Santa Cruz County showed off its new $14.5 million behavioral health center on Wednesday, giving local health officials and politicians a tour of a dormitory-style treatment center meant to be a place of comfort for those suffering through serious mental health issues. It is designed to be a step above a clinical setting, and while it includes an intake area for patients in crisis, the 16-bed treatment area is light and open, painted in warm, welcoming hues.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden announced a $100 million boost in funding for mental health services on Tuesday as he met families of children killed in the Newtown school shooting, the White House said. Half the money will go to enable community health centers to offer behavioral health services to people suffering from mental illness or addiction.
Smartphones could become lifelines for UC Davis students who are having trouble coping or are concerned about someone in distress, thanks to a new mobile-friendly website.
Called “Just in Case,” the resource is part of a larger UC Davis initiative to reduce the stigma students may feel seeking mental health services and to provide innovative suicide prevention services and resources. It demonstrates how UC Davis is one community in which we care for each other.
A new analysis by Oregon State University researchers of California’s mental health system finds that comprehensive, community-based mental health programs are helping people with serious mental illness transition to independent living. Published in the October issue of the American Journal of Public Health, this study has important implications for the way that states finance and deliver mental health programs, and speaks to the effectiveness of well-funded, comprehensive community programs.
Amid a continued increasing demand for services, county mental health officials are seeking extra staff to alleviate pressure on emergency rooms, law enforcement and better serve wide-reaching rural areas.
The San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health will be applying for a state grant of $8,113,495, which would support 25 extra personnel for more than three years, county officials say — 15 DBH staff and 10 contract provider staff dedicated to sheriff’s stations, family resource centers, psychiatric hospitals and geographically-disadvantaged locations.