California’s public mental health system offers an array of community and hospital-based services that are available to adults who have a serious mental illness and children with a severe emotional disorder. The following types of services are administered by the state, and directly provided or arranged for by local (county) mental health departments:
- Rehabilitation and support
- Evaluation and assessment
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Individual service planning
- Residential treatment
- Medication education and management
- Case management Groups
- Wrap-around services
If you or someone you know is facing a life-threatening
emergency, please call 9-1-1.
FIND COMMUNITY SERVICES
California's community-based public mental health services are provided by California's counties. To find local mental health services, contact your local county mental health agency . The Network of Care for Mental Health is a great online resource to get information about mental health issues and to search for a wide variety of mental health and other support services in your local community.
The California Department of Mental Health directly operates five state hospitals throughout California including: Atascadero State Hospital (San Luis Obispo County), Coalinga State Hospital (Fresno County), Metropolitan State Hospital (Los Angeles County), Napa State Hospital (Napa County), and Patton State Hospital (San Bernardino County). Each state hospital provides inpatient treatment services for Californians with serious mental illnesses. Additionally, the department operates two correctional programs, Salinas Valley Psychiatric Program and Vacaville Psychiatric Program.
The California Department of Mental Health provides forensic services through the California Forensic Conditional Release Program (CONREP), Mentally Disordered Offender Program, and Sex Offender Commitment Program.
The DMH Community Services Division has recently re-structured to reflect our commitment to assist with individual county concerns and issues. The Community Programs Branch includes three Sections: MHSA Plan Review and Development, MHSA Plan Review and Resources, and County Technical Assistance. These sections are responsible for MHSA plan reviews and providing technical assistance and support to county mental health programs.
In addition to offering local program support to California counties, each section specializes in a subject area or MHSA component. We hope you will find our new Community Programs Branch helpful and convenient.
The California Department of Mental Health administers a number of programs for children and youth. The programs’ services are directly provided at the local level by counties and their contract providers. These programs include Children’s System of Care/Interage Enrollee-Based Program (IEBP), Early Mental Health Initiative (EMHI), Early and Periodic Screening, Treatment, & Diagnosis (EPSDT) (Medi-Cal), Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63), and Mental Health Services for Special Education Pupils (AB 3632).
The California Department of Mental Health administers a number of programs for adults. The programs’ services are directly provided at the local level by counties and their contract providers. These programs include California Mental Health Cooperative Programs Employment with Support, Caregiver Resource Centers, Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63), Olmstead Decision - New Freedom Initiative, Project for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) projects, and Traumatic Brain Injury.
The California Department of Mental Health (DMH) administers a number of activities designed to ensure high-quality mental health services that comply with State and Federal laws are provided by certain state and local agencies.
This is a list of resources, tools, and information about mental health services that are provided for Veterans within the State of California.