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.
Santa Cruz County Psychiatric Health Facility
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 facility 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. (831) 600-2801.
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
Santa Cruz County Psychiatric Facility. 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.
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.
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.
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
Telos (Crisis Residential)
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 Santa Cruz County Psychiatric Health Facility , the Enhanced
Support Services Team and the Acute Services Manager, or her
Supported Housing Services
are offered through an
integrated Housing Support Team. This team is a collaboration among
County staff, Front St. Inc and Encompass. This team includes a licensed psychiatric technician for
medication support, Occupational Therapists, care coordinators,
employment specialist and peer counselors. For more information,
please call County 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.
Community Services owns
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
Encompass 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
Encompass 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.