Behavioral Health Bureau
Assists Monterey County citizens with mental health and addictive disorders to live in the community, while reducing the social, legal, health, and economic consequences of behavioral health problems. This is accomplished through a range of Psycho-social interventions such as inpatient hospitalization, crisis interventions, recovery programs, prevention services, supportive housing, wellness centers, and outpatient services for adults and children with alcohol, drug or mental health problems.
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The goal of the new “Access to Treatment” model is to facilitate easy access for Medi-Cal eligible individuals to public mental health services. The purpose of this new model is to ensure that callers are immediately connected with someone that can assess their mental health needs, connect them to appropriate services and/or invite them to participate in treatment at Monterey County Behavioral Health.
Access to Treatment phone number 888-258-6029
Specialized ServicesThe Monterey County Health Department, Behavioral Health Division is currently providing the following services in response to the economic crisis:
Supportive Crisis Intervention & Debriefing / Crisis Support TeamIn August 2008 Behavioral Health created a crisis support team. The team consists of specially trained
Behavioral Health staff who are available to individuals, first responders, organizations and employers in the community to facilitate debriefings following a critical or traumatic incident such as learning about the sudden death of a co-worker, or witnessing a tragic event. Behavioral Health staff assists people to work through the initial stages of grief and provides self care tips and resources. As expressed by Devon Corpus from the Behavioral Health Crisis Team: “We help individuals work through all of the emotions they are feeling –anger, sadness and fear- and help them restore a sense of control. As necessary we connect individuals with resources for continued care and services.” For more information, please contact the Crisis Team at: (831) 755-4111. >
Support and Consultation to County Social and Employment Services StaffThese agencies are seeing a large increase in people applying for Medi-Cal and looking for job training, among other needs. Behavioral Health is offering staff, many of who feel overwhelmed and at risk of “burn out”, with the opportunity to debrief and talk about difficult situations they are encountering during their daily work. In addition, Behavioral Health conducted training for staff around how to recognize a person in crisis, how to deescalate a crisis and when to refer a person to mental health services. For more information please contact: Pedro Perez, Behavioral Health Services Manager, Adult Services at (831) 796-1700.
Depression Screening Events
- In South County visit: 200 Broadway, Ste. #88 in King City (831) 386-6868 or 1-888-258-6029
- In Salinas visit: 1441 Constitution Blvd. Bldg. 400, Ste. 202 in Salinas (831) 755-5505 or 1-888-258-6029
- In Monterey visit: 1200 Aguajito Rd in Monterey (831) 647-7652 or 1-888-258-6029
Family Support GroupsApproximately 54 million Americans suffer from some form of mental illness in a given year. Most families are not prepared to cope with learning their loved one has a mental illness. If you think you, or someone you know, may have a mental or emotional problem, it is important to remember there is hope and help. Community members are also welcome to attend Psycho Educational Skills Groups for family members and friends of individuals living with mental illness. These groups are bilingual and cover topics such as conflict resolution and increasing your self esteem. For more information, please contact our offices near you.
- In Salinas call: (831) 796-1700
- In Monterey call: (831) 647-7652
- in King City call: (831) 386-6868
Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)
Mental Health Commission
The remaining members should be individuals who have experience or knowledge of the mental health system. Click here to view the Mental Health Commission Roster