Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services


What's NEW at Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

December 2014 Behavioral Health Newsletter
We Are Serious About Mental Health & Recovery!

Identifying Critical Community Needs We seek community input in the development of a strategic plan to provide mental health services, including services for people with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

Substance Abuse Treatment Planning
community conversation public forums for substance abuse treatment planning.

Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) a clinical assessment tool to facilitate the linkage between the assessment process and the design of individualized service plans including the application of evidence-based practices.

Psychiatric Health Facility Opens in Santa Cruz
June 9, 2014 Announcement

The Mental Health and Substance Abuse services division provides a wide range of prevention and treatment options for Santa Cruz County adults, children and their families.

Adult Mental Health Services
Provides clinical services for transition age youth (18-25), adult recovery (25-59), older adults (over 60) and Forensic and Jail Treatment for adults in need of mental health treatment.
Alcohol and Drug Services
Provides services related to alcohol and drug prevention, intervention, treatment and education. Substance Abuse Treatment Planning
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
Provides services for youth including assessment, individual, family, and group therapy, school based day treatment, family support, and evaluation for psychiatric hospitalization.
Mental Health Advisory Board
The Santa Cruz County Mental Health Advisory Board provides advice to the governing body (Board of Supervisors) and the local mental health director. They provide oversight and monitoring of the local mental health system as well as advocacy for persons with mental illness.
Mental Health Services Act
The purpose of the Mental Health Services Act is to expand and improve mental health services and transform the mental health system.
Psychiatric Health Facility
Santa Cruz County Psychiatric Health Facility (PHF) is a locked 24-hour acute psychiatric inpatient program. It is a safe, welcoming, recovery-focused place for people who are having a mental health emergency and need more intensive treatment and support.
Public Guardian
Manages the property, finances and personal care needs of county individuals who are substantially unable to provide for themselves. This is accomplished through Conservatorship.
Web Resources
In addition to providing services, there are many other national, state and local mental health resources available for research and information.


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