Mission Statement To provide the residents of Fresno County with superior mental health and alcohol and other drugs services in terms of quality, timeliness and value in order to improve the region’s quality of life.
The Department of Behavioral Health provides mental health and substance abuse services to adults within the County of Fresno. The programs within our department focus on delivering the highest quality of service. There are over 300 professionals and staff dedicated to providing services in both metropolitan and rural areas. The diversity of our staff has helped us create a department that is sensitive to cultural differences and attempts to bridge the language barriers with our consumers.
Case Management Teams provide comprehensive, culturally & linguistically appropriate outpatient and community-based specialty mental health services to transition age youth, adults age 18 and older, & older adults age 60 and older that meet medical necessity. Services include assessments, clinical and rehabilitative services, case management, peer support and medication services within a wellness and recovery model.
These programs are open 24 hours, seven days per week to Fresno County residents needing crisis mental health services, including crisis assessment, stabilization and inpatient services.
Managed Care oversees the mental health services for Fresno County's Medi-Cal beneficiaries who receive services from private providers. Managed Care has contracts with about 142 private providers in Fresno County for mental health services for both youth and adult consumers. Managed Care is a division of the Department of Behavioral Health.
To promote wellness through supported employment and education in a welcoming, accessible, recovery oriented system where people with serious mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders can achieve hope, healing and a meaningful life within their community.
Substance Abuse Services
The Department of Behavioral Health (DBH), Substance Abuse Services (SAS) Division is charged with the planning, development, and administration of a countywide substance abuse prevention and treatment system. The SAS Division’s mission is to support appropriate education, prevention, and treatment services to reduce or eliminate alcohol and other drug (AOD) - related barriers to ongoing health, well-being, and economic independence of individuals and families.
The Asian Pacific Program (API) has provided culturally appropriate psychiatric and case management services to Hmong, Cambodian, Laotian, Mien, Vietnamese, and other Asian American residents of Fresno County since 1988.
The emphasis is on services provided by staff that represent the range of ethnic backgrounds and/or is culturally attuned to the differences and similarities between these groups and the society at large. Services are provided in the language of the consumers at no cost. In addition to the office, services are provided in the community and the home.
The majority of consumers are refugees suffering from war trauma and the complications of acculturating into a society vastly different from their own.
Background: The passage of Proposition 63 (now known as the Mental Health Services Act or MHSA) in November 2004, provides the first opportunity in many years for the California Department of Mental Health (DMH) to provide increased funding, personnel and other resources to support county mental health programs and monitor progress toward statewide goals for children, transition age youth, adults, older adults and families. The Act addresses a broad continuum of prevention, early intervention and service needs and the necessary infrastructure, technology and training elements that will effectively support this system.
The ultimate goal of he API is to maximize the potential of each individual by emphasizing personal strengths and individual recovery journey of healing, reducing barriers, enhancing adaptation skills, increasing meaningful activities, fostering hope and empowerment, enhancing personal responsibility, engaging in supportive relationships and values roles, reducing symptoms and developing broad based community awareness.
Family involvement is continuing goal. The Asian Pacific Islander cultures are highly family centered. The program works to involve family in services whenever possible. Due to the effects of their illness, many consumers are alienated from their families, resulting in an increase in psychiatric symptoms, maladaptive behaviors, low-self esteem, decrease functioning, social isolation, and hopelessness. Staff attempt to involve family in treatment and to re-involve consumers in the life of their families and their communities.