Mental Health Services Expand: Hill Country Center

Mental health services have a history of being scarce throughout the Intermountain area, but the Mental Health Services Act is bringing that era to an end.

Hill Country Health and Wellness Center, Tri County Community Network, Inc. and Right Road Recovery Programs, Inc. have teamed up with Shasta County Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Programs Department to offer mental health services to individuals in eastern Shasta County.

“This will increase services where mental health needs have previously not been met,” said Dr. Mark Montgomery, director of Shasta County Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Programs.

A significant portion of Shasta County’s Mental Health Services Act funds are dedicated to its Rural Health Initiative. Through this initiative, Shasta County Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Programs plans to expand and enhance access to mental health care and increase services to overcome barriers to wellness and recovery.

The department recently contracted with Right Road Recovery Programs, Inc. to provide outpatient mental health and alcohol and drug services to Shasta County Medi-Cal beneficiaries 12 and older in eastern Shasta County. Services will include mental health screening, mental health assessment, treatment plan development, individual and group therapy, rehabilitation, collateral services, case management, and crisis intervention services.

Components of the Rural Health Initiative also include Hill Country Health and Wellness Center’s wellness center, Circle of Friends, and its 10 Full-Service Partnerships. While Circle of Friends is designed to provide social rehabilitation and support to individuals with mental illness and their family members, Full-Service Partnerships provide comprehensive, around-the-clock outreach services.

A Full-Service Partnership with a mental health client includes transportation, connections to housing and employment resources, physical and mental health care, and medication management to individuals in dire need who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Full Service Partnerships are designed to meet the client’s immediate needs and keep him or her from hospitalization.

To provide housing and employment services, Hill Country Health and Wellness Center refers many of its clients to Tri County Community Network, Inc. (TCCN). TCCN is a contracted agency of Shasta County Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Programs, which links clients to housing resources, housing repairs and employment.

For more information on mental health services through Hill Country Health and Wellness Center, call 337-6243 or visit hillcountryclinic.org. For more information on mental health services through Right Road Recovery Program, call 335-3800.

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