The Jail Mental Health Team provides consultation, evaluation, treatment discharge planning, and placement services for mentally disordered offenders at the County Jail. The goal of the jail mental health service is to provide seamless psychiatric care for clients who are involved with mental health and substance use services and private providers during a jail stay.
Court ordered evaluations are performed in the County Jail. Crisis intervention in the jail includes transfer of the inmate to a treatment facility in Santa Clara County when Section 5150 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is applicable.
In addition, the Team provides referrals, evaluations and other consultations to the jail staff, as well as to the courts, District Attorney and Public Defender’s Office. BHRS staff participates in pre-trial conferences and provide clinical input to the court as requested.