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County organizes team to help people with serious mental illness

 

A new team has begun work to help San Mateo County residents with an untreated serious mental illness, county health officials have announced.

The Behavioral Health and Recovery Assisted Outpatient Treatment service is aimed at helping those without psychiatric treatment and support to recover.

Residents eligible for help must be 18 years old or older and a resident of San Mateo County with an untreated serious mental illness that makes them unlikely to be able to survive in the community without supervision, according to county health officials.

The person's illness must have caused either a psychiatric hospitalization or jail time two or more times in the past three years. Or that illness must have caused the person to make threats or act violently toward others or themselves in the past four years.

The team is authorized to accept referrals from family, roommates, mental health providers, hospital directors and police, probation or parole officers.

Team members will get in touch with the patient, assess the person's condition, offer case management and psychiatric intervention, and provide for community, housing and 24/7 response support, county health officials said.

Referrals can be made by calling (650) 372-6125 or emailing the team at aot@smcgov.org.

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