Morton Bakar Center


494 Blossom Way
Hayward, California  94541
510-582-9080 FAX

About Morton Bakar Center

Morton Bakar Center is a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) providing psychosocial rehabilitation and skills-building support for older adults (ages 65+) with a primary diagnosis of severe mental illness. Under the direction of a multidisciplinary team, residents receive diagnostic evaluation and treatment to address their psychiatric and medical needs.

We provide a longer-term recovery program within a supportive, structured, and secure inpatient environment designed to help residents prepare to move to the community and/or lower levels of care. We have 24-hour nursing care and an amazing staff dedicated to building a collaborative recovery environment based on Telecare’s Recovery-Centered Clinical System (RCCS) model.

Just the Basics

Beds: 97
Population Served: Older adults, ages 65 and older, who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness
Funded by: Alameda County, Medi-Cal, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and resident fees. Individual insurance, third-party payors, and Medicare Part B are also accepted.

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.

Services and Supports

Our team of mental health and medical professionals includes a psychiatrist, internist, licensed therapist, registered nurse, rehabilitation therapist and a dietitian. Services include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborative treatment planning with a recovery focus
  • Comprehensive evaluation and risk assessment
  • Medication education and training
  • Independent living skills training
  • Physical, occupational, and speech therapy
  • Psychosocial assessments
  • Psychotherapy
  • 24-hour nursing care

Office Hours

  • Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • On-call: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Referral Process

Residents are referred through an acute psychiatric facility or through Alameda County. Other counties may contact us through their acute psychiatric facilities.

Who Is Served

  • Older adults, ages 65 and older, who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness who require 24-hour supervision and/or assistance with psychiatric recovery
  • Reside in Northern California

Contacting A Family Member

The involvement of family members is a very important aspect of recovery. Our program recognizes the central importance of families to the residents we serve, as well as the challenges and pressures they face in supporting a loved one. We strive to provide support in strengthening our residents’ family relationships and extended support systems. Family members can contact residents by calling the main number at 510-582-7676. Per HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) guidelines, staff members cannot release any client information without a signed authorization.

What Makes Us Different

Since 1980, we've maintained a nurturing environment for our residents. We provide classes encouraging creative expression such as art therapy. While we provide a locked facility, our residents routinely visit local shops and attractions, as well as family members and friends. A large percentage of our staff have worked at Morton Bakar Center for an extended period of time; many for 20+ years! This creates a rare opportunity for long-term relationship-building between staff and residents.

Our staff meets with residents at every stage of change an individual is facing. By using specific methods to help them reach their own personal goals we are able to engage with members and build strong, trusting relationships.

  • Stages of Change uses specific approaches that have been found to be effective for an individual's specific stage of readiness
    to change.
  • Motivational Interviewing is designed to engage and motivate clients who have not yet found traditional interventions helpful.
  • Harm Reduction is a set of strategies that helps clients reduce the harm done to themselves and their communities by their choices.
  • Personal Strengths development is an approach that emphasizes working in partnership with clients, assessing strengths and personal planning choices that increase their personhood.
  • Data Driven Interventions work with clients based on client outcome measures.

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.