The Mental Health Navigator (MHN) addresses acute and complex mental health needs referred to the County Attorney. The role of the MHN is to operate, in the community, as a liaison for community members, identified as at-risk, and/or in need of service-system-support, to various human services, treatment and support agencies. In this role, the MHN does not provide any form of mental/behavioral health or substance misuse-oriented evaluation or treatment.
The function of the MHN is operate as part of the community-system of support, exploring various resources, providing referrals and resource direction, and supporting clients in their accessing of community support resources. The MHN functions in such a way as to fill ‘gaps’ in the system, those that exist as a result of a client’s challenges in identifying and accessing resources, and those that exist when agencies don’t substantively provide direct continuity of care. The MHN works towards providing clients with community supports so that the client can move towards holistic wellness and independent living.
The MHN may provide referral, networking and support to family members, but not evaluation/treatment. The role and function is to provide resource development, referral, access-support, along with empowerment support towards individualized client goals.
Between June 2018 and July 2019, the Mental Health Navigator has successfully connected 15 clients and families to ongoing therapeutic resources (i.e., therapist, medication provider, etc.) and/or helped removed barriers to care (i.e., insurance, transportation, housing, and food security).
Annual Number of Referrals made to the County Attorney:
- 2016- 225
- January 1 – September 7, 2017 – 187
- January 1 – April 25, 2018 – 78