Behavioral Health Director, Erik G. Riera
I have received a lot of questions about our response to COVID-19. I want to let you know that we remain open and available to serve you and your family. We will continue to provide mental health and substance use disorder services to our community. We have, however, made some changes to the way we deliver services:
We know these are difficult times. We know that this can be hard for everyone. Please reach out to us if you need help or support. If you are not yet connected to services, and need assistance, we are here to help as well. If we are not the right provider to work with you, we will point you in the right direction and help connect you with someone who can help.
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How to Receive
Mental Health Services
Como obtener servicios de Salud Mental
How to Receive
Substance Use Disorder (SUDS) Services
24-Hour Access Line
1400 Emeline Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA
1430 Freedom Blvd.
For hearing impaired clients: Dial 711
or send us an email
What to Do in Case of a Mental Health Emergency
Behavioral Health Crisis Services
Suicide Prevention Service
Resources for Traumatic Events or Disasters
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
The County of Santa Cruz is pleased to announce the launch of the South County Mobile Emergency Response Team for Youth (MERTY), providing community and field-based crisis intervention services to youth age 21 and younger.
Quality Management Plan FY21-22
Quality Improvement Work Plan Evaluation FY21-22
MHP Consumer Perception Survey 2021
DMC-ODS 2021 Consumer Survey: Adults Youth
External Quality Review (EQRO) Reports:
MHP EQRO FY21-22
DMC-ODS EQRO FY21-22
Culturally & Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Plan Update 2022-23 - The State of California requires each County Behavioral Health system to have a "Cultural Competence" plan.
MHSA Annual Three-Year Plan FY 2018-19
Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS)
A clinical assessment tool to facilitate the linkage between the assessment process and the design of individualized service plans including the application of evidence-based practices.