Why is this important?
How we care for some of our most vulnerable residents-
children, adults, and seniors with acute or long-term
mental health disorders-refl ects on the health and safety
of our community. Until recently, the options for activity,
employment, and social relationships were bleak for these
residents. Today there are psychotropic medications,
treatment interventions, and effective community
support systems that enable many of these residents to
participate in the life of the community.
What is the measure?
The number of hospitalizations and placements in acute
or long-term settings of our citizens with these acute
and/or chronic mental health conditions refl ects the
effectiveness of the prevention and intervention systems
established in our county. Increases or decreases in these
numbers alert all the collaborating agencies and services
to important changes in the safety and quality of life for
people with mental disorders.
How are we doing?
This snapshot indicates that Tuolumne County had a
rate higher than the state rate per 10,000 population
for acute involuntary hospitalizations, but a lower rate
than the state level for permanent conservatorships. The
Tuolumne County severe mental illness prevalence rate is
similar to the statewide prevalence.
These fi ndings would tend to indicate that Tuolumne
County is better than average at helping people stabilize
at lower levels of care instead of the highest level
requiring out of home care once the people are identifi ed.
However, Tuolumne County does not do as well as the
rest of the state in early identifi cation of people needing
help with psychiatric problems. This results in more
people coming to the attention of caregivers in crisis
situations rather than less extreme situations.