Involuntary Outpatient Commitment Program

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Hunterdon Behavioral Health was granted funding by the State of New Jersey to implement the Involuntary Outpatient Commitment (IOC) Program in Hunterdon County.

This program has been established as an alternative to inpatient commitment and there are criteria that have to be met for a consumer to be appropriate for the IOC program. Consumers must be Hunterdon County residents and have a primary mental health diagnosis, although there can be secondary substance abuse diagnoses. Consumers should have an established residence in Hunterdon County, homelessness is an exclusionary criterion. The crux of the program is that consumers need to meet criteria for dangerousness in the foreseeable future, meaning that the identified consumer would be a danger to themselves, others or property, by reason of mental illness. If a consumer is imminently dangerous, he/she would not be appropriate for the program. The consumer should also have a history of success in treatment. The goal of the program is to keep consumers from being re-hospitalized and/or incarcerated. The consumer is Court Ordered to IOC status and must follow the treatment plan that has been established for him/her. Hunterdon County IOC can serve a maximum of 25 consumers at one time.

Hunterdon County IOC operates in a case management model. There is a full time coordinator and case manager and half time peer support specialist staffed to assist consumers in complying with his/her treatment plan. IOC will follow the consumer through their treatment, have regular contact with the treatment team, supports, and the Court. IOC will be utilizing a Wellness and Recovery Model to enable the consumer to remain in the community. IOC will meet with consumer as often as needed to ensure compliance with the treatment plan. In the event that the consumer becomes imminently dangerous, the Screening Center will be notified 24 hours a day.

IOC is available 24 hours a day to take referrals to the program. Referrals will come from the Screening Center or inpatient units. There is a 24 hour referral line which is 908-303-8167. Non-referral calls can be made at any time by calling 908-237-6024.

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