Humboldt County Behavioral Health is here to support you.
Community Behavioral Health support for COVID
Professional staff are available if you are feeling anxious, worried, or depressed related to the current health crisis and need someone to talk to. It can be even more challenging with the direction to shelter in place, leaving people feeling socially isolated. Please reach out for support Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling 1-707-268-2999.
CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19
To ensure the health and safety of our consumers and staff, we are asking the public to follow CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19. If you are in need of Behavioral Health Services, please call for an appointment prior to coming to a clinic. For appointments call 1-707-268-2900 or 1-888-849-5728. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please use our 24-hour Crisis Line: 1-707-445-7715.
How to manage your mental health and cope during COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
The outbreak of infectious diseases such as the recent COVID-19 (Coronavirus) can be a stressful time for individuals and communities. It is not uncommon to feel anxious or worried while listening, reading or watching the news. While it's necessary to keep up-to-date and make changes to daily life in order to help control the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the constant news cycle coupled with social distancing measures can have a real impact on mental health. It's important during times like these to monitor your own physical and mental health, as well as safely stay connected to your community. Know the signs of stress and when and how to seek help for yourself, as well as loved ones. Here are a few resources, credible information sources, and self-care tools for our mental health and wellbeing.
Resources for Families, Parents & Caregivers:
- Child Mind Institute: Supporting Families during COVID-19
- Resource Guide for Families: Quality Matters Resource Guide - COVID-19
- Humboldt County Office of Education: COVID-19 Resources and Supports for Families
- National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children About COVID-19
- NPR: Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
- PBS: How to Talk to Your Kids about COVID-19 (tips, videos & resources)
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Guide for Parents and Families
Relevant and informative resources:
- CDC: Helping Children Cope with Emergencies
- SAMHSA: Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
- California Department of Public Health: Guidance Documents
- California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance. Covid-19 Resources for Undocumented Californians.
- Administration for Community Living: Adults with Disabilities and Seniors also In Spanish
Online or phone supports:
- SAMHSA's Disaster Distress Line: Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor
- 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
Emotional Support and Wellness:We know that human connection is one of the most critical protective factors for good mental health. But how can we stay in connection while still following medical guidance to limit your exposure to others? Community isn't just about proximity, it's first and foremost a mindset about who we consider to be “our own.” In the face of social distancing, remember that we all need one another - maybe more than ever - to get through difficult times like these. Staying emotionally connected as a community even if we temporarily become more physically isolated is critical to all our mental health. Learn more at Community Connections in Times of Physical Separation.
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
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.
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.
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.
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. .