Turning Point uses best practices in mental health treatment because these approaches have proven over time to be most effective for recovery.

Here’s an overview (click on any best practice below to learn more about it):

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is an intensive locally-based treatment for individuals with severe and persistent psychiatric disabilities at risk for hospitalization or homelessness. Individualized services include multidisciplinary treatment, rehabilitation and support services across settings, 24/7 on-call support, mobile crisis intervention, substance abuse counseling, medication outreach, specialized groups and community integration.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps individuals to identify the faulty thought patterns that are leading to emotional and behavioral difficulties.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Groups (DBT-informed practice) teaches coping and self-soothing skills to better manage internal and interpersonal distresses especially for adults with Borderline Personality Disorder.
Family Psycho-education is intended to help family members understand the mental illness, cope with the problems it creates for other family members, and minimize stresses that may increase the risk of relapse.
Harm Reduction is a set of practical strategies intended to reduce the negative consequences of high risk behaviors such as overdrinking, drug use, unsafe sex, gambling, etc. Harm reduction is a nonjudgmental approach that attempts to meet people “where they are at” with their drinking or drug use. Instead of demanding perfect abstinence, this pragmatic approach is supportive of anyone who wishes to minimize the harm associated with high risk behaviors.
Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) is a cognitive-behavioral counseling program that combines education, group and individual counseling, and structured exercises designed to foster moral development in treatment-resistant clients. MRT promotes improved decision making, enhanced self-image, and the development of higher stages of moral reasoning to instill appropriate goals, motivation, and values.
Motivational interviewing is a directive, empathetic client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence.
Sacramento Psychosocial Options for Rehabilitation Training is an evidence-based training program designed to improve community functioning of clients with a persistent mental illness. Basic conversation skills, community re-entry, friendship and intimacy, medication management, recreation for leisure, substance abuse management, symptom management, workplace fundamentals, and involving families in mental health are among the group topics.
Seeking Safety is a present-focused therapy to help people attain safety from trauma/PTSD and substance abuse.
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) allows one to process traumatic events in a safe manner and addresses inaccurate cognitions that become linked to the trauma in a developmentally appropriate way.
Transformative Care Planning is an approach that enhances consumer and family outcomes of wellness, resiliency and recovery based on a comprehensive assessment, formulation and understanding the consumers/family’s story, treatment plan development and consistent documentation of medical necessity and compliance with Medi-Cal.

Evidence-based and best mental health practices for children

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps individuals to identify the faulty thought patterns that are leading to emotional and behavioral difficulties.
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy allows a child/youth to process traumatic events in a safe manner and addresses inaccurate cognitions that become linked to the trauma in a developmentally appropriate way. TF-CBT also helps the parent(s) to effectively support the child in their trauma related behavioral problems.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Groups teaches coping and self-soothing skills to better manage internal and interpersonal distress.
Parent Child Interaction Therapy for children age 2-7 uses a coaching model to help parents build a more positive relationship with their child and help the parent to better manage their child’s difficult behaviors.

Outcomes and Assessment Tools

Level of Care Utilization System allows for assessment of service needs for adult clients, based on Risk of Harm; Functional Status; Medical, Addictive and Psychiatric Co-Morbidity; Recovery Environment; Treatment and Recovery History; and Engagement.
Milestones of Recovery Scale is an assessment tool that provides regular updates on members’ level of risk, their engagement in their own recovery, the skills developed and supports available to them. Close monitoring of this data helps us evaluate program effectiveness and allows members to flow to the next level of appropriate care. Learn more at: http://www.miwatch.org/2011/10/measuring_recovery.html