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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 14-15, 7,600 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 based on two commissioned reports from TriWest Group and Health Management Associates (HMA). “Systems Change” remains active within Behavioral Wellness and uses 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.  The most recent change resulting from Systems Change efforts is the name and identity change of the department, that occurred in February, 2016.

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