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

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 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 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

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Behavioral Health to host groundbreaking ceremony for treatment center

The Department of Behavioral Health invites community members to attend a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate the construction of a 10-bed, short-term, recovery-based, Crisis Residential Treatment (CRT) center in Joshua Tree.

“This center will be an asset to the Morongo Basin by providing individuals who are experiencing a psychiatric crisis with services, supports and interventions which promote recovery,” said Third District San Bernardino County Supervisor, James Ramos. “We must take a proactive approach to mental health issues, stop the stigma and be part of the solution by standing up for those who are suffering in silence. I would like to thank DBH for their efforts to bring these much needed services to the Morongo Basin.”
The groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Monday, June 26 from 10 to 11 a.m. at 60805 29 Palms Hwy., Joshua Tree.

“DBH is committed to providing effective behavioral health services and several avenues to reach those services. Through this CRT, and the other CRT’s and Crisis Stabilization Units (CSU’s) currently in construction throughout the County, we aim to reach more people with needed services, reduce involuntary hospitalizations and/or inappropriate incarcerations and promote recovery,” said Veronica Kelley, DBH Director. “With the support of our leaders, local law enforcement, emergency responders, health care personnel, and community members, we can create a county where all persons, including those who have experienced a mental illness, have the opportunity to enjoy optimum wellness.”

The CRT will provide effective behavioral health services while utilizing a cost-effective approach to treatment by serving as an appropriate alternative to hospital emergency department visits or calls to law enforcement for individuals experiencing a psychiatric emergency. Services at the CRT will include intake, assessment, physical and psychological evaluation and mental health and case management services, in a home-like environment. Construction on the CRT is expected to be completed by late January 2018.

For more information, please call Monica Rosas at (909) 388-0942 (711 for TTY users) or email

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Innovative local behavioral health program piques statewide interest

The “Let’s Get Healthy California” contest administered by the California Health and Human Services Agency and California Department of Public Health has selected the Department of Behavioral Health’s (DBH) Recovery Based Engagement Support Team (RBEST) as finalist in the lowering the cost of care category for its innovative method of providing greater access to behavioral health care and cost savings to the county.

RBEST was first developed in response to a 2012 report by the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development indicating a 40 percent increase in psychiatric transfers to hospitals within San Bernardino County from 2010. Further review of local data indicated that caretakers of these individuals often relied on law enforcement and hospital emergency rooms as the only means of psychiatric care for their loved ones. This spurred the development of RBEST to reduce the inappropriate use of these providers by educating and engaging clients and families into proper outpatient behavioral health treatment and care.

RBEST engages these individuals and families by providing mobile, engagement sessions in their homes or anyplace that is most comfortable for those needing behavioral health related care. These sessions, facilitated by mental health specialists, peer and family advocates, or alcohol and drug counselors, provide participants with education, support, and referrals to outpatient treatment. This field-based, minimally structured environment has produced notable outcomes.

Per data by DBH’s Research and Evaluation, as of March 2016, RBEST has engaged with 364 individuals, who, when hospitalized prior to being engaged by RBEST, received an outpatient service within seven days of hospital discharge 38 percent of the time. After engagement with RBEST, 96 percent of these individuals received outpatient services within seven days of hospital discharge in their first 30 days after RBEST engagement. Hospital admissions after RBEST engagement were reduced by 43 percent, and those who were admitted experienced a shorter stay, with a 37 percent reduction in total hospital days.

“Our department has always been proud of the outcomes of RBEST and are obviously excited when others recognize the valuable work of our programs as well,” said Veronica Kelley, DBH Director. “More than anything, we are glad that RBEST has effectively empowered so many families in caring for their loved ones, and, through referrals from partner agencies such Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Community Hospital of San Bernardino, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Canyon Ridge Psychiatric Hospital and Loma Linda Behavioral Medicine Center, has assisted DBH in identifying individuals not previously engaged in our system of care so that we are able to inform them of and direct them into appropriate treatment.”


For more information on this release, contact DBH’s Public Information Office at (909) 383-3952.
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SB County homeless services designed with needs in mind

The Department of Behavioral Health Office of Homeless Services (OHS), in conjunction with the San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership (SBCHP), will coordinate the Point-In-Time Count (PITC) in order to acquire an estimated number of homeless individuals and families in San Bernardino County on a given day, and to discover the specific needs.

“The PITC not only provides a measurement of the rate of homelessness in San Bernardino County, it offers insight into the characteristics of people and families sleeping on the street or in places not meant for human habitation. The information gathered by community volunteers is used a road map or blueprint to design current and future services that best serve our local homeless population,” said Tom Hernandez, Office of Homeless Services Officer.

Individuals and organizations are invited to volunteer to participate in the count, which will be conducted on Jan. 26 from 6 to 10 a.m. throughout San Bernardino County. Those who wish to volunteer must attend a training session being held from Jan. 5 through Jan. 20 throughout San Bernardino County.

Field team volunteers who are able to engage with homeless individuals or families will ask specific questions and offer hygiene kits and information on supportive services. Homeless persons who report a verifiable veteran status are provided with additional supports from veterans housing programs, such as transportation and immediate housing in many cases.

Jeanette Hill, a repeated volunteer with the count encourages others to participate by saying, “I look forward to helping each year because I feel it is important to try to reach out to the homeless population and let them know that we care. I have found that many are happy just to talk to someone who is truly interested in helping them. We cannot help them if we don’t know much about them, so the count provides a way to find out what is most needed.”

For more information or to register to be a volunteer, please visit or call the Office of Homeless Services at (909) 386-8297 or email

The OHS works to develop countywide public and private partnerships and to coordinate services and resources to end homelessness in San Bernardino County. Through this, OHS is helping to achieve the Countywide Vision by working to create a sustainable system of community health, public safety, and housing. Information on the Countywide Vision, OHS and the Department of Behavioral Health can be found at