Behavioral Health

About Behavioral Health

An estimated 7.5 million people in California experience a mental health disorder in any given year, but only one-third of adults who experience mental illness are getting treatment. The caregivers at hospitals know the obstacles people with behavioral health conditions face and the challenges in getting them the treatment they need.

While hospitals embrace the essential role they play in addressing this crisis, more needs to be done. Investments are needed to tackle a crisis made even worse by COVID-19. California must prioritize behavioral health investments in prevention, early assessment, identification of needs, and aggressive treatment for all, regardless of health coverage or ZIP code.

In addition, solutions like payment reform, resource allocation, more outpatient and community-based services, a bolstered behavioral health workforce, and a statewide set of standardized core services will help Californians with behavioral health conditions access the care they deserve.

This point-in-time analysis was conducted in 2017-2018 to gain a deeper understanding of the behavioral health challenges faced by San Diego patients. Issues examined included pre-acute, acute, and post-acute services and the impact of social determinants of health on access and outcomes. Ultimately, the findings are intended to support further research efforts and to promote collaboration between San Diego County Behavioral Health Services and other community organizations providing behavioral health services in San Diego.

HASDIC 2018 Behavioral Health Analysis

5 Things To Know: Certified Wellness Coach Scholarship

New Certified Wellness Coach Scholarship Program: The Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) launched the Certified Wellness Coach profession earlier this year in its ongoing commitment to expand and enhance behavioral health services for youth. This role is designed to deliver comprehensive prevention and early intervention services, promoting the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of young people. 

5 Things To Know: San Diego County Releases Budget

San Diego County Releases 2024-26 Budget: San Diego County released its recommended 2024-26 budget on May 2, which maintains current services and funds new ones, uses data and community input gathered throughout the year, and considers equity for vulnerable populations. The budget also includes $1.1 billion in investments for behavioral health services.  

5 Things To Know: Equity In Behavioral Health

SAMHSA To Host Equity In Behavioral Health Webinar: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will host a webinar on May 22 at noon (PT) to discuss how its African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence is addressing inequities at the intersection of behavioral health and justice systems. To register, visit the event web page. (A Microsoft-based email is required because the webinar is offered on the Teams platform.)  

5 Things To Know: CARE Act Update

SAN DIEGO COUNTY CARE ACT UPDATE: The Community Assistance, Recovery, and Empowerment (CARE) Act program began on Oct. 1, 2023, in San Diego County, one of seven pilot counties in the state. The CARE Act created a new pathway to deliver mental health and substance use services to individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders but who are not engaged in treatment. To date, San Diego County has received 106 referrals, and 34 have become actively enrolled and engaged clients.  

5 Things To Know: Naloxone Distribution Project | EMS Forum | Virtual Connection Hub | Substance Use Disorder Webinar | HCAI Loan Repayment Program

FREE FENTANYL TEST STRIPS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE NALOXONE DISTRIBUTION PROJECT: The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is expanding the Naloxone Distribution Project (NDP) to include fentanyl test strips, which can be obtained by eligible organizations statewide. FTS are used to detect the presence of fentanyl in drug samples prior to ingestion. NDP applicants will […]

5 Things To Know: Impact Wellbeing Guide | Population Health Monitoring Presentation | CHA Tagline Translations | HCAI Portal | California University Receives $20M

CDC RELEASES HEALTH CARE WORKER IMPACT WELLBEING GUIDE : The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health released the Impact Wellbeing Guide: Taking Action to Improve Healthcare Worker Wellbeing. This guide is the newest addition to the Impact Wellbeing campaign launched in October 2023 and provides a step-by-step process […]

5 Things To Know: Opioid Pilot Project | North County Shelter | April NAMIWalks | Blue Envelope Program | Rural Health Care Symposium

SAN DIEGO COUNTY LAUNCHES PROGRAM TO REDUCE OPIOID MISUSE: San Diego County has launched a pilot project to reduce access to, and misuse of, prescription opioids by encouraging safe disposal. Through the program, which will primarily focus on east and central areas where overdose death rates are highest, both health care providers and patients who […]

5 Things To Know: San Diego County Survey | San Diego APOT Collaboration | HASD&IC Crisis Stabilization Units | San Diego County Guide and Matrix | MAT Access Points Project

HELP THE COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO SET BUDGET PRIORITIES: San Diego County is seeking broad, diverse input on its priorities through a short survey to inform the county’s upcoming 2024-26 budget and operational planning process. Key stakeholders are invited to complete the survey on the Engage San Diego County website by March 17.   For more […]

5 Things To Know: Study Finds CA Bridge Program is Highly Effective, Funding to Continue; San Diego TB Prevention Education and Community Engagement Summit; San Diego Workforce Partnerships Substance Use Counselor Program; DHCS Publishes Quality Ratings for Managed Care Plans and County Behavioral Health Plans; Medicare Coverage for Behavioral Health Expanded

STUDY FINDS CA BRIDGE PROGRAM IS HIGHLY EFFECTIVE, FUNDING TO CONTINUE: JAMA Network recently published a study highlighting the impact of the CA Bridge Program on opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment in emergency departments (EDs). The study found that 86% of OUD patients received buprenorphine in participating hospitals, with 50% continuing treatment 30 days after […]

5 Things To Know: San Diego City Council Declares Behavioral Health Bed Crisis, County of San Diego Emergency Medical Services, San Diego County Releases Draft APOT Policy, CDPH Releases New AFL on Covid-19 Vaccinations,CHA Releases FAQs on Implementing AB 1882 Requirements

SAN DIEGO CITY COUNCIL DECLARES BEHAVIORAL HEALTH BED CRISIS: On Dec. 5, the San Diego City Council declared a behavioral health crisis due to the lack of available behavioral health beds in the city. A recent survey of hospital members found that on any given day in the HASD&IC region, about 50 patients who are […]