A Message from the Director and Resources

Dear San Bernardino County Family,

As we grapple with the current social climate, the outrage, the pain and the anger, San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health reminds everyone that whatever you are feeling is normal.

Race-related stress is a significantly more powerful risk factor for general psychological distress than all other traumatic life events. These volatile times in the midst of the COVID19 crisis is a further impact on distress. Here are some things to consider:

  1. Racism and discrimination have detrimental impacts to mental health.
  2. Research shows that having psychological resources has a direct effect on minimizing distress.
  3. Having positive social resources has a significant stress suppressing effect on race-related stress.
  4. The same tools we use to address trauma in general are effective for dealing with race-related stress.
  5. Do the research to help you understand causes for racial divides, from viewpoints that may differ from your own personal experiences.
  6. Combat racism in your personal life and speak up. Silence can be interpreted as support.

Additional resources for taking care of your behavioral health during this time are listed below

As always, thank you for all that you do every day for all of the people we serve and for each other! Remember that we are all in this together!

Veronica Kelley, DSW, LCSW




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For DBH Employees

July 6, 2020 UPDATE

DBH is required to comply with emergency cost tracking and reporting requirements set by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) in response to COVID-19. Following this updated guidance is a critical component to potential cost recovery.


Effective immediately, employees are required to identify labor hours related to responding to each respective Alternative Care Site (ACS) or Non-Congregate Sheltering Sites (NCS) using the applicable code combinations. Use both the GLOBAL and LOCATION field when coding time into EMACS:

Click here for quick codes reference guide.


For other COVID Response related activities please use the following applicable codes

For those providing services through the CAPS program for food prep and delivery, please use the codes below:

Global Code: 1010

Location Code: CAPS

NOTE: This code is only to be used for food delivery and prep that is not related to ACS or NCS site. Time spent for food prep and delivery to those sites will required coding per the instructions provided.


Step 1 – User Preferences – Turn on the ‘Global’ flag in user preferences to display the Global field on your eTime entry page and save.

Path: Self Service > eTime Reporting > eTime User Preferences

Step 2 –  When submitting time for approval, use ‘Global’ codes in conjunction with TRC codes:

Path: Self Service > eTime Reporting > eTime Entry


The FFCRA provides County employees emergency paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.

As DBH is classified as a Health Care Provider/Emergency Responder and are only eligible for Emergency Paid Sick Leave (ESPL) if they meet one of the following conditions:

(2) You have been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine related to COVID-19 or

(3) You are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough and/or shortness of breath – subject to change by the CDC) AND you are seeking a medical diagnosis.

An employee statement may be requested for EPSL, pursuant to federal guidelines. All requests for proof shall be made in compliance with the Labor Code and other law. Below are EPSL documentation guidelines for qualifying conditions No. 2 and 3:

A note from a health care provider excusing the employee from work due to concerns related to COVID-19.

For more questions on the FFCRA, visit https://cms.sbcounty.gov/Portals/54/Documents/Benefits/Wellness/HR%20Guidance%20for%20Managers%20and%20Employees_4.2.2020.pdf.



For questions contact, DBH HR/Payroll at DBH-HR@dbh.sbcounty.gov or (909) 388-0900

May is Mental Health Month!

Draft MHSA Three Year Integrated Plan FY 20 – 23

Draft MHSA Three Year Integrated Plan FY 20 – 23

Behavioral Health Seeks Public Input on Three-Year Plan

San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) invites community members to review and comment on the draft Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Three-Year Integrated Plan, fiscal years 2020 through 2023.

The draft plan is a comprehensive report that illustrates the impact made by DBH and its contracted partners in addressing the behavioral health needs of San Bernardino County and the proposed changes to MHSA programing in the upcoming fiscal years.

View and comment on the draft plan by visiting www.sbcounty.gov/dbh now until March 24.

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

“The draft plan highlights DBH’s on going efforts towards expanding services to children, people in crisis, and people experiencing homelessness,” said DBH Director Veronica Kelley. “Community feedback on the plan supports DBH in its development of services inclusive of the diverse voices of clients, family members, and other behavioral health stakeholders.”

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

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.

Media Contact:

Aimara Freeman, DBH Public Relations Manager, (909) 386-9720.

Para obtener más información, oprima aquí.

Emergency Mental Health Services during the County Holiday

MHSA Stakeholder Engagement Meetings

Please join the Department of Behavioral Health for a Mental Health Services Act Stakeholder Engagement!
For more information please click here

Behavioral Health seeks feedback on innovative projects

The San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) invites community members to review and provide feedback on the draft 2019 Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Innovation Plan, which includes creative, time-limited, test projects focused on eating-disorder prevention and treatment, art, and service­ delivery improvement. Projects with successful outcomes may become permanent programs.

The Eating Disorder Collaborative project seeks to develop a partnership between behavioral health professionals and primary healthcare providers, including community health centers and college health clinics, in an effort to educate staff on how to recognize and access services for a person living with an eating disorder and where to refer for treatment.

The Cracked Eggs project is a therapeutic art workshop series that uses art, in conjunction with peerfacilitators and behavioral health professionals, to express and manage mental health symptoms.

The Full Service Partnership project, developed in collaboration with Fresno, Marin, Ventura, Siskiyou, and Sacramento counties, seeks to create a consistent behavioral health care service experience across the state and implement measurable goals to improve care.

“MHSA funded innovation projects allow our department to discover and test new methods of delivering behavioral health care,” said DBH Director Veronica Kelley. “This funding, along with feedback received from our community members, helps DBH provide services responsive to the unique needs of our county.”

The plan and comment forms are available for review at www.sbcounty.gov/dbh during the public posting of this plan from Nov. 27 through Dec. 26. For a printed copy of the plan and/or comment forms, alternative formats, or for questions and/or to submit comments by phone, call (800) 722-9866 or dial7-1-1 forTIY users.

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Media Contact:
Aimara Freeman, DBH Public Relations Manager, (909) 386-9720.

Emergency Mental Health Services during the County Holiday