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Behavioral Health Services (BHS) provides a continuum of mental health, alcohol and other drug services to approximately 73,000 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.

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.

  • 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 73,000 clients annually through:
    • 11 county operated programs (includes inpatient);
    • 300 contracted programs; and,
    • 800 Individual Fee for Service Providers

Across the nation, May is known as Mental Health Month. Many local and nationwide jurisdictions publish proclamations and host events in recognition of the importance of mental health to support overall health and well-being.

Again this year, the County of San Diego, together with our many mental health providers, will celebrate May is Mental Health Month. Many activities will be held to raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and bring hope and healing to the community.

Kicking off the month is the NAMI Walks San Diego/HHSA Wellness Expo. Other activities include: Mental Health First Aid for First Responders, A-Visions, Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, SDCC Gala, High 5 at Petco Park, Directing Change Screening, The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw, Faith Breakfast, Walk for Recovery, Behavioral Health Resource Fair, Transparent People, Healthy Minds Luncheon and Behavioral Health Recognition Dinner.

For the most updated calendar with links to event flyers, please visit the BHS Website and scroll down to May is Mental Health Month section.


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