Tuolumne County Profile - Community Indicators Project 2008
Tuolumne County Profile Introduction Health and Safety Education and the Arts Natural Resources and Recreation Economy and Infrastructure Appendices Conclusion Acknowledgements

Mental Health

Why is this important?

How we care for some of our most vulnerable residents: children, adults and seniors with acute or chronic mental health disorders, reflects on the health and safety of our community. The newer psychotropic medications, treatment interventions, and community support, enable many of these residents to participate in the life of the community.

What is the measure?

The number of hospitalizations, bed days and placements in long-term settings of our citizens with acute and/or chronic mental health conditions are significant indicators of 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. The percentage of clients seen in outpatient mental health and the prevalence rate of citizens of Tuolumne County with a mental illness were also measured to see how well mental health services are being utilized.

How are we doing?

This snapshot indicates that Tuolumne County has a stable rate for adults hospitalized in the county for the last three fiscal years with a decrease in the number of days residents are remaining in the hospital.

The number of permanent conservatorships per 10,000 population increased.

The data also show that we are only seeing a small percentage of the citizens with serious mental illness when compared to the standardized expected prevalence rates of 9.0%.

Tuolumne General Medical Facility Acute Psychiatric Unit statistics.

CA State Department of Mental Health Statistical Report: http://www.dmh.ca.gov/Statistics_and_Data_Analysis/Involuntary_Detention.asp

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Tuolumne County - Central Sierra Mountains