TLCS, Inc. Opens 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Respite Services for Sacramento County Residents

Sacramento, Calif. – The TLCS Mental Health Crisis Respite Center will celebrate its grand opening with a press conference on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 11am. Please call (916)441-0123 x 115 for location and directions. TLCS was awarded $1 million per year for up to 2 years to provide 24-hour/7 day-a-week mental health crisis respite services that can be accessed in a warm and supportive community-based setting. This program will promote stabilization for adults experiencing a mental health crisis.

 “We strongly believe that providing respite care during a mental health crisis will reduce unnecessary emergency room visits, incarcerations and law enforcement calls for service,” said Michael Lazar, Executive Director, TLCS. “We are excited that this is a resource available to any Sacramento resident who is at least 18 years of age and struggling with a severe crisis that is negatively impacting their mental health. We look forward to partnering with health care providers, other community resources and law enforcement personnel to provide a better alternative in a more compassionate and cost effective way.”

“The respite services provided with this funding are essential in our community,” said Sierra Health Foundation: Center for Health Program Management President and CEO Chet Hewitt.  “Instead of going to a hospital emergency room, individuals in crisis will have safe, supportive alternatives to receive appropriate care.”

The TLCS Mental Health Crisis Respite Center will open to serve clients on December 19, 2013 with grant funding provided by Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) Innovation Funds, Sacramento County, and managed by Sierra Health Foundation: Center for Health Program Management.

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