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Behavioral Wellness
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Adminstration & Support
Mental Health Inpatient Services
Quality Care Management
Mental Health Outpatient & Community
Alcohol & Drug Progams
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Mission Statement

Promote the prevention of and recovery from addiction and mental illness among individuals, families, and communities, by providing effective leadership and delivering state-of-the-art, integrated, accessible, and culturally competent services.

About the Department

The Department of Behavioral Wellness promotes the prevention of, and recovery from, addiction and mental illness among individuals, families and communities, by providing effective leadership and delivery of state of the art, culturally competent services. In FY 15-16, 9,747 individuals of all ages received specialty mental health services throughout three key age groups: Children, Transition Age Youth and Adults, and 4,500 people served were in our Alcohol and other Drug programs. A variety of tailored services are offered including inpatient, outpatient and crisis.


In June 2013, at the direction of the Board of Supervisors, a comprehensive “Systems Change” initiative began and remains active, using a continuous quality improvement (CQI) approach to address problems documented by the comprehensive reports.  The unprecedented Countywide “Systems Change” effort has focused on access to services, welcoming clients, increasing cultural competence, the integration of peer staff, improved services for children and individuals in crisis, and enhanced forensic services.  In February of 2016, resulting from System Change efforts, the name and identify of the department changed to Behavioral Wellness. The department continues to be guided by System Change recommendations and anticipates completing this process within the next two years.

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