The MHSA & Telecare

Telecare has provided services under the MHSA since 2005. In FY14-15 alone, Telecare's MHSA-funded services reached more than 25 of our programs in 11 counties across California. During these past 10 years, our county partners have continually developed resources for their population's unique needs. Below are just a few examples. 

Inspiring Outcomes: Stanislaus County

In Stanislaus County, Telecare's MHSA-funded FSP programs are achieving inspiring outcomes in reducing homelessness days, incarceration rates, and hospitalizations—three main goals the MHSA outlined when it was put up for a vote. These high-intensity FSP services are available through our Westside Stanislaus Homeless Outreach Program (SHOP)Partnership TRAC, Josie’s TRAC, and MRS TRAC. This cluster of programs provides services to a mix of populations including adults, older adults, transition-aged young adults, individuals with co-occurring disorders, those who are uninsured or underinsured, and persons representing underserved groups in Stanislaus County.

Between July 2013 and June of 2014, SHOP, Partnership TRAC, Josie’s TRAC and MRS TRAC reduced clients’ pre/post enrollment homelessness by 76%, incarceration by 88%, and hospitalizations by 70%. 

Innovative Solutions: San Diego County

In San Diego, Telecare's In-Home Outreach Team (IHOT) provides services to adults with serious mental illness who have been resistant to receiving mental health services. Because of MHSA funding, IHOT has been able to secure emergency housing for several members, which at times included sober structured living environments to aid in recovery. IHOT has also given bicycles to members to help them reach their goals of transportation and exercise, purchased prescription eyeglasses for members in need, and even helped one member integrate back into school by purchasing a computer to attend online classes.

Expansion of Services: Los Angeles County

In 2014, we opened Discoveries, a new program that serves Transition Aged Youth and provides Prevention and Early Intervention services through two locations in traditionally hard to reach neighborhoods. With offices in Compton and Bellflower, Discoveries uses an Evidence-Based Practice called CAPPS created by the Center for the Assessment and Prevention of Prodromal States (CAPPS). Using this model, staff screen and assess for early warning signs of mental health issues and provide family-focused treatment and services. Since opening their doors last summer, Discoveries has done more than 100 outreach presentations all of Los Angeles County and served 20 families.