Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health and Human Services


Collaborative Health and Human Services: Concentration in Social Work

First Advisor



At Monterey County Behavioral Health, we serve people with a variety of mental illnesses. They range from moderate to severe- whether it be schizophrenia or depression, we provide services that will help them deal with their symptoms. We strive to cultivate positive relationships in the community with our clients and contracted facilities. In this essay, I am going to talk about a certain population of who we serve: those who are found incompetent to stand trial and the toll it takes on them and their families. Moreover, I will be talking about the challenges and uncertainties that clients and their families have to overcome during the incompetency to stand trial process. My capstone project focused on supporting families and loved ones of those who are incompetent. I created a brochure of important questions they may ask to help them understand the restoration to competency journey. I included four questions about the process and resources such as the Monterey County Behavioral Health ACCESS team phone numbers and the MCBH website in case they need support. Additionally, I measured my results by presenting my brochure to my mentor, Anjanette Brannon-Hinze, and the Behavioral Health Services manager, Rhiyan Quiton. I also presented my brochure to the Placement Team and dispersed my brochure to the Adult Systems of Care counseling office at Natividad Medical Center and the Monterey County Jail, and the offices of the District Attorney, Public Defender and Public Guardian.