Behavioral Health Services (BHS)
If you have a Behavioral Health emergency, please call 9-1-1.
For Access to Services or the Crisis Line, call: 1-888-724-7240.
The Behavioral Health Services (BHS) Division provides mental health and alcohol or other drug services for children, youth, families, adults, and older adults.
BHS promotes recovery and well-being through prevention, treatment, and intervention, as well as integrated services for clients experiencing both mental illness and alcohol or other drug issues. Services are offered through contracted providers and County-operated facilities.
The Division embraces Live Well San Diego, the County’s over-arching initiative to promote healthy, safe and thriving communities throughout the County of San Diego.
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- SUD Forms and Contract Requirements
- Core Documents
- Strategic Prevention Plan
The Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS) provides a continuum of care modeled after the American Society of Addiction Medicine Criteria for substance use disorder treatment services, enables more local control and accountability, provides greater administrative oversight, creates utilization controls to improve care and efficient use of resources, implements evidenced based practices in substance abuse treatment, and coordinates with other systems of care. For more information about DMC-ODS visit our website by clicking on the link above.
Edgemoor provides 24 hour long-term skilled nursing care for individuals with complex medical needs who require specialized interventions from highly trained staff.
Gives information on all San Diego County providers of Alcohol or other Drug Services and Mental Health Services. The listing includes license type, primary region, Medi-Cal availability, provider name, phone number and address, languages spoken, and populations served.
Mental Health Services Act
The Board of Supervisors approved the MHSA Three Year Program and Expenditure Plan: Fiscal Years 2017-18 through 2019-20 on October 10, 2017. It will be forwarded to the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission by November 10, 2017.
The website also features the 2017 Cultural Competence Plan and Three-Year Strategic Plan.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Across the nation, May is known as Mental Health Awareness Month. Many local and nationwide jurisdictions publish proclamations and host events in recognition of the importance of mental health to support overall health and well-being.
Again this year, the County of San Diego, together with our many mental health providers, will celebrate May is Mental Health Month. Many activities will be held to raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and bring hope and healing to the community.
Kicking off the month is the NAMI Walks San Diego/HHSA Wellness Expo on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Visit NAMISanDiego.org for more Walk information.
Many other activities will take place during the month of May. Check out the May is Mental Health Awareness Month calendar, find something that interests you and help raise awareness and end the stigma of mental illness.
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Hospital services are available for mental health emergencies and situations that require intensive supervision and the medical necessity of a hospital setting.
- Systemwide Information on Behavioral Health Programs
- CYF and AOA Systems of Care Reports
- Cultural Competence
- MHSA Information
- Quality Improvement Reports on Clients Served by BHS Programs
Are you in compliance with NVRA? Read the information below to learn more.
The National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993 requires that behavioral health provider agencies make voter registration opportunities available to under-represented populations at the time that clients are enrolling for services. Additionally, provider staff are required to take training once each year. The NVRA training presented on this website can fulfill this requirement and outlines legal requirements and State/County expectations under this Act. The training materials listed below are also available directly from the California Secretary of State Website by clicking here. If you have questions about this requirement, please contact your Contracting Officer Representative (COR).
Review the four links below to easily understand NVRA compliance requirements.
- NVRA/SB35 Slideshow: (PPT) | (PDF)
- NVRA Agency Video: Open Captioned | Open Captioned-Audio Described
- NVRA Basics - Quick Reference Sheet
- Training Frequently Asked Questions
- California's NVRA Manual (2013)
- Voters with Disabilities
- Voting Rights for Californians with Criminal Convictions or Detained in Jail or Prison
- ACLU Toolkit - How to Comply with the National Voter Registration Act
- Disability Rights California - Voting Publications
- Disability Etiquette