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Hundreds trained to recognize and assist individuals in mental health crisis

The San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) is partnering with faith-based organizations and community groups to provide no-cost mental health training designed to equip participants on how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Since July 2015, DBH has conducted over 27 Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trainings for over 500 individuals ranging in age from 16 to 81. The 8-hour training provides participants with the skills to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. According to the National Council for Behavioral Health, as of May 21, 2017, 1 million people nationwide have been trained in MHFA including former First Lady Michelle Obama, Patrick Kennedy, Dr. Oz and Lady Gaga.

Throughout San Bernardino County, DBH has provided MHFA trainings for the San Bernardino County Unified School District, the University of Redlands, and students from Bloomington High School, Cal State San Bernardino and Copper Mountain College.  DBH has also trained county partners from the Housing Authority, Aging and Adult Services, and the Transitional Assistance Department.

Churches who have hosted a MHFA training include Way World Outreach, First Baptist Church of Redlands, Congregation Emanu El, The Gate, First Assembly of God-Victorville, and Mt. Zion Church of Ontario.

Jeffery and LaDonya Milner began a mental health ministry at Mt. Zion Church of Ontario three years ago and to date, have held six MHFA trainings for over 100 people. “Our goal is to educate people, reduce stigma and serve the community,” said LaDonya. “The training is so helpful and has been well received by the attendees. We have an 87-year old church member who has never missed a training! The Lord has blessed this ministry.”

“DBH applauds the hundreds of individuals throughout the County who’ve completed MHFA training,” said DBH Director Veronica Kelley. “DBH is proud to offer this training and others at no-cost to the community, made possible through funding provided by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).”

The MHSA was passed by California voters in November 2004 and is funded by a 1 percent tax surcharge on personal income over $1 million per year.

For more information on Mental Health First Aid training, call (909) 388-0884 (7-1-1 for TTY users) or visit www.sbcounty.gov/dbh.

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Public hearing to be held for mental health services

The San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) invites members of the community to attend an upcoming public hearing regarding behavioral health services, program goals and related outcomes, as explained in the draft Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Annual Update for fiscal year 2018/19.

The public hearing will be held during the regularly scheduled Behavioral Health Commission Meeting on Thursday, May 3, from noon to 2 p.m. at the County of San Bernardino Health Services Auditorium, 850 E. Foothill Blvd. in Rialto.

The annual update is a report illustrating the progress made by DBH and its contracted partners in providing behavioral health services over the last fiscal year .The report is posted for public review and comment from March 26 through April 26, with feedback to be incorporated into the final version of the MHSA Three Year Plan for fiscal year 2018/19.

For more information on the public hearing, language interpretation services and/or requests for disability-related accommodations, please call (800) 722-9866 or 7-1-1 for TTY users.

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Click here for a printable version in English and Spanish.


2018 Call for Art

The San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health is collecting artwork that highlights wellness, recovery and resilience.
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Behavioral health seeks public review and input on annual report

San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) invites members of the public to review and comment on the draft Mental Health Services Act (MHSA, Prop. 63) Annual Update, fiscal year 2018/2019. The draft plan is a comprehensive report that illustrates the progress made by DBH and its contracted partners in addressing the behavioral health needs of the community and addresses proposed changes in MHSA components in the upcoming fiscal year.

The draft MHSA Annual Update will be posted online from March 26 through April 26 on www.sbcounty.gov/dbh. Comment forms will be posted in English and in Spanish.

The draft MHSA Annual Update will also be discussed during a community meeting on March 15 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the County of San Bernardino Health Services Auditorium, 850 E. Foothill Blvd., in Rialto.

“The draft MHSA Annual Update explains how the act has allowed DBH to expand behavioral health services to unserved, underserved and inappropriately served members of our community,” said DBH Director Veronica Kelley. “DBH invites community members to review the draft MHSA Annual Update and to provide feedback on the update by submitting a comment form and/or attending the upcoming community meeting.”

For additional information on the update or to request interpretation services or request disability-related accommodations, call (800) 722-9866 (7-1-1 for TTY users) or email mhsa@dbh.sbcounty.gov.

The MHSA was passed by California voters in November 2004 and is funded by a 1 percent tax surcharge on personal income over $1 million per year.

Oprime aquí para la versión en español.


Attend an MHSA stakeholder meeting near you!

Click on each of the links below for the hours and location of a stakeholder meeting near you.

Online Adobe Connect
Cultural Competency Advisory Committee
Cultural Competency Advisory Subcommittee Meetings
Clubhouses
District Advisory Committee Meetings
Family Resource Centers
Senior Centers


County hosts High Desert meeting to help those impacted by the Las Vegas shooting

 
The San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) invites individuals and families impacted by the Las Vegas shooting to attend a supportive, no-cost mental health wellness meeting on Wednesday, Oct., 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Victor Valley Behavioral Health Clinic, 12625 Hesperia Road in Victorville.

The meeting will be facilitated by licensed clinical therapists trained in trauma counseling. The meeting will support attendees and allow them to listen to and share their experiences related to the shooting in a safe, comfortable group setting. One-on-one counseling services will also be available.

Attendees will also be provided with educational resources and will be aided in navigating one’s own health care services to promote a healthy adjustment to normalcy and wellness. All services will be offered free of charge and insurance is not needed.

For more information, please call the Victor Valley Behavioral Health Clinic at (760) 995-8300.


Mental health drop-in clinic to offer support in response to Las Vegas shooting

The San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) will open a temporary, one-day no cost mental health wellness drop-in center to assist any San Bernardino County resident experiencing increased emotional and mental distress as result of the Las Vegas shooting.

The mental health drop-in center will be located at DBH’s Mariposa Clinic, 2940 Inland Empire Blvd., in Ontario and will be open on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Confidential services will be offered free of charge and insurance is not needed. Clinic phone lines will also be staffed with crisis counselors for individuals who prefer to call in for mental health support.

“DBH understands that individuals who receive immediate access to professional mental health services after a traumatic experience healthier mental adjustments post trauma,” said DBH Director Veronica Kelley. “DBH is offering this resource to our community to promote individual and collective healing and wellness for all affected by this tragic event.”

The temporary drop-in center will provide attendees and callers with services, tools and resources designed to support a healthy adjustment to normalcy and wellness. Services will include individual private trauma counseling with a mental health professional, case management services to aid in navigating one’s own health care services and educational information on how to cope with traumatic events.

For more information on the mental health wellness drop-in center, please call DBH’s Mariposa Clinic at (909) 458-1350.

DBH, through this community resource, is supporting the Countywide Vision by providing behavioral health services and ensuring residents have the resources they need to promote wellness, recovery and resilience in the community. Information on the Countywide Vision and on DBH can be found at www.sbcounty.gov


Las Vegas Incident

The California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) can help Californians pay bills and expenses resulting from violent crime. Victims of crime who have been injured or have been threatened with injury may be eligible for help. Victims can apply for assistance by submitting an application. If you have or find a therapist, you can provide your application number to the mental health treatment provider. If the provider has not worked with CalVCB program before, they can call this toll-free number, (800) 777-9229, or visit CalVCB Provider Information page found on CalVCB FAQ page. The provider can bill CalVCB directly. If you have insurance coverage and are required to a pay a co-pay, deductible, or share of the cost, CalVCB will pay for that expense. If you have already paid the provider for services, send CalVCB your receipts and CalVCB will reimburse them according to California rates, or Nevada’s rates, whichever is higher.

For more information, visit https://www.victims.ca.gov/lasvegas/ or call CalVCB at 1-800-777-9229.

Nation Wide Disaster Resources

Red Cross: Emotional Health
Red Cross: Picking Up the Pieces
SAMHSA: Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event
SAMHSA: How to deal with Grief
SAMHSA: Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event
SAMHSA: What to Expect after a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event
Self Care After Traumatic Event


Public hearing to be held for innovative behavioral health pilot project

The San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) invites members of the community to participate in an upcoming public hearing regarding Inland Empire (I.E.) PsychPartners, an innovative pilot project developed to transform the delivery of emergency services for individuals in psychiatric crisis.

The I.E. PsychPartners project outlines innovative solutions to complex behavioral health service issues such lengthy emergency room wait times for psychiatric care and the increased demand for and access to behavioral health services. In-depth information about the proposed project can be found in the draft MHSA Innovation Plan 2017 which is posted for public review and comment now through Sept. 30 at www.sbcounty.gov/dbh. The public hearing will provide community members with added opportunity to comment on the plan and project before it is formally approved.

The public hearing will be held during the regularly scheduled Behavioral Health Commission Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 5 from noon to 2 p.m. at the County of San Bernardino Health Services Auditorium, 850 E. Foothill Blvd. in Rialto.

For more information on the public hearing, language interpretation services and/or requests for disability-related accommodations, please call (800) 722-9866 or dial 7-1-1 for TTY users.

DBH, through the MHSA, is supporting the Countywide Vision by providing behavioral health services and ensuring residents have the resources they need to promote wellness, recovery and resilience in the community. Information on the Countywide Vision and on DBH can be found at www.sbcounty.gov.