SOURCE: Telecare Corporation

Telecare Corporation

April 14, 2015 16:02 ET

Telecare Corporation Reaches Milestone 50th Anniversary

Founded in Alameda County, Leading National Mental Health Provider Delivers Innovative Services to Over 33,000 Individuals a Year to Individuals With Serious Mental Illness and Complex Needs

ALAMEDA, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 14, 2015) - Changing lives while restoring the hopes and dreams for persons with severe mental illness and complex needs has been part of Telecare Corporation's DNA since its founding in Alameda, California, in 1965 when it opened the first freestanding acute psychiatric hospital in Northern California, and began providing hands-on services to clients. Over the ensuing 50 years, Telecare has grown and evolved, offering a wide spectrum of innovative services in more than 85 programs across eight states, serving dozens of public behavioral health systems, private hospitals, and health plans.

Telecare played a vital role in the 1960s when efforts began across the U.S. to deinstitutionalize the care of persons with mental illness. Its collaboration with Alameda County and other state and local behavioral health agencies became a national model for public-private mental healthcare partnerships focused on community-based, recovery-centered care. The inpatient programs that resulted from these partnerships were closer to home, more consumer-focused, and generated significant savings to the overall system of care. In partnership with Alameda County, Telecare also brought the first evidenced-based Assertive Community Treatment Program to the state in 1994. The Strides program demonstrated dramatic success reducing the vicious cycle of hospitalization for clients, and influenced programming state wide with the implementation of the Mental Health Services Act.

"While only a few companies in America can boast reaching a 50th anniversary, one of things we are most proud of is the relationship that we are privileged to have with customers like Alameda County," said Anne Bakar, president and CEO of Telecare. "Our customers bring their vision and commitment to all of these partnerships and create an environment where powerful change becomes possible," said Anne Bakar, President and CEO of Telecare. "Together, we have come so far creating community-based systems of care that are recovery-focused and offer profound social impact. With the promise of the Affordable Care Act, we have so much further to go. As we celebrate this milestone, we want to honor the tens of thousands of lives that have been touched by our shared work, and recommit ourselves to a future that is even more impactful with the advent of affordable care."

Telecare is hosting a 50th Anniversary celebration at its headquarters in Alameda on April 15. Honored guests will include representatives from the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and Health Services Department, and the offices of U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee and California State Assemblyman Rob Bonta.

Telecare's services started in Alameda County with the opening of the first freestanding psychiatric hospital in Northern California in 1966: Everett A. Gladman Memorial Hospital. Soon a strategic partnership with Alameda County Health Services was forged and Telecare began to play a vital role in implementing numerous county behavioral health initiatives, resulting in millions of dollars in annual savings.

"By spending resources locally, creating over 700 local jobs, and treating persons suffering from serious mental illness in their local communities, close to families and loved ones, we improve more than the lives of individuals: we strengthen families and the entire Bay Area community," said Bakar.

Today, Telecare's Alameda County programs reach an estimated 8,000 unique adolescents, adults and older adults through over 300 inpatient beds ranging from acute to long-term care -- as well as through a broad array of community services, including crisis care, targeted case management and Assertive Community Treatment (ACT). Services focus on emotionally disturbed adolescents; adults and older adults with serious mental illness; persons with co-occurring substance use disorders, intellectual disabilities, physical health challenges, neurobehavioral disorders and related complex needs such as homelessness, joblessness, criminal justice involvement and poverty.

Visit to learn more about Telecare's 50 years of service. There is also a six-minute video history available.

About Telecare
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Telecare is based in Alameda, California and is one of the largest providers of mental health services in the United States. Telecare works in partnership with health plans; hospitals; as well as other county, state and private behavioral healthcare organizations to design and provide recovery-focused services for high-risk individuals. Telecare is employee- and family-owned organization with over 3,000 employees, serving more than 33,000 clients annually through more than 85 programs in California, Washington, Oregon, Nebraska, North Carolina, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Texas. 

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