General Meeting Tuesday, July 21: Assisted Outpatient Treatment in San Francisco
5:30-6:30pm, socializing and announcements
6:30-8:00pm, presentation from Dr. Angelica Almeida
St. Francis Memorial Hospital, 900 Hyde Street Lower Level Room C
Assisted Outpatient Treatment, adopted by the Board of Supervisors in July 2014, will be a new intervention tool with strict eligibility criteria that can be utilized to engage adults with severe mental illness who have poor treatment compliance. While the program does allow for court ordered treatment, the San Francisco program has a particular focus on community-based services that allow multiple opportunities for the individual to engage in voluntary treatment and includes a Care Team (i.e., a psychologist, a peer who has lived-experience with mental health treatment, and a family liaison who has a relative with mental illness). These team members are unique to San Francisco’s program and we believe that they will be instrumental in providing support to family members and engaging consumers on a path towards wellness and recovery. The ultimate goal of this program is to provide intensive outpatient services to these individuals in an effort to improve their quality of life, as well as prevent decompensation and cycling through acute services and incarceration.