Adult Mental Health

Mental health services are provided to assist adults with serious and persistent mental illness to:

  • Achieve their maximum level of self-sufficiency within individual capabilities
  • Continue to reside in or near their home community
  • Access supportive and therapeutic services designed to meet their individual needs

This is accomplished through the implementation of recovery principles.

Referrals

Referrals come from individuals, families, friends, therapists, treatment centers and hospitals. For purposes of case management and community support services, a "person with serious and persistent mental illness" means an adult who has a mental illness and meets at least one of the following criteria:

  1. The adult has undergone two or more episodes of inpatient care for a mental illness within the preceding 24 months
  2. The adult has experienced a continuous psychiatric hospitalization or residential treatment exceeding six months duration within the preceding 12 months
  3. The adult has been treated by a crisis team two or more times with the preceding 24 months
  4. The adult: 
    1. Has a diagnosis of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, or borderline personality disorder
    2. Indicates a significant impairment in functioning
    3. Has a written opinion from a mental health professional in the last three years, stating that the adult is reasonably likely to have future episodes requiring inpatient or residential treatment, of a frequency described in 1 2, unless ongoing case management or community support services are provided
  5. The adult has, in the last three years, been committed by a court as a person who is mentally ill, or the adult's commitment has been stayed or continued
  6. The adult:
    1. Was eligible under 1 to 5 but the specified time period has expired or the adult was eligible as a child
    2. Has a written opinion from a mental health professional in the last three years, stating that the adult is reasonably likely to have future episodes requiring inpatient or residential treatment, of a frequency described in bullets 1 or 2 unless ongoing case management or community support services are provided.

Adult Mental Health Services

Services include:

  • Case management / coordination of services
  • Inpatient or residential treatment services
  • Community support services
  • Client outreach Medication monitoring
  • Assistance in independent living skills
  • Development of employability and work-related opportunities
  • Crisis assistance
  • Psychosocial rehabilitation
  • Help in applying for government benefits
  • Housing support services

When You Know You Need Help

  • Confused thinking
  • Prolonged sadness or irritability (depression)
  • Feelings of extreme highs and lows
  • Excessive fears, worries and anxieties
  • Social withdrawal
  • Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Strong feelings of anger
  • Delusions or hallucinations
  • Growing inability to cope with daily problems and activities
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Denial of obvious problems
  • Numerous unexplained physical ailments
  • Substance abuse

Starting to Get Help

Contact more than one person: If you can't get help from one person, try another!

  • Case Manager
  • County Social Worker
  • Family Physician
  • Friends and Family
  • Health Insurance Provider
  • Local Mental Health Agency
  • Public Health
  • Public Health
  • Religious Leader