Mental Health Services

Click on Counseling and Crisis page for those resources
See also: Psychologists and Family Therapists

Advocacy Inc.
‘Works to protect the rights of facility-placed seniors, disabled persons and individuals with mental health needs through advocacy, education and intervention’ in San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties.

California State Services

California Alliance for Child and Family Services
Provides state-wide directory by county, with services for adoptive, foster, and other families, who are dealing with special issues.  Programs include categories of adoption agency, foster family agency, mental health services, residential care, emergency shelter, and transition age youth services; search by category and/or county.

Search here for Mental Health intensive, residential, or day programs available to Santa Cruz County youth residents.

California Department of Education – Mental Health Services for Special Education Students

AB 114 Special Education Transition Information
With the passage of AB 114, it is clear that school districts are now solely responsible for ensuring that students with disabilities receive special education and related services, including some services previously arranged for or provided by county mental health agencies.

Mental Health Services – Fequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions about services previously provided through County Mental Health Agencies for students with Individualized Education Programs.

Residential Care for Students with Disabilities:
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) authorizes residential care for students with disabilities in Section 300.104 of Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR):If placement in a public or private residential program is necessary to provide special education and related services to a child with a disability, the program, including non-medical care and room and board, must be at no cost to the parents of the child.

California Department of Mental Health

Community Connection (of the Volunteer Center)
300 Harvey West, Boulevard, Santa Cruz, CA
“Assisst and supports adults with psychiatric disabilities and their families by providing access to a variety of person-centered, strength based programs that include pre-employment, employment, education, community integration and peer support services for individuals and families.

Family Partnership Program
Provides peer support, education, referrals and grants for respite care to parents and caregivers of children and youth who receive mental health services through the Santa Cruz County Children’s Mental Health System of Care.  To receive Family Partnership services, families must have a child under age 18 (or under age 21 if still in school.)

Mariposa Wellness Center
10 Carr Steet, Watsonville, CA
“Provides outpatient services to mental health consumers who live independently, without intensive case management.  The program represents a “step-down” from coordinated care, offering classes, groups and activities designed to promote recovery, healthy lifestyles and vocational choices, including employment and education.”

NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill)
National organization providing ‘grass roots’  support system to families of children and adults, as well as those diagnosed with mental health conditions, including schizoaffective disorder, bi-polar disorder, severe depression, anxiety and panic disorders, obssesive-compulsive disorder, and other related conditions.

NAMI’s List of Mental Health Disabilities
Click on each disability for specific information, causes, treatment, resources, etc.

Santa Cruz County NAMI
(831) 427-8020 or (831) 688-3385

Rebekah Children’s Services
Main Office 290 IOO F Avenue, Gilroy, CA 95020
Campbell Satellite Office 1600 W. Campbell Avenue, Suite 201, Campbell, CA 9500
Provides foster care placement and support services, parent support, prevention and early specific needs of the child and family. Services include outpatient therapy and education to the community, mentoring, and community based services for children with severe emotional, mental, or behavioral issues. Other programs include residential care, a special education school for emotionally disturbed children in several counties.

Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency – Mental Health
Access for Mental Health Services – How to Receive Mental Health Services
*Santa Cruz: 831-454-4900 *Watsonville: 831-763-8990

Access Line for Crisis Referral and Help (or to make a referral for a child)
Need crisis services? click here for more information
(800) 952-2335 or (831) 454-4900 1400 Emeline Ave., Santa Cruz, CA
or (831) 763-899 1430 Freedom Blvd., Watsonville, CA

Adult Mental Health Services

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Community Programs

School Treatment Programs – Santa Cruz County

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Other Mental Health Resources Websites

Santa Cruz Public Library Community Information Database – Youth Mental Health
Click here

United States Government

Mental Health Parity Act Fact Sheet
Important information regarding insurance and coverage of mental health conditions.