Resources for Families
- Behavioral Health Services in Santa Barbara County English | Spanish
- A glossary of behavioral health, Medi-Cal and MHSA terms is here.
- Brochures, booklets and videos about mental illness, suicide prevention and substance abuse are available in English and Spanish here.
- Resources pertaining to cultural competence in behavioral health are here.
- Suicide awareness and prevention in English | Spanish
- Family advocates are active in all regions of the County. For North and Central County, contact Transitions-Mental Health Association, 540-6500. For South County, contact the Mental Wellness Center, (805) 884-8440.
- The Community Action Commission maintains the 2-1-1 Helpline and searchable online resource directory, the most comprehensive listing of health and social services and support groups in Santa Barbara County It may be searched by key word or city.
- A directory of resources for adults is maintained by Common Ground.
- WISE (Workforce Integration, Support and Education) helps employers in California's public mental health system recruit and retain consumer and family member staff.
- The Department of Behavioral Wellness Consumer and Family Member Advisory Committee meets monthly. To be placed on the e-mail mailing list, call (805) 681-5323. An application to serve as a voting member in English and Spanish is here.
- Meetings of the Santa Barbara County Behavioral Wellness Commission are also open to the public. For the current schedule, visit this page.
- A brochure introducing the Department of Behavioral Wellness systems change process is available in English and Spanish. More information about systems change is here.
- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a grassroots mental health advocacy organization working for awareness, support, education and advocacy. The South County chapter maintains a web page, as does the California statewide chapter. For information about NAMI activities in Santa Maria, call (805) 343-1541. Lompoc NAMI may be reached at (805) 737-5870.
- Families Act! is an advocacy group for persons with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders in Santa Barbara County, For more information call (805) 637-1339; info@FamiliesACT.org.
- The National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health sponsors research, evaluation, technical assistance and advocacy.