II.O WELFARE CHECKS

Effective Date: 
Mon, 08/22/2011
Reviewed: 
Wed, 05/27/2015
Revised: 
Sun, 08/28/2011
Policy: 

In certain clinical situations, a CAPS clinician may want to institute a police welfare check when they are concerned about the imminent safety of a client.  A police welfare check is a process by which law enforcement can go to an individual’s residence in order to determine if a person is in significant distress or in need of assistance because of a health condition.  A CAPS staff member may request that a welfare check be conducted for high risk clients who, in the clinician’s judgment, may be at imminent risk to themselves or others.   A Release of Information is not needed when requesting a welfare check for the imminent safety of the student or others.

In order to initiate this process, the following steps are followed:

  1. The treating clinician will consult with a licensed senior staff member of management team member prior to contacting the police.
  2. If the student lives in on-campus housing, the UCSC campus police are contacted to conduct the welfare check
  3. If the student lives in off-campus housing, the Santa Cruz city police are contacted to conduct the welfare check.
  4. The consultation and contact with the appropriate police department will be documented in the clinical record.