Humboldt County Behavioral Health is here to support you.
Behavioral Health programs and services
Behavioral Health programs and services are committed to the principles of recovery, wellness, and discovery, which states that every client has the ability to:
- Determine their own treatment course
- Define what "purposeful activity" means to them
- Determine how and in what way they wish to advance their own independence
- Develop the interest and skills to determine how best to advantage "failure"
- Develop their own defined family network
- Advance their abilities in developing strong and lasting relationships of their choice.
If you are experiencing a psychiatric emergency, help is available 24 hours a day.
Programs and services that promote behavioral health and wellness for adults including therapy, case management and medication support.
Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT), also known as Laura's Law (AB1421 and WIC 5345), is a program designed to provide treatment for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness who require support to prevent substantial deterioration of their condition, and who may pose a risk to themselves and/or others.
The Humboldt County Behavioral Health Board meets monthly to discuss and evaluate the community’s behavioral health needs and priorities.
Mental Health Quality Improvement monitors services that are provided throughout Humboldt County’s Mental Health Plan—including contracted providers—to ensure that state contracts and state and federal regulations are met.
The Children and Family Services Program provides assessment, therapy, case management, psychological services, and medication services.
Gather information about the services and functions of the Community Corrections Resource Center.
Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission SB 82 Triage personnel grants are making it possible for Mental Health to expand its services to people across the county. Services include Mobile Response Teams that provide mental health services to children and adults in the field. Mental health services are also available to children in public schools countywide.
Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) is an outpatient program that provides crisis intervention and stabilization services to individuals in need of immediate crisis services.
The Hope Center is a safe, positive environment where clients learn to live the best life possible - personally, socially, mentally and emotionally. It is a place to relax, create, socialize, play games, learn new skills and maximize your potential.
The Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) provides funding to counties to expand and develop innovative and integrated mental health services for children, youth, adults, and older adults.
The Mobile Response Team is a field-based crisis response team that engages in proactive case management, peer support and clinical care before, during and after a mental health crisis.
Patients' Rights Advocacy Services ensures the rights of mental health consumers are known and observed.
Sempervirens (SV) offers a locked facility for clients who have serious and persistent mental illness and need acute psychiatric care.
Our Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment Services assist individuals who are experiencing substance use problems that are impacting their physical health, interpersonal relationships or causing employment or legal issues.
Eligibility for Services
Humboldt County Behavioral Health (BH) contracts with the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to provide specialty mental health services (or SMHS) for Humboldt County residents with Medi-Cal. DHCS defines the criteria needed to access SMHS as well as what types of services would be considered medically necessary. BH screens all people who request services for these eligibility criteria to determine if we are the best fit to serve their needs or if a referral to another provider would be more appropriate.
Adults: For those aged 21 and older to be eligible for services, a person must have the need for SMHS as indicated by a significant impairment (as defined as distress, disability, or dysfunction in a significant area of life functioning, such as family, school, work or community) or a reasonable probability of significant deterioration in an important area of life functioning due to a diagnosed or suspected mental health disorder. The individual must experience a diagnosed or suspected mental health disorder. Specialty mental health services are considered medically necessary for adults when it is reasonable and necessary to protect life, to prevent significant illness or significant disability or to alleviate severe pain.
Children and Youth: For those aged 20 and younger to be eligible for services, a person must have the need for SMHS as indicated by experience of a significant impairment, a reasonable probability of significant deterioration in an important area of life functioning, a reasonable probability of not progressing developmentally as appropriate or a need for the service all of which must be due to a diagnosed or suspected mental health disorder or significant trauma. A youth may also be eligible if they have experience of trauma, involvement in the child welfare system, juvenile justice involvement or are experiencing homelessness. SMHS are considered medically necessary for youth and children when they seek to correct or make better a mental illness or condition which may be discovered by a screening service, are curative or restorative and are able to sustain, support, improve or make more tolerable a mental health condition.
Some of the symptoms that may qualify a person for SMHS include, but are not limited to, severely depressed mood, suicide attempts, self-harm, psychiatric hospitalizations, hallucinations, inability to work or go to school, difficulty maintaining housing and/or an inability to meet daily needs for long periods of time.
Evidence Based Practices (EBP) are used to ensure the best treatment outcomes.
Online or phone supports:
- Teen Line: Call 1-310-855-HOPE or 1-800-TLC-TEEN (nationwide toll-free) from 6pm to 10pm PST or Text "TEEN" to 839863 between 6:00pm-9:00pm PST to receive person teen-to-teen education and support.
- The Peer-Run Warm Line: Call 1-855-845-7415 for peer-run non-emergency emotional support.
- Suicide Prevention Services: Lifeline (24/7) Call 1-877-663-5433
- North Coast Rape Crisis Team: (24/7) Call 1-707-445-2881
- Humboldt Domestic Violence Services: (24/7) Call 1-707-443-6042 or Toll-Free 1-866-668-6543
Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga:
- Mindfulness Meditation for Feeling Safe - Rick Hanson
- 5 Minute Mindfulness Meditation - Diana Winston
- Weekly Meditations with Dr. Rick Hanson
- UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Center Guided Meditations
- Mindfulness Resources
- Down Dog Yoga app - free through April 1st for public and through July 1st for educators and students
As a National Health Service Corps site, we promise to:
• Serve all patients
• Offer discounted fees for patients who qualify
• Not deny services based on a person’s:
- National origin
- Gender identity
- Sexual orientation
- Inability to pay.
• Accept insurance, including:
- Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
This facility is a member of the National Health Service Corps: NHSC.hrsa.gov Opens a New Window. .
24-hour Crisis Line
Toll-Free Crisis Line
24-hour Substance Use Disorder Access Line
TTY: 1-800-735-2929 or 711
Humboldt County Programs for Recovery