Triage Program Overview
Triage programs are located in 24 counties and focus on providing services and supports that result in individuals being referred to the least restrictive wellness, resiliency, and recovery-oriented treatment settings that are appropriate to their needs.
Programs serve anyone of any age, with an emphasis on unserved, underserved, and hard to reach individuals including veterans, homeless, and youth. Triage programs can include mobile crisis units, crisis stabilization, outreach, engagement, and direct service provision. Crisis teams in many counties work with local law enforcement and hospitals as well homeless shelters, community-based organizations, and schools.
The Investment in Mental Health Wellness Act of 2013 (SB 82)
Created by Senate Bill (SB) 82, this was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in June 2013 and provides grant funds to improve access to and capacity for mental health crisis services. This grant program provides funds to California counties to increase capacity for client assistance and services in crisis intervention, stabilization, treatment, rehabilitative mental health services and mobile crisis support teams. Services are designed to increase access to effective outpatient and crisis services, provide an opportunity to reduce costs associated with expensive inpatient and emergency room care, reduce incarceration, and better meet the needs of individuals experiencing a mental health crisis in the least restrictive manner possible.
Mental Health Triage Personnel Program objectives include:
- Expand crisis treatment services by adding Crisis Residential Treatment beds, Crisis Stabilization services, Mobile Crisis Support Teams, Triage Personnel;
- Improving the client experience, achieving recovery and wellness, and reducing costs;
- Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and inpatient days;
- Reducing recidivism and mitigating unnecessary expenditures of law enforcement;
- Expand the continuum of services with early intervention and treatment options that are wellness, resiliency, recovery oriented in the least restrictive environment.
More information click: Senate Bill 82
SB 82 W&I Code sections on the Investment of Mental Health Wellness Act: Update
Grant Recipient Counties
|County||Funding Amount**||County Liaison|
|Los Angeles||$31,177,000.00||Kristal Antonicelli|
|San Bernardino||$8,113,498.00||Cody Scott|
|San Francisco||$14,365,009.00||Kristal Antonicelli|
|Santa Barbara||$8,348,529.00||Andrej Delich|
** Fiscal year 2013/2014 through Fiscal year 2017/2018 for counties with unspent funds