Behavioral Health Branch

To access our Behavioral Health Branch services 24 hours a day, please call:

Mental Health   |   707-464-7224   |   1-888-446-4408 (toll free)
Substance Use   |   707-464-7224   |   1-888-446-4408 (toll free)

Patients Rights Advocate - SmithWaters Group   |   1-800-970-5816


The Behavioral Health Branch Office is located at 455 K St., Crescent City, CA.
It is opened Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm.
Remi Vista children's services are located at 370 9th St. Crescent City, CA, 707-464-4349.  

Local Behavioral Health Board Meeting 

Monday 10/4/2021 at 12:00 pm, held via Zoom web conference

https://dnco.zoom.us/j/98402781625?pwd=eWNKMGkrSWR4N1pBdjQybHR5bEVYUT09

Call in phone number: 1-669-900-6833 

Meeting ID: 984 0278 1625
Passcode: 978076

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:

  • Improve access to behavioral health care.
  • Work with you and other health care providers to arrange for quality care for you.
  • Be sensitive to your needs and respect your privacy

As the participant, you also have specific responsibilities. These are to:

  • Work with staff to choose the best staff member for you.
  • Keep your appointments as scheduled, or call if you cannot make your appointment.
  • Work on treatment goals with your therapist and doctor.

Service Team

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:

  • Psychiatrist (M.D.)
  • Psychologist (Ph.D.)
  • Marriage and Family Therapist  or Intern
  • Behavioral Health Specialist
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Intern
  • Client Services Specialist
  • Recovery Specialist

 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:

  • Dignity, privacy, humane care
  • Participate in decisions about your care, including the right to accept or refuse
  • Informed consent about medication and treatment
  • Access to the Patient’s Rights Advocate
  • Be treated with respect and with due consideration for your dignity and privacy
  • Request and receive copies of your medical records or request that they be amended or corrected
  • Be free from any form of restraint or seclusion used as a means of retaliation, coercion, discipline, or convenience
  • Receive informing materials in a language or in alternate formats that you can easily understand. All language assistance services are free. Let us know how we can help you understand our informing materials.

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.

Crisis Intervention

A fast response service enabling you to cope with a crisis and remain in the community

Psychiatric Evaluation

An assessment of your current emotional, behavioral, and mental status

Medication Evaluation

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

School Services

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.

Acute Hospitalization

If required, inpatient acute psychiatric hospital services through a number of providers under contract

Mental Health Services

Individual, family, or group counseling

Case Management

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 

  • Perinatal Intensified Outpatient Treatment (IOT)
  • Perinatal Phase 2
  • Drug Court
  • Aftercare
  • Dual Diagnosis, Co-Occurring Disorders(COD)
  • Mild to Moderate Treatment
  • Adolescent Youth Treatment, Transitional Age Youth
  • Adolescent Youth Treatment at Juvenile Hall
  • Del Norte County Jail In-Custody Treatment

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.


To access our Behavioral Health Branch services 24 hours a day, please call:

  • Mental Health   |   707-464-7224   |   1-888-446-4408 (toll free)
  • Substance Use   |   707-464-7224   |   1-888-446-4408 (toll free)
  • Patients Rights Advocate - SmithWaters Group   |   1-800-970-5816

The Behavioral Health Branch Office is located at 455 K St., Crescent City, CA.
It is opened Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm.
Remi Vista children's services are located at 370 9th St. Crescent City, CA, 707-464-4349.  
County of Del Norte
Department of Health & Human Services
Social Services Branch Public Assistance /
Employment & Training Branch
880 Northcrest Drive
Crescent City, CA 95531
Phone (707) 464-3191
Fax (707) 465-1783
880 Northcrest Drive
Crescent City, CA 95531
Phone (707) 464-3191
Fax (707) 465-1783

Behavioral Health Branch

Public Health Branch
455 K Street
Crescent City, CA 95531
(707) 464-7224
(800) 446-4408 (toll free)
400 L Street
Crescent City, CA 95531
Phone (707) 464-0861
Fax (707) 465-6701