Patients Rights Advocate - SmithWaters Group | 1-800-970-5816
Local Behavioral Health Board Meeting
Monday 10/3/2022, 12/5/2022, 2/6/2023, 4/3/2023, and 6/5/2023 at 12:00 pm, held in Multipurpose Room 1&2 at 880 Northcrest Dr., and via Zoom web conference
Call in phone number: 1-669-900-6833
Meeting ID: 883 9507 7433
Welcome to the Behavioral Health Branch!
We welcome you to County of Del Norte Department of Health and Human Services Behavioral Health Branch (DHHS, BHB) and to the Medi-Cal Mental Health Plan. In January, 2019 we integrated our Alcohol and Other Drugs and Mental Health Branches into one Behavioral Health Branch. We provide specialty mental health services as well as substance use disorder treatment for people who live in Del Norte County, including those who are eligible for Medi-Cal.
As your behavioral health services plan, we have specific goals. These are to:
As the participant, you also have specific responsibilities. These are to:
We will help you to write an individualized treatment plan. A team of experts will review your plan to determine if you need services. Your multi-disciplinary team may include:
How much do I have to pay?
Fees at DHHS, BHB are figured according to income on a sliding scale. You may ask about charges by calling the branch at 707-464-7224 during regular office hours. Medi-Cal and other insurance coverage is accepted.
Can I pick my provider?
You may inform the staff person completing your first assessment that you would like to choose your provider. After you begin receiving services, you may tell the person assigned to you that you would like to change to another service provider. Your choice of service provider can include providers who meet your language or cultural needs. Whenever possible, your request will be filled. Interpreters who speak the language you prefer can help you with this process. You may pick up a list of our providers from the Behavioral Health lobby.
Are clients’ rights taken into consideration?
Most definitely yes! The DHHS, BHB staff is committed to the preservation of your client rights. Some basic rights include the right to:
The following services are available in English and Spanish for Older Adults, Adults, and Youth/Children. Other language resources are available as needed (including Hmong) and will be provided for free.
A fast response service enabling you to cope with a crisis and remain in the community
An assessment of your current emotional, behavioral, and mental status
A face-to-face meeting with a psychiatrist (M.D.) or licensed nurse to determine the benefit of prescribing medication to alleviate symptoms of mental illness
Individual, family and group counseling; meetings with teachers. The EPSDT (Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment) services are available for people who have Medi-Cal.
If required, inpatient acute psychiatric hospital services through a number of providers under contract
Mental Health Services
Individual, family, or group counseling
Assistance provided to promote access to needed medical, educational, social, pre-vocational, vocational, rehabilitative, and other community services
Information and Referral
Recommendations, information, and assistance to help you use services that may be valuable to you
Therapeutic Behavioral Services (TBS)
For children with Medi-Cal who have serious emotional problems and need intense one-to-one help, up to 24 hrs a day, to prevent removal to more restrictive living situations
Additional Programs and Services Available
Substance Use Disorder Treatment
All clients may be screened for a referral to our substance use disorder programs. We offer both outpatient services and assistance to detoxification and residential treatment programs. In addition we provide referrals to transitional housing to support your recovery goals.
How do I resolve complaints and problems, or appeal a denial of a service?
If you are not happy with your services, you may talk with us or write to us, and we will try to resolve the problem. For more information on resolving problems, please pick up a copy of the Client Problem Resolution Guide available in the Behavioral Health Branch lobby. For help, talk to your therapist, the Behavioral Health Director, Behavioral Health Managers, or the Privacy/Compliance Officer.