San Diego County Unveils Community-based Web Site for Mental Health
April 30, 2003
Network of Care
SAN DIEGO - San Diego County today introduced a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with mental and emotional wellness. Network of Care for Mental Health is an online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is “No Wrong Door” for those navigating the system of mental health services, those working to avoid the need for formal services, and those ready to transition out of the mental health system.
Sponsored by an innovation grant from the State of California in partnership with San Diego County, Network of Care for Mental Health (www.networkofcare.org) is a pilot program for California and the nation. Regardless of where individuals, families and agencies begin their search for assistance with mental health issues, Network of Care for Mental Health ensures they will find what they need. The new Web site will enable people to find the right service at the right time; educate themselves about their issues; understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and better manage their affairs, interactions and important records.
The Network of Care for Mental Health provides a comprehensive Service Directory of thousands of service providers in San Diego County, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time. Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning mental and emotional wellness.
To increase accessibility and accommodate Network of Care’s users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant and Bobby-approved. Network of Care also is available in multiple languages.
Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve people with mental illness, by embracing Network of Care’s communication tools such as message boards. Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section.
Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains all Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Seniors and People with Disabilities, currently serving one-third of the state’s population, and the Network of Care for Kids, which will be launched in multiple California counties in May 2003. Based on requests from the state and several of its counties, Trilogy is also developing Network of Care sites for domestic abuse, substance abuse and behavioral health.
Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, plans to serve the entire State of California via Network of
Care by the end of 2003. For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at email@example.com.