthy relationships
  • Purposeful activity

Office Hours

  • Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Crisis Line: 805-266-8886

Referral Process

Members are referred through Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness.

Who Is Served

  • Adults ages 18 and over
  • Psychiatric symptoms that seriously impact their ability to maintain community living
  • Primary psychiatric diagnosis of schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders and bipolar disorders
  • Need for mental health services that cannot be met with other available community-based services
  • High risk of experiencing a mental health crisis or requiring a more restrictive setting if intensive rehabilitation mental services are not provided
  • One or more of the following:
    • Two or more psychiatric inpatient hospital admissions in the past year
    • Significant independent living instability such that the individual would be in a long term residential or hospital placement without intensive community-based rehabilitation, treatment, and support services
    • Co-occurring addictions disorders
    • Frequent use of mental health and related services yielding poor outcomes, such as contacts with the criminal justice system, recent housing evictions or frequent use of emergency departments

Contacting A Family Member

Family members can be contacted by calling the program administrator at 805-348-1850.

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.