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Opening the Door to Mental Health

San Joaquin County uses MHSA funds to offer new programs and services

At San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services (BHS) we believe that individuals with serious mental illnesses can live meaningful lives within their communities.

Since the advent of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) in 2004, BHS has significantly expanded the services and supports that are clinically shown to reduce suffering and help individuals live fuller and more productive lives. Services include education for individuals and their families about how to recognize and manage symptoms and develop wellness and recovery action plans.

Our Full Service Partnership (FSP) programs provide a broad spectrum of evidence-based services and supports to children and adults with serious emotional disturbances and adults with mental illnesses. Depending on individual needs, services may include housing or shelter, legal assistance, food, clothing, showers, psychiatric care, drug or alcohol treatment, or social rehabilitation.

An analysis of individuals served by BHS between July 2012 and June 2014 demonstrates that FSPs have a positive impact on the lives of clients and their families. Among clients that have completed at least 12 months of FSP treatment:

  • Mental health emergency events declined by 87 percent.
  • Emergency psychiatric hospitalizations decreased by 54 percent.
  • Experiences with homelessness decreased by 64 percent.
  • Arrests declined by 91 percent during the first year of treatment.

Recovery is possible, and mental illnesses, like other illnesses, can be managed through appropriate interventions. In these pages are stories of recovery from community members who have found new opportunities to live to their full potential. These stories are intended to inspire hope and to encourage individuals and families to reach out for assistance – treatment works! Call or visit us today to be linked to a treatment specialist and to learn more about how San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services can support you or your loved one.