Mental Health Evaluation Team (MHET)

Who can use this service?

Any adult or child who is experiencing a psychiatric emergency in San Luis Obispo County.

Is there a charge for this service?

This service is provided free of charge.

When and where is this service offered?

This service is available throughout the year during regular business hours except during scheduled holidays.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get immediate support for emotional distress, that is not an emergency?

If you want immediate support for emotional distress, suicidal thoughts, or to find mental health resources for you or a family member, friend or neighbor, call SLO HOTLINE, 1 (800) 783-0607 a 24/7 confidential talk line.

How do I know whether to call 911 or MHET at (800) 838-1381?

If there is a life threatening emergency, CALL 9-1-1.

Call 9-1-1 if:

  • The person in crisis requires immediate medical attention
  • Law Enforcement is needed to provide for safety. 
  • You do not know where the person is, and you are worried for their safety. Once the person is located, Law Enforcement will contact MHET to provide the mental health evaluation.
What is a psychiatric emergency or a mental health crisis?

A mental health crisis is when you need urgent help in dealing with a mental health issue that is seriously impacting your life. There are different kinds of mental health crises: extreme emotional distress, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, hopelessness, suicidal thoughts, thoughts of hurting others, paranoia, hallucinations--seeing or hearing things that others don't, grave disability--and other distressing behaviors.