Behavioral Health Services Overview

Behavioral Health Services (BHS) provides a continuum of mental health, alcohol and other drug services to over 111,000 San Diego County residents of all ages achieving national recognition as a leader in mental health stigma reduction and substance abuse prevention.

Services are coordinated by systems of care, such as Adult and Older Adult, and Children, Youth and Families, and are provided directly through County operated facilities, and over 300 contracts with community partners and 800 individual fee-for-service providers. In addition, BHS also provides Inpatient Health Services at Edgemoor Distinct Part Skilled Nursing Facility and the San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital.

Live Well San Diego

BHS embraces the Live Well San Diego vision to promote healthy, safe and thriving communities by collaborating closely with community leaders to develop and refine major initiatives, including service integration with primary care, development of a trauma informed system and stigma elimination programs. In addition, clients experiencing co-occurring mental illness and addiction issues benefit from integrated prevention and treatment services that focus on the whole person while emphasizing wellness and recovery.

BHS Statistics and Funding

  • Total SD County Population: Over 3 million
  • Total Medi-Cal Population: 800,000
  • Total BHS Employees: 789
  • Total BHS Budget: $441,600,000
  • Provide services to over 111,000 clients annually through:
    • 11 county operated programs (includes inpatient);
    • 300 contracted programs; and,
    • 800 Individual Fee for Service Providers

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