Adult and Older Adult System of Care provides mental health services to adults ages 18-59, and 60+ older adults who have a serious mental illness. Outpatient services are provided through community based Service Teams that are geographically spread throughout the county and function 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Additional programs offered to this population include: crisis residential and transitional residential programs, a jail diversion program, client advocacy services, supported housing, shelter programs for the homeless mentally ill, partial hospitalization programs, vocational and educational supports and a representative payee program. There is a limited number of Service Team openings for the dual diagnosed mentally ill (mental illness and developmentally disabled) and for deaf and hearing impaired individuals with a mental illness. Acute inpatient hospitalization, and long term care services are available. The County runs a variety of mental health programs, including Service Teams, Rep Payee Program, and Mobile Mental Health Team.
Older Adult Service Teams focus on the understanding of combined psychiatric, medical, life cycle and social issues that confront many older adults, especially those of low income. Older Adult Services staff work as an integrated part of county, contract, and community programs to ensure continuity of care between acute, medical, outpatient, residential care facilities and specialized treatment. Staff also serve as the primary contract for consultation and problem-solving issues related to older adults.