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Building a Better Way for Behavioral Health Services

The Behavioral Health System in San Diego is broken. The services available are fragmented and not easily accessible. People with Behavioral Health struggles are ending up on the streets. We are seeing this in communities across our region every day. People are not getting the help they need. San Diego’s Behavioral Health System must be rebuilt. We’re Building a Better Way to provide Behavioral Health Services.

Our vision is to improve the well-being of people coping with behavioral health issues using patient-centered care services.

Patient-centered care directs more attention to the long-term needs of patients, enhances community level services, and creates less reliance on the reactive, crisis-focused care services. Patient-centered care is a better way to provide behavioral health treatment.

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News: Behavioral Health: Building a Better Way

All Local Law Enforcement Agencies to Refer Calls to County Mobile Crisis Response Teams

05/13/22

County behavioral health officials, law enforcement representatives and community partners today announced all of the region’s 911 dispatchers have signed on to a memorandum of understanding to refer certain mental health calls to the County’s Mobile Crisis Response Teams.

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1,200+ PEOPLE HAVE BEEN HELPED BY MOBILE CRISIS RESPONSE TEAMS SO FAR

05/12/22

All 11 law enforcement agencies in the San Diego County region now will refer mental health crisis calls that come into 911 to a County-sponsored Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT).

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All County law enforcement now able to refer to Mobile Crisis Response Team

05/12/22

All 11 law enforcement agencies in the San Diego County region will now be able to refer mental health crisis calls that come into 911 to a county-sponsored Mobile Crisis Response Team, it was announced Thursday.

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All County Law Enforcement Now Able to Refer to Mobile Crisis Response Teams

05/12/22

All 11 law enforcement agencies in the San Diego County region will now be able to refer mental health crisis calls that come into 911 to a county-sponsored Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT), it was announced Thursday.

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MOBILE PHARMACY VANS BILL MOVE TO NEXT STEPS IN PROCESS

04/04/22

Legislation advanced today from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that would authorize the creation of mobile pharmacy vans to bring medication and counseling to California’s hard-to-reach communities, improving health for homeless people and many others who have inadequate access to care.

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Fletcher Pledges Action on Big County Challenges

03/30/22

Nathan Fletcher, chair of the county Board of Supervisors, on Tuesday urged San Diegans to come together to attack the region’s foremost challenges during the county’s big annual speech.

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SD Workforce Partnership Receives $400,000 Grant for Healthcare Pilot Programs

03/07/22

The JPMorgan Chase Foundation awarded the San Diego Workforce Partnership a $400,000 grant to pilot programs that “provide underrepresented and low-income workers with support in launching meaningful careers in the healthcare industry,” it was announced Monday.

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Opinion: Mental illness gets focus it needs with proactive San Diego County program, state proposal

03/04/22

The problems and perils of expecting law enforcement officers to be society’s point persons for people with mental illness have long been obvious. The Treatment Advocacy Center’s research showed that those with untreated mental illness were 16 times more likely to be killed during a police encounter than other civilians.

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CHAIR NATHAN FLETCHER SUPPORTS THE GOVERNOR’S CARE COURT

03/03/22

Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s California CARE Court Plan, issued the following statement:

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No guns, no badges, no sirens. County reimagines response to mental health calls

02/27/22

A man in the throes of a panic attack called 911 from his Chula Vista apartment on a recent morning. It’s the kind of call police officers would usually go to. Instead, the Chula Vista Police Department forwarded the call to Lauren Muecke, who works for the county’s Mobile Crisis Response Teams.

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San Diego County rolls out mental health crisis team

02/16/22

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 US adults experience mental illness and 1 in 20 experience serious mental illness. It's not a new problem but San Diego County may have a new solution to help.

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County opens new Youth Transition Campus

01/28/22

A new Youth Transition Campus designed to be more homelike than a traditional detention facility is now open, the county announced Friday.

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Sen. Dodd Introduces Mobile Pharmacy Van Bill

01/24/22

Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, introduced legislation today that would authorize the creation of mobile pharmacy vans to bring medication and counseling to California’s hard-to-reach communities, improving health for homeless people and many others who have inadequate access to care.

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CVPD partners with county mental health teams that responds to emergencies

12/29/21

The Chula Vista Police Department partnered with county behavioral health teams that may respond to non-violent mental health and substance use emergencies instead of law enforcement, when appropriate.

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More shelters, services, outreach for homeless expected in 2022

12/26/21

Efforts to get homeless people off the street and into shelters, housing and programs are expected to increase in the new year as more cities throughout the county are taking actions to address the issue.

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3 YEAR IMPACT REPORT RELEASED BY SUPERVISOR NATHAN FLETCHER’S OFFICE

12/21/21

Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, has released an interactive, multimedia “3 Year Impact Report” to highlight some of the progress that has taken place at the County since January 2019 when he began representing San Diego County’s 4th Supervisorial District.

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County, homeless service providers ramping up staffing for outreach workers

12/17/21

Homelessness is not just in the city of San Diego. Other communities are grappling with how to house the unsheltered, and the county is stepping in to help.

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Mayor Gloria, Chair Fletcher Launch Shelter for Homeless Residents with Behavioral Health Needs

12/15/21

Continuing their collaborative partnership to meet the broad needs of San Diego residents experiencing homelessness, Mayor Todd Gloria and County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher today announced the opening of the new Community Harm Reduction Team (C-HRT) facility for unsheltered residents who struggle with substance abuse and often co-occurring mental illness.

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Shelter for homeless people with addictions, mental health issues nears opening

12/15/21

Aiming to help one of the most challenging homeless populations on the street, officials from the city and county of San Diego on Wednesday gave a preview of a soon-to-open shelter that will serve people with addiction and mental health issues.

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268 SAN DIEGANS HAVE BEEN HELPED BECAUSE OF MOBILE CRISIS RESPONSE TEAMS

12/07/21

The countywide Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) initiative launched several months ago has already responded to 268 calls (as of Nov. 29, 2021) for service with 30% transported to Crisis Stabilization Units and 45% connected to community services. Thirty-four percent of the people the MCRTs helped were experiencing homelessness.

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Supervisors Expand Mobile Crisis Teams to Treat Mental Health and Dug Abuse

12/07/21

San Diego County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to expand the countywide Mobile Crisis Response Team initiative as an alternative to treat people with mental health or substance abuse issues.

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CHAIR FLETCHER & SUPERVISORS TAKE STEPS TO PROVIDE MORE OPIOID TREATMENT SERVICES

12/07/21

Chair Nathan Fletcher and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 5 to 0 today to move forward several harm reduction drug treatment projects being undertaken by the County’s Behavioral Health Services. Earlier this year, Chair Fletcher won the support of his colleagues to give the Behavioral Health Services team more authority to implement industry best practices to help San Diegans manage their addiction to opioids and other debilitating substances.

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Mental health teams that respond to emergencies in lieu of police will soon be available countywide

12/07/21

Behavioral health teams that can respond to mental health and substance use emergencies instead of police will be available to all county residents starting Wednesday, officials announced.

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County Focuses More Attention on Mental Health

11/28/21

For the first time, San Diego County is poised to dispatch mobile teams of mental health professionals dedicated to responding to people in crisis instead of sending police officers and sheriff’s deputies.

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New Crisis Stabilization Unit will Open in Oceanside: A Better Way for Behavioral Health

11/08/21

Crisis Stabilization Units (CSU) being built throughout San Diego County are a better way to provide behavioral health access. Starting later this year, the County of San Diego will open a new CSU in Oceanside.

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