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If the person needs to be hospitalized for mental health reasons, they will be sent to an appropriate psychiatric facility somewhere in California, usually within a few hours from Tuolumne County, for a 72 hour hold (often called a “5150”). During this time, the person is evaluated by a psychiatrist and provided treatment if appropriate; case managers keep in contact with the facility during this time to develop an after-care plan for the person. Whether or not a person is hospitalized for their condition, follow-up resources and after care plans help to get the person to the care they need.
If you are not a current client, we strongly encourage you to follow-up with your previous psychiatrist or physical health care doctor if possible. Psychiatric medications are prescribed through Behavioral Health, but the referral process may take a few weeks, especially for new clients just entering into services.