At the California National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Annual Conference 2019 in Newport Beach, California, Telecare’s Sarah Nudel and Robin Weintraub were honored to present on the Behavioral Health Court Model, a specific program type designed to serve individuals who have mental health needs and are involved with the criminal justice system. We are pleased to share the presentation below.
Mental Health and the Justice System: Behavioral Health Court Model Puts Teams on the Same Page
Telecare Corporation has provided services to individuals with serious mental illness and co-occurring justice involvement issues for more than 15 years. The focus of this year’s NAMI CA presentation was the Behavioral Health Court (BHC) model, a treatment modality that Telecare offers for the community through programs in Orange County and San Diego County, California.
Program Model Overview
The BHC model has been a productive and effective model to support individuals with serious mental illness who are on probation, to help them regain and maintain stability, fulfill the obligations of their probation requirements, prevent recidivism into the criminal justice system, and take steps toward a healthier future, a more stable life, and meaningful roles in the community.
The Behavioral Health Court Model is a collaborative process with multiple stakeholders. Here’s the BHC role breakdown:
Mental Health Professionals
Focus on mental health treatment
Sensitive to privacy
Mental health visits at home/in the field
Teach effective choice-making
Seek to awaken internal motivation
Focus on accountability
Monitor conditions of release (COR)
Perform visits and searches at home
Focused on compliance, not choice
Use COR and sanctions as external motivation
Learn More About the Model
Program length is a minimum of 18 months, but members typically stay 2-3 years.
BHC is a day program model where clients participate in groups based on where they are in their recovery process in the program. Programming focuses on evidence-based practices to support recovery, reduce criminogenic behaviors, and support the individual in making forward progress in the program. Case managers link members to community resources.
After graduation, members are transferred to outpatient clinics at an equal or lower level of care depending on the presenting need.
Sarah Nudel, Administrator at PROPS, CORE, and BHC
Robin Weintraub, Administrator at Whatever It Takes (WIT)