Locked Care Services provide involuntary treatment for individuals who are a danger to self, a danger
to others or gravely disabled due to a mental disorder. They are either
on a 72-hour hold or LPS conservatorship.
Dominican Behavioral Health Unit is the acute psychiatric hospital for Santa Cruz County residents who
meet medical necessity criteria for acute voluntary treatment or meet
Welfare and Institutions Code 5150 criteria for involuntary psychiatric
care. For individuals admitted to the hospital who are served by one of
the County’s Coordinated Care Teams, or who will need
multidisciplinary team based care following discharge, the case
coordinator is actively involved in the admission and discharge process.
For more information call (831) 462-7719.
Locked Skilled Nursing, MHRCs,
& IMDs include facilities
that are designed to provide services to individuals in need of a
locked setting and are placed through a conservatorship due to
chronic grave disability. County Mental Health arranges for these
services at multiple facilities throughout the greater Monterey and
San Francisco bay areas. Specialty services at the various
facilities are used to meet the needs of the individuals referred
there. Such facilities include 7th Avenue Center in Santa Cruz,
various Crestwood programs and Creekside in Sonoma County. Typically
individuals are placed in these settings from an acute inpatient
hospital such as Dominican Behavioral Health Unit. There are also
specialized beds in other locked facilities for older adults and
adults with medical complications who need skilled nursing.
Sub Acute Residential Facilities focus
on assisting people who are at risk of acute hospitalization or who
are being discharged from an acute setting and need extended support and
time to return to the community.
the following programs are made through County Mental Health. Contact Pam Rogers-Wyman (831) 454-5244 or Yana Jacobs (831)
El Dorado Center (EDC) Residential
Program provides an alternative to
inpatient hospitalization and also serves as a discharge option from
locked facilities when the individual is in need of intensive structure, supervision
and treatment but no longer requires a locked setting. EDC is
licensed and certified by the state as a 24-hour transitional
residential social rehabilitation program for 16 adults and older
adults. Individuals in the residential program
participate in the EDC Outpatient Program during the day on the
same campus. This program provides intensive
programming to assist individuals to develop or resume a level of
functioning that allows them to live in community-based settings.
The program provides client-centered treatment options focused on
dual diagnosis recovery, managing a psychiatric disability,
psycho-education regarding health and nutrition related to a
psychiatric disability and medication, development of skills and
interests in the context of support systems, leisure time and
linkages to the community at large. Crisis assessment and
intervention services are also provided.
Psychotherapy services and
psychiatry services will be provided in collaboration with
County Mental Health Services to augment the program and assist
with stabilizing individuals in a community setting.
In addition to the EDC residents,
additional participants may be referred from locked care
facilities to assist them in stabilizing in the community or
after graduation from EDC Residential as a transition into the
Crisis House is
licensed and certified as a 24-hour crisis residential program for
10 adults and older adults. Its primary purpose is to provide an
alternative to, or diversion from acute psychiatric hospitalization.
The focus of treatment is on crisis management with a maximum length
of stay of 30 days, and a targeted average stay of 10 days.
Psychotherapy services and psychiatry services will be provided in
collaboration with COUNTY Mental Health Services to augment the
program and assist with stabilizing individuals in a community
setting. Referrals may be made directly by Dominican Hospital
Behavioral Health Unit, the Enhanced Support Services Team and the
Acute Services Manager, or her designee.
Supported Housing Services
are offered through an
integrated Housing Support Team. This team is a collaboration among
County staff, Front St. Inc and Santa Cruz Community Counseling
Center. This team includes a licensed psychiatric technician for
medication support, Occupational Therapists, care coordinators,
employment specialist and peer counselors. For more information,
please call Jim Straubinger, Housing Coordinator, at (831) 454-4951.
Front St., Inc. provides
property management for 36 rental units in scattered sites
throughout the county. These units are subsidized to be affordable
to persons with mental health disabilities who are receiving
services through the County mental health department. Services are
coordinated by the Housing Support Team.
Santa Cruz Community Counseling
and manages over 130 units of affordable supported housing for
adults with psychiatric disabilities through its affiliated
corporation CFSC . Tenants of CFSC housing are supported by the
SCCCC Housing Support Team, which consists of mental health
counselors and peer counselors. The team provides house meetings,
outings, community building events, and individual support of
tenants in order to support housing stability and satisfaction. The
SCCCC Housing Support Team works in collaboration with Front St.
Housing and the County Mental Health Housing Support Team.
River Street Shelter (RSS) is
a 32 bed emergency shelter for homeless adults. At least 19 beds are
reserved for individuals with mental illness under a contract with
Santa Cruz County Mental Health. RSS is open from 4:00 pm to 8:00 am
and provides a supportive, sober environment, laundry facilities,
breakfast and dinner. . In addition, RSS counselors work with
residents to move out of homelessness into employment and housing.
They provide mental health counseling, referral to additional mental
health resources, physical health resources and connection to public
assistance, and assistance with employment, and transitional and
permanent housing. Four beds are designated for individuals in
urgent need of shelter, but not meeting the criteria for involuntary
inpatient psychiatric care. For information call (831) 459-6644.