Behavioral Health Division
The Behavioral Health 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.
- 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.
- Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH)
Multidisciplinary team that seeks to bridge the gap between physical and behavioral health by providing collaborative, patient centered, trauma informed services in the primary care setting.
- Substance Use Disorders Services (SUDS)
Provides services related to alcohol and drug prevention, intervention, treatment and education.
- Cruz to Health
Cruz to Health is a Whole Person Care (WPC) pilot project authorized and funded under California’s MediCal 2020 waiver to test county-based initiatives to improve care management of individuals with chronic co-occurring health conditions and repeated and avoidable medical and/or psychiatric hospitalizations.
- 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.
- Mental Health Service Outcomes
California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Mental Health Performance Outcome Measures for youths and adults.
- 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.