Behavioral Wellness Department News of interest to Families

Coordinated Entry Program helps persons find housing
The Coordinated Entry Program is a housing resource for individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness  Several entry points with walk-in hours are available in Santa Barbara at PATH, Salvation Army-Hospitality House and for Veterans at the Veteran’s Memorial Building. These are resource centers for obtaining housing and other needed resources. Regional Entry Points have limited walk-in hours available. Walk-in appointments are available on a first come, first served basis. There is an initial assessment of severity of housing need. Contact PATH, Salvation Army, or Veterans Memorial Building for additional information.

Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT or Laura’s Law) for seriously ill persons who refuse treatment.  
The Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) program provides court ordered outpatient treatment for adults living with a serious mental illness who are experiencing repeated crisis events and refuse to engage in treatment on a voluntary basis. Among the many positive features of the AOT program are that of an extended program of gentle engagement of folks wherever they are. Measured engagement data shows that two-fifths of people referred to AOT (42%) have accepted voluntary treatment and have not needed court interventions. Families have provided 64% of referrals to this excellent resource, per the recent annual report.  To inquire, contact the Access Line 888-868-1649 and ask for the AOT program.