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Department of Health Services

Behavioral Health Division

Community Intervention Program

MHSA funds programs that provide outreach to disparate populations that have been historically underserved by mental health services in an effort to engage people from these populations into appropriate mental health services.

We focus on reaching, identifying, and engaging individuals and communities that are unserved or underserved by the mental health system, and reducing disparities.

The Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) community planning process prioritized the following populations for outreach and engagement:

  • People who are homeless
  • People with substance use disorders
  • Veterans
  • People who are Medi-Cal beneficiaries or indigent who have experienced a recent psychiatric hospitalization
  • Ethnic and cultural populations – in particular, Latinos
  • Individuals from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer, Questioning and Intersex (LGBTQQI) community
  • People who are geographically isolated

We conduct outreach activities where these populations congregate and/or already receive other services. Our staff is located in organizations that provide other services, and we provide funding to organizations that serve these populations so they can hire their own staff.

Our contractors include: 

  • Alliance Medical Center
  • Drug Abuse Alternatives Center (DAAC)
  • Petaluma People Services Center (Mary Isaak Center)
  • Sonoma County Indian Health Project
  • West County Health Centers

  Our outreach efforts include: 

  • Faith-based outreach
  • Targeted outreach
  • Work with law enforcement
  • Fairs and gatherings
  • Task forces and committees
  • Training and consultation
  • Urgent response

We work with Community Mental Health Centers to conduct outreach and engagement activities to identify adults who live in geographically isolated areas outside of Sonoma County’s service hub of Santa Rosa who may be in need of specialty mental health treatment.

Funded by the Mental Health Services Act

This program receives funding through the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63). MHSA funding provides a broad continuum of prevention, early intervention and services, and the necessary infrastructure, technology and training elements to effectively support our local mental health services system.

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