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Behavioral Health Services


Our behavioral health system, which includes mental health and substance abuse services, is fundamentally broken.  We continue to see homeless individuals throughout our community largely due to untreated mental health or substance use disorders. In response to this, Supervisor Fletcher has made addressing our behavioral health system his number one priority for his first term. He is seeking to implement structural changes in the way behavioral health is delivered. One of his first actions was to introduce policy to create a Behavioral Health Service Hub in his district. He is working alongside experts in the behavioral health field to develop a new vision, a new model with care coordination as a centerpiece to help people navigate to the right service at the right time to meet their needs and heal.

 


News: Behavioral Health

County Moves Forward With Plan for Behavioral Health Hubs

10/29/19

“It’s not just one new facility or another facility, it is a reimagining of the entire system,” said County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, who persuaded the county to proceed with a new multi-service hub in Hillcrest on a plot once eyed for condos.

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Board of Supervisors Votes to Partner with Health Systems on Central Region Behavioral Health Hub

10/29/19

The Board of Supervisors today voted to accept the feasibility report on the Central Behavioral Health Hub.

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Conservatorship is a tool, but we must continue with other efforts

10/29/19

Conservatorship is a tool, but we must continue with other efforts

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UC San Diego Health & Scripps Health Partner for Supervisor Fletcher's Regional Behavioral Health Hub

10/28/19

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher today announced the dilapidated County property at 4307 Third Avenue in Hillcrest has been deemed appropriate to build his vision for a Central Region Behavioral Health Hub and that UC San Diego Health and Scripps Health are working on a partnership agreement with the County of San Diego to jointly invest and provides services at the site.

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The County of San Diego is Evaluating Conservatorship

10/08/19

We must seriously scrutinize every viable option to help address the homeless epidemic in San Diego and throughout California.

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What San Diego County is doing to prevent suicide by first responders

09/17/19

More first responders lose their lives to suicide than in the line of duty. We’re doing something about it. Last week, our country remembered the first responders and innocent Americans who lost their lives during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America.

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Board Approves Free, Confidential Mental Health Services for First Responders

09/10/19

Excerpts from NBC 7 San Diego story: The County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to approve a program that would provide free and confidential mental health services to San Diego's first responders.

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County supervisors greenlight mental health program for first responders

09/10/19

Excerpts from San Diego Union-Tribune article: On Tuesday the San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously backed a proposal creating a new behavioral health program that will provide confidential mental health services to all first responders in the county, even if they are retired.

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Board Approves Tri-City Deal

09/10/19

This action to bring back mental health services at Tri-City hospital, that have been offline for almost a year, is a step in the right direction. However, we have a long way to go in order to ensure we build an integrated, coordinated and effective regional behavioral health system in San Diego.

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Supervisor Fletcher Announces Program to Help First Responders with Mental Health

09/09/19

To combat the statistic that more first responders die from suicide than in the line of duty, Supervisor Nathan Fletcher announced a new policy proposal today for a confidential, stigma-free program to help first responders who are going through a mental health crisis.

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County, Tri-City Medical Center Reach Deal to Reopen Critical Psychiatric Unit

08/28/19

Excerpts from Times of San Diego article: County officials and Tri-City Medical Center reached an agreement in principal Tuesday to reopen a psychiatric unit closed since last year.

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Statement: County Increases Investment in Behavioral Health

06/25/19

Today the County of San Diego increased its commitment to behavioral health primarily in north county.

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Statement: Supervisor Fletcher’s Reaction to Board’s Tri-City Vote

06/25/19

I will never waiver in pushing for solutions that meets our regional behavioral health needs.

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Editorial: Tri-City needs to make clear its plans on psychiatric care

06/20/19

Excerpts from the San Diego Union-Tribune: ...the first-term Democrat said the focus should be on Tri-City’s obstinate refusal to recognize its obligations as a public hospital, which is “having huge impacts across the county already.”

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Statement: Supervisor Fletcher’s Reaction to Tri-City’s Response Letter

06/19/19

Tri-City’s erratic response is disappointing, but not surprising. It is consistent with their year-long approach of repeated denials, delays, distractions and disinformation but not a plan to bring back their services that are critically needed by the residents of San Diego County.

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Leaders threaten state audit if Tri-City doesn’t provide plan to re-open psychiatric units

06/10/19

Excerpts from San Diego Union-Tribune article: A letter sent by two local leaders that demands Tri-City Medical Center come up with a plan to re-open its shuttered psychiatric units or face a possible state audit encountered immediate pushback Monday.

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Statement: We’ve been waiting, how much longer do we have to wait?

06/10/19

For over a year, Supervisor Gaspar has been more interested in standing with Donald Trump than solving our regional mental health problems. It’s time to get the in-patient beds back online.

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Statement: Supervisors Support Funding for Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Treatment

06/04/19

Today the Board of Supervisors voted to support the behavioral health needs of children, adults and seniors in San Diego County.

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Statement: Supervisor Fletcher Responds to Grand Jury Report on Psychiatric Services’ Needs

05/22/19

Behavioral Health is my highest priority and today’s Grand Jury report accurately identifies the need for greater commitment to our regional behavioral health system.

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San Diego County Supervisors OK Creation of Behavioral Health Facility

03/27/19

Excerpts from Times of San Diego article: The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to move forward with a plan to turn a dilapidated facility in the Hillcrest neighborhood into a behavioral health center.

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Statement: Board Supports Behavioral Health Hub at Hillcrest Site and Expands Scope

03/27/19

Today the board prioritized our public land and public resources for the greatest public good. The unanimous decision to use the Hillcrest site as a behavioral health hub — and the expansion of our initial proposal to find other locations throughout San Diego County will ensure we create a world class regional system of integrated behavioral healthcare

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Nathan Fletcher: Fletcher calls for about-face on plans for Hillcrest property

03/25/19

Excerpts from San Diego Union-Tribune article: On Wednesday, County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher will ask his colleagues to kill current plans to build condominiums on an out-of-the-way piece of government property in Hillcrest and instead build a new structure that could house much-needed behavioral health services.

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Supervisor Fletcher Pitches Plans for Regional Hub for Behavioral Health

03/25/19

Councilmember Chris Ward and UC San Diego Health Stand in Support of the Proposed Project Board of Supervisors to Consider Proposal Wednesday for Vacant, Dilapidated Property

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Statement: Supervisor Fletcher’s response to Mayor Faulconer Challenging County on Mental Health

01/15/19

The County is committed to aggressively addressing the mental health crisis in our region. I am encouraged the Mayor shares that same commitment. We are going to need the City to be partners as we come together as a region to make continued progress.

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