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The Behavioral Health Division provides a wide range of prevention and treatment options for Santa Cruz County adults, children and their families.


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  • This video was produced by the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz illustrating the power of Recovery and their Community Connections Program.  The Volunteer Center is a contract partner of Santa Cruz County Behavioral Health.

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Como obtener servicios de Salud Mental

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(800) 952-2335
24-Hour Access Line

(831) 454-4170
Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm
1400 Emeline Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 763-8200
Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm
1430 Freedom Blvd.
Suite F
Watsonville, CA

For hearing impaired clients: Dial 711
or send us an email

What to Do in Case of a Mental Health Emergency

Behavioral Health Crisis Services

Suicide Prevention Service

Resources for Traumatic Events or Disasters

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What's New

Behavioral Health Equity Collaborative: Standing with Our LGBTQ+ Community

Colaborativo de Equidad de Salud Mental y Tratamiento del Uso de Sustancias: Apoyando a Nuestra Comunidad LGBTQ+

Suicide Prevention Trainings - Various trainings around the central coast

Development of Crisis Continuum – 2/21/23 Stakeholder meeting to receive input and discuss what mobile crisis response resources are needed within the Santa Cruz Community. Video  Slides

The County of Santa Cruz is pleased to announce the launch of the South County Mobile Emergency Response Team for Youth (MERTY), providing community and field-based crisis intervention services to youth age 21 and younger.

Quality Management Plan FY21-22

Quality Improvement Work Plan Evaluation FY21-22

MHP Consumer Perception Survey 2021

DMC-ODS 2021 Consumer Survey: Adults  Youth

External Quality Review (EQRO) Reports:

Culturally & Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Plan Update 2023-24 - The State of California requires each County Behavioral Health system to have a "Cultural Competence" plan.

MHSA Annual Three-Year Plan FY 2018-19

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.