Working for the Tulare County HHSA, we might have the opportunity to hear about the many programs and services the Agency offers. But how much do we really know about those programs and services, outside of the ones with which we are personally involved? A basic understanding of what’s available can be helpful, since we never know when we, or a family member, might need to take advantage of these services.
Let’s begin with the Mental Health Branch. The goal of mental health programs is to help individuals with mental illness manage their symptoms and avoid crises, including avoiding hospitalization, by providing programs and services that help them to live and thrive within the community. Comprising a number of programs, a quick overview reveals four main divisions: Managed Care, Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) programs, Clinical Services, and the Alcohol and Other Drug programs.
The Agency’s mental health programs serve both adults and children and include services such as psychiatric and psychological assessments; alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and treatment; suicide prevention; a crisis line; and a variety of supportive services. Additionally, there are programs specially for the families of mental health clients, including a Family Advocate to help them understand what their loved one is going through and to explain the treatment plan, to listen to their concerns and help them communicate with the service providers, and to help them find local support and resources. Should problems arise, our Problem Resolution Coordinator will work to resolve any concerns.
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