Health Agency Services

Services

Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tank Facility Inspection

This service allows you to request an inspection of your Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tank system operated within San Luis Obispo County.

Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tank System Installation

This service allow you to provide a Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan (SPCC) prior to construction or modification of an Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tank system.  Required segments of the SPCC plan specify system design, construction and code requirements. Approval of the plan is necessary to ensure proper equipment and installation in addition to building and fire code requirements.

Abused Children’s Treatment Services (ACTS)

What is this service:
ACTS provides services for sexually abused children, age’s birth to 18 and their families. The primary goal of this program is to treat the symptoms and emotional trauma associated with sexual abuse, disclosure and court involvement, to reduce the possibility of further sexual abuse and to coordinate with other agencies in providing comprehensive services for victims and their families.
 

Access to Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Services

The Behavioral Health Department operates a toll-free, 24-hour, 7-day-a-week, Central Access line to help SLO residents:

  1. Get mental health and substance use disorder services, including assessment
  2. Get mental health and substance use disorder crisis or urgent services
  3. Use the problem resolution and fair hearing processes

Please contact our access line at 1 (800) 838-1381 for information or to schedule an appointment. All services are available in Spanish.

During regular business hours, Central Access staff are available to schedule first appointments for callers.

Services are available in English, Spanish, and by interpreter in other languages spoken in the community.

Adult Full Service Partnership (FSP)

The Adult Full Service Partnership (FSP) program provides 24/7 intensive community-based wrap around services to help people in recovery live independently. The FSP Program is an intensive case management Team that works with program participants on a variety of rehabilitative services. FSP programs are funded by the Mental Health Services Act.

Adult Justice/Court Mandated Programs

The Drug and Alcohol team provides a full array of forensic treatment options for 18+ year olds who are experiencing substance use issues and have had involvement with the legal justice system. Individuals will be assessed for level of care and to create an individualized treatment plan. Criminal justice modalities include:

  • Deferred Entry of Judgment (DEJ)
  • Proposition-36
  • Family Treatment Court (FTC)
  • Adult Drug Court (ADC)
  • Post/Pre Release Treatment Services (PRTS—AB-109).


FTC is a therapeutic court, specifically designed for parents whose substance abuse contributes to child abuse and/or neglect resulting in involvement with juvenile court dependency proceedings under Welfare and Institutions Code sec. 300, etc. FTC is comprised of a Juvenile court judge, program coordinators from Drug and Alcohol Services and Department of Child Welfare Services, social workers, treatment specialists, CASA, and workers. The team is dedicated to parent/family progress through a 12-month, 4-phase treatment court. This court provides accountability, structure, incentives, and sanctions. FTC is a collaborative approach in promoting reunification of children with healthy parents living a clean and sober lifestyle.  

Adult Mental Health Outpatient Treatment

Adult Outpatient Mental Health Treatment services are provided to help determine your mental health treatment needs and meet your treatment goals. 

Please contact our access line at 1 (800) 838-1381 for information or to schedule an appointment. All services are available in Spanish.

Services include:

  • Screening, Assessment and Treatment Recommendations
  • Treatment Planning
  • Individual and Group Psychotherapy
  • Medication Services
  • Psychiatry
  • Case Management
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Residential Options as they are available

Other programs include:

Adult Outpatient Substance Use Disorder Treatment

This service provides a full array of treatment options for adults (18 years and older) experiencing substance use issues.
Please contact our access line at 1 (800) 838-1381 for information or to schedule an appointment. All services are available in Spanish.

Services include:

  • Screening and Assessment
  • Treatment Planning
  • Psychotherapy
  • Medication Services
  • Psychiatry
  • Case Management
  • Adult Residential Placement

Other programs include:

Adult Residential Programs

The Behavioral Health Department assists in making referrals for the placement of adults in mental health residential programs and secure mental health residential programs. This service is primarily available to clients who are receiving County Mental Health Services and who are on Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Conservatorship. Individuals or families can contact the assigned mental health provider for further information.  
 

Aggressive and Dangerous Animal Response

Animal Services’ officers investigate and address reports of aggressive or dangerous animals that represent a risk to public safety or that have been involved in an attack on a person or another animal.

Animal Adoption

Are you looking to adopt a cat? Or to adopt a dog? Or perhaps even a rabbit or chicken? Stray animals that have not been reclaimed by their owners and those that have been surrendered to the shelter are available for adoption to the general public. Individuals looking to add a new family member are encouraged to visit the shelter during normal kennel hours.

For more information, check out our Shelter Services page for a the listing of adoptble animals currently at our shelter.

Animal Bites, Quarantines, and Rabies Control

California State law requires that any domestic mammal that has bitten a person, or that has potentially been exposed to rabies through contact with a wild animal, be quarantined and observed for signs of rabies infection. Depending on circumstances and a case-by-case assessment, Animal Services establishes and maintains these quarantines either at the animal owner’s home, a veterinary facility, or the Animal Services shelter.

Animal Euthanasia

Animal Services provides euthanasia services to the public for animals whose quality of life is no longer sustainable or whose behavior represents a safety risk to their owners and those around them. Please call in advance to schedule this service.

Animal Welfare and Abuse Investigations

Animal Services officers investigate and address reports of abused or neglected animals. Officers also respond to reports of ill or injured animals without an owner.

Assistance Animal Identification Tags

Animal Services issues Assistance Animal Identification Tags for animals which meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) definition of an assistance animal. To qualify for the issuance of a tag, an animal must be individually trained to perform a specific task or specific work function for a person with a disability.
  
For dogs that qualify, this tag also serves as their license tag. Animals that do not meet the definition of an assistance animal may still qualify as therapy animals and be entitled to certain accommodations. However, there is no specific tag or identification issued for these animals.

Assisted Outpatient Treatment Full Service Partnership (FSP)

Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) is court-ordered outpatient mental health treatment for individuals with serious mental illness who are unable to live safely in the community, but who refuse to participate in treatment on their own. The law that allows court-ordered treatment is sometimes called “Laura’s Law”. SLO Behavioral Health’s AOT program started in March, 2016, and is funded by the Mental Health Services Act.

AOT Program:
AOT is a collaborative program between the Behavioral Health Department and Transitions-Mental Health Association (TMHA). AOT outreach and treatment services are provided by a Full Service Partnership (FSP) team comprised of TMHA staff.  SLO Behavioral Health staff provide assessment, program support and coordination with the court. Services offered to AOT clients include:

  • Co-Occurring treatment to address both mental health and substance use disorder needs
  • Rehabilitation services to assist clients in learning and utilizing skills to improve self-care, social support system, and health
  • Intensive case management to support clients in accessing housing, financial, vocational, health care, and social support services, including voluntary mental health services

The AOT FSP team uses a field-based, “whatever it takes” approach to engage with clients to create their own individualized treatment plan.  Supportive FSP housing can be available as part of the client’s treatment plan.

Award of Excellence for Food Facility Inspections

Beginning January 1, 2012 San Luis Obispo County Environmental Health Services started issuing the "Award of Excellence" for retail food facilities. 

Beach Water Quality

This service provides beach water quality test results online in order to provide the public with information on health risks so they can make an informed choice on where they swim.

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Get beach water quality results by calling the Beach Water Quality Status Hotline (805) 788-3411

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Behavioral Health Board

The Behavioral Health Board is an independent oversight body whose objectives include to:

  1. Review and evaluate the community’s behavioral health needs, services, and facilities.
  2. Ensure services are provided to improve and maintain the health of individuals and families affected by mental health and substance use issues. 
  3. Advise the Board of Supervisors and the Behavioral Health Administrator.
  4. Review and approve the procedures used to ensure citizen and professional involvement in program planning processes.
  5. Review and comment on the County’s performance outcome data and communicate its findings to the California Mental Health Planning Council. 
  6. Assess the impact of realignment of services on the local community to make recommendations for any service level reductions or expansions.

Behavioral Health Managed Care

Managed Care performs many authorization and access functions, including: 

  1. Authorization of out-of-county inpatient psychiatric hospitalization
  2. Maintenance of a panel of Network Providers -- licensed therapists in the community who are carefully credentialed to ensure quality and network capacity
  3. Initial authorization of Residential Substance Use Disorder services
  4. Authorization of mental health services for youth in out-of-county placements

Behavioral Health Treatment Court

This service provides treatment opportunities for individuals who have behavioral health needs and are in the justice system, i.e. court or probation. Individuals will need to be on formal probation to participate in this treatment court.
 

Bike & Pedestrian Safety

The Injury Prevention Team provides education and support for bicycle and pedestrian safety throughout the county. In collaboration with community partners, the team provides bike and pedestrian safety education, hosts bike rodeos, helps coordinate Walk to School and Bike to School Days, and conducts walking audits in local communities.

Biosolids Land Application Information

The purpose for Biosolids Land Application oversight is to prevent negative impacts to public health and the environment from land applied biosolids.

Birth and Death Certificates

Public Health is able to provide certified copies of certificates for births and deaths occurring within the last 2 years within San Luis Obispo County at its Vital Records Office. Births and deaths that occurred prior to that may be obtained from the Clerk Recorders Office.

Body Art Event Sponsor Health Permit

This service allows you to apply for a permit to conduct a Body Art Community Event within San Luis Obispo County.

Body Art Facility Construction

This service allows you to apply for a permit to construct or modify a Body Art Facility within San Luis Obispo County. Body Art facility operations include application of tattoos, body piercing, and permanent cosmetics performed by registered body art practitioners. 

Please note, additional permitting may be required by the local city or county jurisdiction Planning and Building Department.

Body Art Facility Health Permit

This service allows you to apply for or renew a permit to operate a Body Art Facility within San Luis Obispo County. Body Art Facility operations include application of tattoos, body piercing, and permanent cosmetics performed by registered body art practitioners.

Body Art Facility Inspection

This service allows you to request an inspection of your Body Art Facility operated within San Luis Obispo County.

Body Art Practitioner Registration

This service provides instruction to individuals wishing to become a Registered Body Art Practitioner.

This service also allows for Registered Body Art Practitioners to submit their registration documents required annually in order to maintain current Body Art Practitioner registration each year.

Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening

Every Woman Counts is a statewide program that arranges, directs, and pays for screenings for uninsured and underinsured women in an effort to reduce breast and cervical cancer mortality rates in California. This includes free clinical breast exams, mammograms, pelvic exams, and pap tests.

Built Environment

The Public Health Department works to improve the health and wellness of current and future San Luis Obispo County residents through collaboration, education and policy guidance as it relates to health and the built environment.

California Accidental Release Prevention (Cal ARP) Program

This service provides regulatory oversight to reduce risks posed by facilities that handle acutely hazardous over threshold planning quantities.

California Children's Services

California Children's Services (CCS) is a statewide program that arranges, directs, and pays for medical care, equipment, and rehabilitation for children and young adults less than 21 years of age who have eligible medical conditions and whose families are unable to pay for all or part of their care. The Public Health Department connects eligible children with doctors, therapists and other trained specialists who know how to care for their special health needs.

Campus Map

Having a hard time finding where you need to go at the Health Agency campus?  Check the map below for a list of popular spots or call (805) 781-5500 for help.

Car Seat Inspections

Did you know only about 20% of American parents install and use their car seat correctly? That’s why our certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians are here to help. They provide free car seat education and inspections to individuals and groups to make sure children are the safest they can be.

Cat Trap Rental

There is no law restricting cats from roaming at large and Animal Services does not actively trap or remove stray felines. However, the Division encourages efforts of rescue groups and private individuals to trap and neuter unowned or community cats and then return those animals to their home area. These efforts have been shown to be an effective means of controlling and limiting the growth of stray cat populations. 

On the other hand, Animal Services does not recommend the removal of healthy community cats, as other cats will usually move into the area to fill that vacancy. Removing the resources which attract strays and spaying or neutering community cats has been shown to be a much more effective means of controlling and reducing the growth of stray cat populations.

Cat trap rentals are available through Animal Services for county residents engaged in trap, neuter, and return efforts as well as for those residents needing to capture and remove ill, injured, or aggressive cats from their property.

Catering and Other General Food Service Operations Health Permit

This service allows you to apply for or renew a permit to conduct a Food Service/Catering Operation within San Luis Obispo County.

Catering and Other General Food Service Operations Inspection

This service allows you to request an inspection of your Food Service/Catering Operation conducted within San Luis Obispo County.

Child and Youth Full Service Partnership (FSP)

The Children and Youth Full Service Partnership (FSP) program serves children and youth ages 0-15 of all races and ethnicities with severe emotional disturbance or serious mental illnesses

Child Health and Disability Prevention

This program coordinates free health and dental check-ups, head-to-toe physical exams, growth and development checks, vision and hearing tests, immunizations, TB tests, lab tests, nutrition information and health education for eligible children. It also provides dental and medical referrals, transportation information, and assistance in making appointments.

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention

Public Health provides lead testing for children, as well as education about where lead exposure might occur, including in your home, at your work, or in products you may use.

Climate Change & Health

OutsideIn SLO is a partnership between San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department and the California Department of Public Health to discuss and manage the health impacts of climate change in our county.

CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rules will now require healthcare providers to participate in emergency preparedness activities. The rule applies to 17 different provider and supplier types, including outpatient surgery, home health agencies, physical therapy offices, and others.

College Prevention & Wellness

A new program funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) to increase on-campus exposure to mental health and wellness promotion through training and activities at both Cal Poly and Cuesta College.
 

Commercial Animal Operation Permits

All businesses which keep or maintain animals for sale or other commercial purposes such as animal boarding and breeding are required to maintain a Commercial Animal Operation Permit with Animal Services. Permits are issued on a calendar year basis and must be renewed annually.

Communications to Providers

The Public Health Department communicates with local health care providers in several ways:

Provider Notices are issued as needed to communicate important news;  the Public Health Bulletin is a quarterly newsletter with topical information for both providers and consumers, including quarterly statistics of reported cases of select communicable diseases; and the Laboratory Messenger is a monthly newsletter providing containing current news of interest for clinicians and laboratorians. 

Community Counseling

Local Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funds support community counseling providers who offer low or no cost, brief, low-intensity group and individual counseling to adults, who are uninsured or under-insured.

Community Event and Swap Meet Organizer Health Permit

This service allows you to apply for a permit to conduct a Community Event or Swap Meet Event including food service to the general public within San Luis Obispo County.

Compliance with Federal and State Healthcare Laws

The San Luis Obispo County Health Agency maintains a Compliance Program that supports our ongoing commitment to an ethical and professional way of conducting business. The Compliance Program has several purposes, which include:

  • Compliance with laws, regulations and terms of contracts governing SLOHA’s operations;
  • Prevention, detection and correction of fraud, waste, and abuse;
  • Support of the Health Agency’s mission, vision and core values;
  • Support for the County’s vision statement and desired communitywide results.

Comprehensive Perinatal Services

The Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP) is a statewide program based on the understanding that pregnancy and birth outcomes improve when routine obstetric care (prenatal, delivery, and postpartum care) is integrated with nutrition, health education, and mental health services. Public Health provides technical assistance and support to CPSP providers, and acts as a resource for program requirements and implementation. 

Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment for Adolescents

This program, funded by the County's Mental Health Services Act work plan, was developed to serve adolescents and young adults (age 15-21) experiencing significant mental health and substance-related problems at the same time.

Co-Occurring Disorders Program

This service provides multi-diagnosis services and treatments for people who suffer from mental illness and substance abuse.

Cottage Food Operation Class B Inspection

Request an inspection of your home located within San Luis Obispo County where Cottage Food Operation Class B operations are performed.

A Cottage Food Operation is an enterprise at a private home where specific low-risk food products that do not require refrigeration are made or prepackaged for sale to consumers.

View a list of approved Cottage Food Operators. (List updated April 2017)

Cottage Food Operation Registration or Permit

This service allows you to apply for or renew a Cottage Food Operation Class A Registration (direct sales) or Class B Permit (indirect sales) occurring within San Luis Obispo County.

A Cottage Food Operation is an enterprise at a private home where specific low-risk food products that do not require refrigeration are made or repackaged for sale to consumers.

Cottage Food Operation Submit Annual Self-Certification

This service allows you to submit your annual Cottage Food Operation Class A Registration Annual Self-Certification documents.

A Cottage Food Operation is an enterprise at a private home where specific low-risk food products that do not require refrigeration are made or repackaged for sale to consumers.

County Holidays

The official county holidays are listed below. Many county offices will be closed on these days.

Cross-Connection Apply to Become Certified Tester

This service allows you to become a Certified Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester.

A certified backflow assembly tester is a person who has successfully completed a 40-hour State of California approved backflow assembly tester course and has demonstrated their ability to field test these assemblies to the satisfaction of the approved certifying agency. The certification allows the testers’ name to be placed on the County of San Luis Obispo List of Certified Testers for the public to choose from. The backflow tester certification must be renewed every 3 years.

Cross-Connection Frequently Asked Questions

This service provides answers to common questions regarding the Cross-Connection Prevention Program. You can view answers to Frequently Asked Questions in the FAQ section below. 

Cross-Connection Test Form Request

This service allows you to request a copy of a Cross-Connection assembly test form.

Cross-Connection Visual Inspection

This service allows you to request a visual inspection of a Cross-Connection prevention assembly.

Custodial Impound

Animal Services provides temporary kenneling for animals taken into custody in association with emergency medical or public safety responses.

Disaster Preparedness and Response

This service provides guidelines for preparation and response to an emergency.

Disease Reporting for Healthcare Providers and Laboratories

The Public Health Department responds to reports of communicable diseases in San Luis Obispo County. Physicians and health care providers are legally required to report suspected, lab-confirmed, and clinical diagnoses of specific diseases and conditions within specified time frames to the client’s county of residence.

Disposal of Animal Remains

Animal Services accepts the remains of deceased household pets from the general public during normal kennel hours.

Dog Licensing

All dogs over 4 months of age and residing in the county for more than 30 days are required by law to be licensed through Animal Services. In order to obtain a license, dogs must have a current rabies vaccination. Licenses can be purchased online, by mail, or in person at the Animal Services office. Discounts and extended licensing intervals are offered for dogs that have been spayed or neutered.

Driving Under the Influence Programs

Drug and Alcohol Services provides quality, professional, and confidential services for those in need of fulfilling requirements stemming from penalties surrounding driving under the influence. Services include education, groups, and individual sessions with certified counselors. Our friendly staff will help you through the process of completing your program. 

Programs Include:

All Program DUI Flyer. (En Español aqui)

DUI Intake Packet. Included documents are:

  • Behavioral Health Application for Services 
  • Behavioral Health Signature Sheet
  • Drug and Alcohol Services Handbook
  • Quality Assurance Checklist for DUI Programs
  • Criminal Justice Consent
  • Debt Collection Consent
  • DMV Enrollment Form (DL 804)

Drug & Alcohol Services Fees

This service provides a Notice of Fee Changes that are effective, August 14, 2017.

Drug & Alcohol Services Residential Programs

Drug and Alcohol Services provides Recovery Residence/Residential placement of adults in higher-levels of care. These clients have been assessed as needing these highly structured Recovery Residence/Residential sober environments. These gender-specific, sober living environments create a structured and nurturing environment which foster a safe place to live, treatment (only in Residential) and  the peer-to-peer concept of recovery principles. 

Drug & Alcohol Services Walk In Clinics

Screening is the first step for anyone who is seeking drug and alcohol treatment or evaluation through Drug and Alcohol Services. The public is welcome to walk in and request services. We offer treatment for voluntary as well as mandated clients. After completing a screening to determine if treatment is medically necessary, a full assessment for placement in treatment is scheduled and a plan for treatment is developed between the individual seeking help and the counselor.

Youth clients can be screened in Drug & Alcohol Services locations as well as at the Prevention & Outreach offices at 277 South St., Ste. T, in San Luis Obispo.

Drug Free Communities 101

This federal grant is aimed at providing Cal Poly and Cuesta College campuses and their surrounding communities with prevention strategies to address underage drinking – specifically for youth transitioning from high school to college - and reduce prescription drug misuse and abuse.

Drug Medi-Cal Outpatient Delivery System (ODS)

The County of San Luis Obispo Health Agency, Behavioral Health Department is currently the primary Drug Medi-Cal certified provider in the County.

Emergency Medical Services

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division of the Public Health Department works to assure that our county’s residents and visitors receive optimal prehospital care on a daily basis and protection during public health emergencies. For more information, visit the EMS Website.

Emergency Planning-Access and Functional Needs

All individuals, with or without disabilities, can decrease the impact of a disaster by taking steps to prepare before an event occurs. The resources below will help individuals with access and functional needs prepare for disasters.

Environmental Health Fee Schedule

This service provides the Fee Schedule for Fiscal Year 2017/2018.

Environmental Health Public Records Act Request

This service allows you to submit a Public Records Act request for information.

Epidemiology Data & Reports

The Public Health Department epidemiology team investigates individual cases and outbreaks of reported communicable disease. The team monitors disease trends, conducts data analysis and often provides current statistics and other information to health care providers, hospitals, the public and news media.

Fall Prevention

Each year, millions of older Americans fall, leading to serious injury and even death. Preventing falls is an important part of protecting the health of our community and extending the quality of our seniors' older years. For this reason, the Public Heath Department offers home visits for at-risk seniors, as well as fall prevention classes that promote strength and balance.

Food Facility Construction

This service allows you to apply for a permit to construct or modify a food facility located within San Luis Obispo County.

Please note, additional permitting may be required by the local city or county jurisdiction Planning and Building Department.

Food Facility Health Permit

This service allows you to apply for or renew a permit to operate a food facility located within San Luis Obispo County.

Food Facility Inspection

This service allows you to request an inspection of your regulated food facility located within San Luis Obispo County.

Food Facility Inspection Results

This service allows you to view food facility inspection results online.

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Food Program Frequently Asked Questions

This service provides answers to common questions regarding food preparation and food facility operation.

Foodborne Illness Information

This service provides information regarding Foodborne Illness. 

Friday Night Live/Club Live/Cal Poly FNL

Friday Night Live (FNL) programs were established in California in 1984, and in San Luis Obispo County in 1991. Using recognized best practices, FNL builds partnerships for positive and healthy youth development which engage youth as active leaders and resources in their communities.

The Behavioral Health Department partners with the Friday Night Live Partnership of San Luis Obispo County - a non-profit 501 (c)3 organization which supports programming.

For more information, please call us at (805) 781-4289.

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Hazardous Materials Business Plan Facility Inspection

This service allows you to request an inspection of your facility located within San Luis Obispo County where hazardous materials are handled and stored. Routine inspections are required at facilities that store or handle hazardous materials greater than threshold quantities to verify proper handling and storage.

Hazardous Materials Facility - Transferring Ownership

This service provides information on requirements for prospective new owners of existing or former Hazardous Materials or Hazardous Waste Facilities.

Agency Program District Inspectors and Supervisors are available to answer questions on requirements. All of the programs have pre-operation requirements to be met prior to operating a hazardous materials facility. Some of the programs, such as Underground Storage Tanks, Tiered Permitting (hazardous waste treatment), and California Accidental Release Prevention (Cal ARP) require a permit or authorization to be issued to the new owner and/or operator before the system can be operated. Permitting can be completed within 30 days if all completed required documents and training records are submitted.

Hazardous Materials Handler Submit/Certify Annual Business Plan

This service allows you to submit/certify a Hazardous Materials Handler Annual Business Plan.

 

Hazardous Waste Generator - Submit Contingency Plan

This service allows you to submit a Hazardous Waste Generator Contingency Plan.

Hazardous Waste Generator Inspection

This service allows you to request an inspection of your facility located within San Luis Obispo County where hazardous waste is generated and stored. Routine inspections are required at facilities that generate hazardous wastes to verify proper handling, storage, and disposal.

Hazardous Waste Small Quantity Generator Submit Annual Self-Certification Form

This service allows you to submit a Hazardous Waste Small Quantity Generator Annual Self-Certification form.

Health Agency Contractor and Network Provider Support Page

This is a resource page for contractors and network providers of the County of San Luis Obispo Health Agency.  The contents of this page will help support compliance with HIPAA and other contractual and legal obligations.  For questions about how to use this page, please contact Ken Tasseff, Compliance Program Manager at (805) 781-4788.

Health Agency Contractor and Network Provider Support Page

This is a resource page for contractors and network providers of the County of San Luis Obispo Health Agency.  The contents of this page will help support compliance with HIPAA and other contractual and legal obligations.  For questions about how to use this page, please contact Ken Tasseff, Compliance Program Manager at (805) 781-4788.

Health Commission

The Health Commission was formed in 1994 to serve as an advisory board to the County Board of Supervisors and the Public Health Department on health matters in the county.

Healthcare Coalition

The Public Health Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee (PHEPAC) addresses issues that affect emergency preparedness, response and recovery for public health.

PHEPAC-Governance-Structure-(Approved-5-2013)

HIV/AIDS Testing

The Public Health Department works to minimize the number of new HIV infections and maximize the number of people with HIV who have access to appropriate care, treatment, support, and prevention services. We provide confidential and anonymous testing as well as pre-exposure (PrEP) and post-exposure treatment (PEP) and referrals as needed.

Hobby Breeder Permits

Individuals selling domestic pets for more than $50 are required by code to first obtain a Hobby Breeder permit from Animal Services. Permits are issued on a calendar year basis and must be renewed annually. Permit applications may be obtained on line or by contacting Animal Services directly.

Homeless Outreach Full Service Partnership

San Luis Obispo County’s Full Service Partnership for homeless individuals is a Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) program that provides outreach, assessment, and 24/7 intensive community-based wrap around services to help people achieve recovery and live independently.

Access to mental health services is the primary barrier to serving the homeless and this program focuses on outreach to unserved, difficult-to-reach populations. This will engage clients in health care, mental health treatment, and housing.
 

Services include:
  • Supportive care, case management, and rehabilitative mental health services.
  • Regular appointments with psychiatrists.
  • Regular access to medical services.
  • Highly individualized treatment, medication and personal milestones.
  • Support groups addressing other medical issues requiring maintenance and medication.
  • The development of independent living skills, including cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, conflict resolution, money management, and social skills.
  • Co-occurring disorder support groups for clients who also have problems with substance abuse.
  • Vocational and educational opportunities.

For more information please contact our access line at 1 (800) 838-1381

The program is conducted by Transitions-Mental Health Association.

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

This service provides residents of San Luis Obispo County with 5 locations to properly dispose of their Household Hazardous Waste for free.

This program is implemented by the San Luis Obispo County Integrated Waste Management Authority.

Housing (Detention Facilities, Organized Camps)

Housing services include:

Humane Education

Animal Services provides speakers and presentations for schools, educational and service groups, and other organizations on topics such as responsible pet ownership, benefits spay and neuter, animal safety, and other community animal concerns.

Information & Guidelines for Small Public Water Systems

This service provides information and guidance for small public water system operation.

Injury Prevention

Injuries are the leading cause of early death in San Luis Obispo County.  The Public Health Department works to help prevent these injuries by providing education and resources for parents, community groups and partners.

Intensive Care Coordination (ICC)

What is this service: 
Intensive Care Coordination (ICC) is similar to Targeted Case Management (TCM) and includes components such as facilitating assessment, care planning and coordination of services, including urgent services for children or youth. ICC is delivered using a Child and Family Team and is intended for children or youth whose treatment requires cross-agency collaboration.

Intensive Day Treatment Services

What is this service:
Services are provided at two (2) sites in San Luis Obispo in collaboration with the County Office of Education.  Chris Jespersen Elementary School (Elementary and Junior High) and Vicente School (Junior High and High School). 
 

Intensive Home Based Services (IHBS)

Intensive Home Based Services (IHBS) are individualized, strength-based interventions to address mental health conditions that interfere with a child or youth’s functioning. IHBS help the child or youth build skills necessary for successful functioning in the home, community and school.
 

Jail-Based Services

Drug & Alcohol provides an array of jail based services for those that are incarcerated in San Luis Obispo County Jail. These services include Metal Health and Substance Use Disorder screening, assessment, and diagnosis. Based on the assessment, individuals may be eligible for Pre-Release Treatment Services which include; individual and group involvement, psychological services, and/or medication management. The main purpose of these services is to link the individual with the re-entry services and facilitate a seamless handoff to Post Release Treatment Services (PRTS).

Katie A Intensive Team

What is this service:
The Katie A intensive team provides wraparound-like, intensive, community based mental health services and supports to children, youth and transitional age youth in the Child Welfare Services system. The therapist and rehabilitation specialist work as a team to provide services that are driven by the Child and Family Team and include the full array of mental health services as well as, Intensive Care Coordination and Intensive Home Based Services

Laboratory Courier Services

If the number and frequency of your test requests require the assistance of a courier, contact the Laboratory Director by phone (805) 781-5512 or email jbeebe@co.slo.ca.us for any additional information regarding your approval for courier services.

Laboratory Hot Topics

This service provides specimen collection information for specific cases.

Laboratory Messenger

The Laboratory Messenger is a monthly newsletter published by the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Laboratory containing current news of interest for clinicians and laboratorians.  
 

Laboratory Non-Diagnostic General Health Assessment Certification

Qualified firms employing licensed medical staff may apply for a certificate on an annual basis to host public inon-diagnostic general health assessment testing.

Laboratory Phone Numbers

This service provides contact phone numbers for the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Laboratory.

Laboratory Services Overview

The Public Health Laboratory provides clinical and environmental testing to support programs of the Health Agency as well as hospitals, clinics, physicians, private businesses, citizens, and local, state, and federal authorities.

For additional information, please call the Public Health Laboratory (805) 781-5507 Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm (closed weekends and holidays).

Laboratory Tests and Fees

Laboratory Testing Services and Fees July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. For additional information, please call the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Laboratory (805) 781-5507 Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm (closed weekends and holidays).

Unless otherwise noted, specimens may only be collected by authorized medical professionals at any clinical practice or clinical location in the County. Specimens must be transported by courier or other means to the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Laboratory at 2191 Johnson Avenue, San Luis Obispo, for testing.

 

Laboratory Web Portal

Laboratory testing results that have been submitted to the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Laboratory, can be viewed online at any time.

Land Use

This service is a required review of any Environmental Health Service related items pertaining to land development projects based on referral from the County of San Luis Obispo Planning and Building Department with focus on the ability to have a decent and potable water supply and the ability to remove waste streams from the property in a safe and sanitary manner.

Forms and Reference Materials

Latino Outreach Program

One of the first programs funded through the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), this service provides a full array of mental health services in the community that are culturally appropriate for both Latino adults and children/youth.  

Therapists in the program are Bilingual/Bicultural and work to increase access to mental health care for monolingual Latinos and to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness and treatment amongst the Latino population.

Please phone 1 (800) 838-1381 for information or to schedule an appointment.

Liquid Waste Disposal Vehicle Health Permit

This service allows you to apply for or renew a permit to operate a Liquid Waste Disposal vehicle within San Luis Obispo County.

Liquid Waste Disposal Vehicle Inspection

This service allows you to request an inspection of your Liquid Waste Collection Vehicle operated within San Luis Obispo County.

Liquid Waste Submit Monthly Report of Disposal Statement

This service allows owners or operators of Liquid Waste Collection Vehicles operated within San Luis Obispo County to submit a Liquid Waste Collection Vehicle Monthly Report of Disposal Statement.

Mapping/GIS

Environmental Health maintains geospatial data (location + information) for its various programs and serves program-targeted web map viewers to its customers to view and access the details for permits, inspection reports and testing site results.

EatSafeSLO provides permitted retail food facility locations and timely inspection reports.

DrillerView provides the county contracted water well drillers with various land-use and environmental mapping layers and analytical tools to assess proposed water well sites.

SurfSafeSLO provides the locations of beach water quality testing sites and timely bacteriological lab results.

MosquitoSurveillanceView provides the locations of mosquito surveillance trapping sites and identified mosquito species and counts. Also included are the locations of dead birds found that tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

Martha’s Place Children's Center

Martha's Place Children’s Center provides multidisciplinary assessment, individual and family therapy to children birth to five (5). All youth receive an assessment from a pediatrician and most receive a mental health assessment. Case management services are provided to connect families with resources and some medication management is provided by the pediatrician.

Services can be accessed by calling Martha’s Place: (805) 781-4948.

Martha's Place Referral Form

Remisión de Martha’s Place

Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health

Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) promotes the health and well-being of women of childbearing age, infants, children and adolescents who are at increased risk of adverse health outcomes — by virtue of financial, language or cultural barriers, or mental or physical disabilities by assuring access to health promotion and health care services. These activities include community assessment, planning, evaluation, outreach, advocacy, education, training, and policy development.

Medical Marijuana ID Card (MMIC)

Qualified patients and their primary caregivers may apply for and be issued a medical marijuana ID card (MMIC) for State authorization to possess, grow, and/or transport medical marijuana in California. A MMIC identifies the cardholder as authorized to legally possess certain amounts of medical marijuana in California and under specific conditions. For more information on the state’s program, visit their website.

Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)

The San Luis Obispo County Medical Reserve Corps (SLOMRC) is a group of trained volunteers who assist public health efforts during times of special need or disaster, such as during a major communicable disease outbreak, earthquake, flood, tsunami, or act of terrorism.

Medical Therapy Program

The Medical Therapy Program (MTP) is a special program within California Children's Services that provides physical, occupational, and medical therapy services for children who are handicapped due to neurological or musculoskeletal disorders. A team of licensed therapists provides eligible children with physical therapy, occupational therapy and specialized equipment, such as orthotics/braces, wheelchairs and other assistive devices.

Medically Indigent Services Program (MISP)

Medically Indigent Services Program (MISP) assists qualified low-income residents who have an immediate medical need but have no source of health coverage available and no other way to pay for necessary medical care.

Medication Assisted Treatment

This service provides Medication Assisted Treatment for those suffering from opiate use disorders. Opiates include heroin, morphine, oxycontin, and other narcotic pain killers. Medication Assisted Treatment is also available for those suffering from alcohol use disorders, and involves the use of medications to decrease cravings, decrease side effects of withdrawal, and to provide improved motivation to abstain from substances.

Mental Health Evaluation Team (MHET)

The Mental Health Evaluation Team (MHET) assists the community, hospitals, and law enforcement with:

  • Emergency psychiatric evaluation services to determine whether immediate inpatient psychiatric treatment is required;
  • Crisis intervention services and mental health consultations;
  • Improving access to mental health treatment services through linkage and/or referral to community services; and
  • Timely post-crisis follow up to ensure linkage to appropriate resources.

IN THE CASE OF A LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCY, CALL 9-1-1

The County has partnered with Sierra Mental Wellness Group as its provider of MHET services. Interventions are client oriented, and wellness and recovery-centered, to maximize the ability of the individual to manage the crisis. Additionally, this immediate stabilization response is supplemented with a next day follow-up for non-hospitalized clients to continue support and provide assistance in following through with referrals and appointments.
 

Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)

The Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) provides funding to counties to expand and develop innovative, integrated services for children,adolescents, adults and older adults. California's voters passed the Act in November 2004 as a result of a movement intended to transform public mental health care. This page is designed to provide information on the County of SLO's work plans, and invite you to participate in their implementation.

Mental Health Services at the Juvenile Hall

Mental Health Therapists provide a mental health screening, risk assessment, crisis intervention and elective mental health services to all youth admitted into the Juvenile Hall. For youth at the Juvenile Hall that are in need of ongoing mental health services Mental Health Therapists may also provide assessment, therapy, rehabilitation services, and referrals for community services. A Psychiatrist from Mental Health provides medication and evaluation and monitoring once a week.

 

Mental Health Services in Therapeutic Learning Classrooms

Mental Health Youth Services therapists provide a full array of school-linked mental health services to several Therapeutic Learning Classrooms in San Luis Obispo County.

The therapist collaborates with teachers, school principals, parents, student study teams, individualized education plan teams, school psychologists, and other agencies as needed in developing individual treatment plans for these children.

Middle School Comprehensive Program

The Middle School Comprehensive project is an integrated collaboration between the Behavioral Health Department, schools, and community based organizations. This program aims to promote emotional wellness and identify students that may be in need of helping services.
 

Mobile Body Art Facility Construction

This service allows you to apply for a permit to construct or modify a Mobile Body Art Facility to be operated within San Luis Obispo County.

Mobile Body Art Facility Health Permit

This service allows you to apply for or renew a permit to operate a Mobile Body Art Facility to be operated within San Luis Obispo County.

Mobile Body Art Facility Inspection

This service allows you to request an inspection of your Mobile Body Art Facility to be operated within San Luis Obispo County.

Mobile Food Facility Construction

This service allows you to apply for a permit to construct or modify a Mobile Food facility to be operated within San Luis Obispo County.

Mobile Food Facility Health Permit

This service allows you to apply for or renew a permit to operate a Mobile Food facility within San Luis Obispo County.

Mobile Food Facility Inspection

This service allows you to request an inspection of your Mobile Food facility operated within San Luis Obispo County.

Mold

Public Health does not offer mold abatement services, but we do recognize that it impacts the health of our county residents. Because of that, we've developed a list of helpful resources to help with mold clean-up and abatement below.

Monitoring Well Construction Permit Application

This service allows you to apply for a permit to construct a new Monitoring Well within San Luis Obispo County.

Monitoring Well Destruction Permit Application

This service allows you to apply for a permit to destroy an existing Monitoring Well located within San Luis Obispo County.

Multiple Animal Permits

Residents of San Luis Obispo County’s seven incorporated cities are limited in the number of animals in which they can keep. While there is some variability between cities, this is generally no more than three (3) dogs and three (3) cats for each residential home. Individuals may seek an exemption to this limitation by requesting a Multiple Animal Permit from Animal Services. Permit applications may be obtained online or by contacting Animal Services directly.

Narcotic Treatment Program (NTP)

This service provides a program with AEGIS methadone clinic for replacement therapy. This includes access to medication such as methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone). AEGIS utilizes an evidence-based, multi-disciplinary and holistic treatment model to treat clients.

For more information, call (805) 461-5212 or go to AegisTreatmentCenters.com

 

Network Provider Resources

Network Providers are licensed providers with private practices in the community who contract with Behavioral Health to serve Medi-Cal beneficiaries. 

For information about becoming a Network Provider, open the Application Information folder.

Current Network Providers may access blank forms and training materials in the Documentation Forms and Resources Folder.

Nuisance Animal Investigations

Animal Services officers investigate and address complaints regarding animal nuisance problems, such as excessive noise or chronic leash law violations.

Nurse Home Visiting

Home visits are provided by a Public Health Nurse to low-income pregnant women, and families parenting a child under five years of age who has medical and/or social risk factors. The program promotes improved pregnancy outcomes, nurturing parenting skills, positive child health and development, and family self-sufficiency.

Nutrition Education

The Public Health Department provides education and outreach to support healthy food and beverage choices and to increase physical activity, with the goal of improving wellness and reducing chronic diseases. The team provides nutrition education to schools and community organizations. The Department also works with partner agencies in the Healthy Eating, Active Living San Luis Obispo County (HEAL SLO) coalition to encourage policy, environmental and behavioral changes that promote and support a healthy lifestyle.

Older Adult Full Service Partnership (FSP)

The Older Adult Full Services Partnership (FSP) provides an intensive intervention team for older adults (age 60+) with a serious mental illness. FSP programs provide a "whatever it takes" approach to promoting and encouraging wellness for enrolled FSP clients. FSP programs are funded by the Mental Health Services Act.
 

Older Adult Mental Health Project

With the support of Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funding, Wilshire Community Service, Inc. provides multi-level services for seniors at risk for mental illness.

Opioid Safety Coalition

The County formed the SLO Opioid Safety Coalition in January 2016 to address the local epidemic of opioid (painkiller medication and heroin) misuse with grant funding from the California HealthCare Foundation. The Department received one of 12 grants from the California HealthCare Foundation to help address the opioid epidemic locally.

 

Opioid Safety Coalition

The Behavioral Health Department received one of 12 grants from the California HealthCare Foundation to help address the misuse of prescription painkillers locally.

Oral Health

The Public Health Department works with numerous community partners on policy development, oral health education, increasing access to dental care, and ensuring every child has a primary or 'home base' dentist. Since preventing cavities in early childhood reduces the risk of dental disease for a lifetime, the program also provides limited preventive services for children enrolled in the WIC program and home-based Head Start programs. The Oral Health Coalition meets regularly at the Public Health Department. Coalition members help set direction and establish a strategic plan every three years.

Organized and Temporary Camps Inspection

This service allows you to request an inspection of your Organized Camp or Temporary Camp located within San Luis Obispo County.

Organized camp (California Health and Safety Code, Division 13, Part 2.3, Sections 18897 – 18897.7 )
(a) "Organized camp" means a site with program and facilities established for the primary purposes of providing an outdoor group living experience with social, spiritual, educational, or recreational objectives, for five days or more during one or more seasons of the year.
(b) The term "organized camp" does not include a motel, tourist camp, trailer park, resort, hunting camp, auto court, labor camp, penal or correctional camp nor does it include a child care institution or home-finding agency.
(c) The term "organized camp" also does not include any charitable or recreational organization which complies with the rules and regulations for recreational trailer parks provided for by subdivision (b) of Section 18301 of the California Health and Safety Code.

Temporary Camp (County of San Luis Obispo County Code Title 8 Chapter 8.64)
"Temporary camp" means a site where camping activity occurs for more than forty-eight (48) consecutive hours and less than thirteen consecutive days, and where said camping activity involves one hundred or more people at any time. The terms "temporary camp" does not include "labor camp," "organized camp" "mobilehome park," "travel trailer park," "recreational trailer park," "temporary trailer park," "incidental camping areas," or "tent camp" all as described and regulated by the California Health and Safety Code and other laws enacted pursuant thereto. The term "temporary camp" also does not include a penal or correctional camp or any camping activity on publicly owned or controlled land.

Organized and Temporary Camps Permit

This service allows you to apply for or renew a permit to operate an Organized Camp or Temporary Camp within San Luis Obispo County.

Organized camp (California Health and Safety Code, Division 13, Part 2.3, Sections 18897 – 18897.7 )
(a) "Organized camp" means a site with program and facilities established for the primary purposes of providing an outdoor group living experience with social, spiritual, educational, or recreational objectives, for five days or more during one or more seasons of the year.
(b) The term "organized camp" does not include a motel, tourist camp, trailer park, resort, hunting camp, auto court, labor camp, penal or correctional camp nor does it include a child care institution or home-finding agency.
(c) The term "organized camp" also does not include any charitable or recreational organization which complies with the rules and regulations for recreational trailer parks provided for by subdivision (b) of Section 18301 of the California Health and Safety Code.

Temporary Camp (County of San Luis Obispo County Code Title 8 Chapter 8.64)
"Temporary camp" means a site where camping activity occurs for more than forty-eight consecutive hours and less than thirteen consecutive days, and where said camping activity involves one hundred or more people at any time. The terms "temporary camp" does not include "labor camp," "organized camp" "mobilehome park," "travel trailer park," "recreational trailer park," "temporary trailer park," "incidental camping areas," or "tent camp" all as described and regulated by the California Health and Safety Code and other laws enacted pursuant thereto. The term "temporary camp" also does not include a penal or correctional camp or any camping activity on publicly owned or controlled land.

Parent Education and Support Programs

With the support of Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funding, the Center for Family Strengthening provides coordination of parenting resources, parent education classes, and parent coaching services.
This includes provision of bilingual and bicultural parenting classes.
 

Patient's Rights Advocate

The Patients’ Rights Advocate (PRA) helps you get the Behavioral Health services you need and are entitled to. 

Perinatal Outpatient Extended Group (POEG)

Perinatal Outpatient Extended Group (POEG) is an intensive outpatient treatment program designed to provide a safe, positive, structured drug and alcohol free learning environment with focus on the family as a unit. POEG meets four days a week, three hours a day. 

Services include:

  • Individual and family group process
  • Play therapy
  • Parent support and education group.

Perinatal Substance Use Prevention

This Perinatal Substance Use Prevention Program offers education, training, and technical assistance for prenatal care providers in identifying women at risk for substance use, depression, and domestic violence. For those identified as high-risk, we provide comprehensive assessments, education and links to community resources.

Pests

This service provides information on preventive measures people can take to prevent the spread of vector borne disease.

Please note that the County of San Luis Obispo does not provide mosquito abatement services.

If you do not find the information you are looking for in the documents available on this page, Contact Us for further assistance.

Pet Microchipping

Microchips provide an effective, permanent, and reliable means of identifying your animal. Microchips implanted by Animal Services are automatically registered in a national microchip database. It is important, however, that pet owners ensure their information is updated if they move or change phone numbers.

Pollution Prevention and Response

The County of San Luis Obispo takes an active role in preventing pollution, and responding to reports of pollution or spills. There are various types of spills and discharges, and several County Departments collaborate to provide appropriately trained staff in response. Depending on the type of spill or discharge, the County may reach out to State or Federal agencies to coordinate the appropriate response.
 

Positive Development Program

With the support of Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funding, the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County (CAPSLO) provides side by side facilitation of a Pre-K life skills curricula and behavior assessment tools for private daycares and preschools throughout the county.

 

Potassium Iodide (KI) Pre-Distribution

This service provides information on how to obtain a personal supply of Potassium Iodide (KI).

Potassium Iodide should only be taken when directed by the Health Officer.

Potassium iodide protects the thyroid gland against exposure to radioactive iodine in the unlikely event of a radiological release from a nuclear power plant emergency at the Diablo Canyon Power Plant. Our supply is NOT intended to be given out for any radiological emergency around the world.

Potassium iodide is not an "anti-radiation" pill. It is a supplemental protective measure, secondary to evacuation or sheltering in place. Evacuation and sheltering in place remain the primary protective actions during a radiological emergency. If taken in an appropriate and timely dosage, potassium iodide can block exposure of the thyroid gland to radioactive iodine. However, potassium iodide does not protect other parts of the body from exposure to other contaminants released during the emergency.

Potassium Iodide should only be taken when directed by the Health Officer.

 

Privacy of our Clients' Health Information

CLICK HERE FOR FORMS AND INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR HEATLH INFORMATION PRIVACY

The privacy, security and accuracy of our client's health information is important to us.  The Health Agency has available information about how we use and disclose your health information.  These documents are known as the Notice of Privacy Practices. By clicking on the link above, you can see these notices along with other documents that support your right to privacy and access to your information. 

Private Well Owner Resources

The information on this page is intended to assist private well owners in San Luis Obispo County with routine maintenance of well systems and to help make sure well water is safe to use.

The water quality from private (non-commercial) wells is not regulated or monitored by any outside agency or company. It is the responsibility of the private well owner to ensure that their well water is safe.

Psychiatric Health Facility (Inpatient)

The Behavioral Health Department operates a 16-bed, licensed Psychiatric Health Facility (PHF). The PHF provides observation and treatment for acute mental illness under licensed psychiatric direction.

1 (800) 838-1381 
Psychiatric crisis emergency number available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
 
The Psychiatric Health Facility (PHF) is an inpatient facility that treats individuals in psychiatric crisis who cannot be safely served in outpatient services. 

  • A psychiatric crisis is a non-life threatening situation in which an individual is exhibiting extreme mental health symptoms, considering harm to self or others, disoriented or out of touch with reality and has a compromised ability to function safely.

The PHF is operated by the County under a license issued and regulated by the State Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) as a facility for:

  • 72 hours of psychiatric evaluation and treatment.

Patients have a right to refuse medication unless there is a court order for medication or the patient is displaying imminently dangerous behavior toward self or others, and the doctor orders involuntary medication (W&I code 5325.2).

 
There are subsequent fourteen (14) day legal holds that may be enacted if the individual continues to meet medical necessity criteria. All additional holds require judicial review. Patients have rights and are provided legal representation by the Public Defenders Office. Patients also have access to a Patients’ Rights Advocate.
 
The PHF is staffed by a Behavioral Health Program Supervisor, a Psychiatrist, a Registered Nurse, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Psychiatric Technicians and Mental Health Worker Aides. Contracted services include Rehabilitation Services and Dietary Services.
 
The PHF is licensed to treat 16 patients at any point in time.  The PHF serves:

  • Individuals who, per Welfare &Institutions Code 5150, may be involuntarily detained due to indications they are, as a result of a mental disorder, a danger to self, danger to others, or may be gravely mentally disabled
  • Misdemeanants in custody of the County jail, determined by the Court to be incompetent to stand trial (per Penal Code 1370).  Inmates are treated at the PHF to restore them to competency, in order for them to participate in their legal proceedings.
  • Conserved individuals (gravely mentally disabled and permanently housed elsewhere) in need of stabilization.

 
The PHF is the only such facility within San Luis Obispo County. The nearest alternative 5150 facilities are located in Salinas, Santa Barbara, and Fresno/Bakersfield, and are often also at or near their licensed capacity. Approximately 340 individuals are transferred directly from our area hospitals to out-of-County alternative inpatient psychiatric treatment facilities every year.
 
PHF admission criteria is set forth in the Welfare & Institutions Code 5150, and California Code of Regulations, Title 22. Individuals are assessed by qualified professionals for admission. 
Admission criteria includes:
 
As a result of a mental disorder*, the individual is deemed to be:

  1. A danger to Self,
  2. A danger to Others,
  3. Gravely Disabled (no ability to nourish oneself, obtain clothing or shelter, no third party caregiver).(Welfare & Institutions Code 5150)

 *mental health conditions covered by CCR Title IX 1820.205

It is often important that individuals receive a medical clearance prior to receiving a mental health evaluation for inpatient psychiatric treatment for the following reasons:

  • The PHF is free standing, with no medical support attached. 
  • Medical support is provided by local hospitals.

The following regulatory criteria describe persons who may not be legally retained in the PHF:

  1. Only persons diagnosed with major mental disorders are to be treated in PHFs.
  2. PHF shall not admit and treat patients with the primary diagnosis of an eating disorder.
  3. PHF shall not admit and treat patients when the primary diagnosis is chemical dependency, chemical intoxication or chemical withdrawal.
  4. Individuals with major mental disorders shall not be admitted to PHF if their treatment requires medical interventions beyond the level appropriate to a psychiatric health facility including:
    • Detoxification from substance abuse
    • Treatment for substance induced delirium. (22 CCR 77113)

 
Persons with a communicable disease that is required to be reported (per 17 CCR 2500), shall not be admitted to the facility. Examples are active treatment resistant infections (MRSA), Tuberculosis, etc.
 
A facility shall accept and retain only those patients for whom it can provide adequate medical care.  

“…when a patient’s particular injury or disease would ordinarily be treated on an outpatient basis absent the mental disorder, the facility may admit the patient only if the facility has appropriate policies, procedures and resources to ensure the safety of other patients and staff.”

Examples of such medical conditions are some types of Diabetes, and patients requiring supplemental oxygen, dementia, and Alzheimer’s.
(22 CCR  77135)
 
The law precludes the PHF from housing patients who are non-ambulatory, meaning they are unable to transfer their own weight.
(Health & Safety Code Section 1275.1)
 
The Psychiatric Health Facility Program Supervisor can be reached at (805) 781-4752
 
The Patients’ Rights Advocate can be reached at (805) 781-4738

Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program Overview

This is a grant-funded program supporting Public Health and healthcare partners to prevent, prepare, respond, and recover from medical and health emergencies.

Public Pool / Public Spa Construction

This service allows you to apply for a permit to construct or modify a Public Pool or Spa within San Luis Obispo County.

Please note, additional permitting may be required by the local city or county jurisdiction Planning and Building Department.

Public Pool / Public Spa Health Permit

This service allows you to apply for or renew a permit to operate a Public Pool and/or Spa Facility within San Luis Obispo County.

Public Pool / Public Spa Inspection

This service allows you to request an inspection of your public pool and/or spa facility operated within San Luis Obispo County.

Quality Support Team

The Quality Support Team (QST) performs a variety of tasks designed to measure and improve the quality of services provided by Behavioral Health. We monitor access and outcome information and work in collaboration with the state Department of Health Care Services to ensure that SLO residents obtain needed mental health and substance use disorder treatment.

Quit Smoking Classes

The Public Health Department provides free cessation classes to help individuals and families quit and stay off tobacco. Pregnant women, or parents of children 0-5, are eligible for one-on-one sessions.

Rabies Vaccinations

Animal Services provides low cost rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats to the public. These vaccinations are provided at the Animal Services shelter during scheduled vaccine hours (see below). The Division also holds occasional vaccination clinics at locations around the county.

Recovery Support Services

Recovery Support Services is provided to individuals upon completion of their treatment episode. We continue to provide care management, support, and guidance to ease the participant’s transition back into their community. This allows individuals to continue with minimal treatment services while participating in peer-to-peer support services as well as in existing Alumni groups.

Report a Found Animal

If you have found a lost animal, it's important to remember that there is probably a worried owner looking for it somewhere. Taking it in off the street is the first step in keeping the animal safe and helping it get back home. But, there are still several more things which need to be done. If you are unable to locate the owner within 24 hours, contact County Animal Services and let us know you've found a stray animal. We'll dispatch an officer to pick it up during normal business hours and do our best to reunite it with its owner.

Report a Lost Pet

Discovering that your animal has gotten loose and gone missing can be a frightening and traumatic experience. However, it is important not to panic as there are several steps you can take to help increase your odds of being reunited with your lost pet. The likelihood of successfully finding your animal will be significantly improved if you act swiftly and if you remain persistent in your efforts. Animal Services receives and maintains a log of animals reported as lost or found from around San Luis Obispo County. Lost animal reports are also forwarded to our officers in the field to help identify and reunite lost pets with their owners.

Report a Public Health Emergency

This service provides contact information to reach Public Health in an Emergency.

Residential Housing Information

This service provides information for common complaints regarding residential rental housing.

Residential Wellness Counseling Program

This Federally funded grant program is aimed at providing local college campuses with early intervention resources to address students at risk of or experiencing First Episode Psychosis (FEP).

Reuniting Stray Animals with Owners

Animal Services works hard to match impounded and found animals to lost pet reports filed with the division. Many times, our staff is able to reunite animal owners with a missing pet before it ever makes it in to the shelter.

Animal Services also maintains an on line listing of all the animals currently in our shelter and owners looking for a lost pet are encouraged to check there daily. Because descriptions of animals may vary, however, it is important for the owners of lost pets to come into the shelter and look for their lost animal frequently.

Animal Services also provides a number of other resources and information to aid pet owners in finding a missing animal. For more information, check out our Lost and Found Animals page.

Rural Community Youth & Family Outreach

Funded through local Preventive Health Grants, these programs provide outreach to youth and families in the rural regions of the county and focus on Latino students and families.

San Luis Obispo Health Integration Project (SLO-HIP)

The County of San Luis Obispo's Behavioral Health Department received a federal grant from the Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to improve integration of physical and behavioral health care for individuals with severe mental illness, by providing medical services at a Behavioral Health Services site.  

The goals of the grant are to:

  • Reduce chronic disease among the severely mentally ill population through early detection, intervention and prevention education.
  • Improve access to a full range of integrated health services by employing a peer wellness coach with lived experience, to support participating individuals.
  • Enhance information sharing between providers through electronic health information exchange.

The Health Agency, in partnership with the Community Health Centers of the Central Coast (CHC) and Transitions- Mental Health Association (TMHA), are working together to provide the following services at the Health Campus in San Luis Obispo: 

  • Primary care screenings
  • Chronic disease management
  • Tobacco cessation services
  • Nutrition and fitness education
  • Substance use treatment
  • Specialty care referrals
  • Peer recovery support
  • Integrated treatment planning:
  • Mental health
  • Preventive health
  • Health and wellness goals

Physical health screenings and exams will take place on CHC's "Clinic On Wheels."

To enroll in the SLO Health Integration Project (SLO-HIP) please call:
(805) 788- 6894   
Please leave your name and phone number and a SLO-HIP staff member will return your call.

Services Affirming Family Empowerment (SAFE)

SAFE teams convene in four areas of the county: North, Coast, San Luis Obispo, and Arroyo Grande  to provide various levels of service and provide multi-agency collaboration and coordination to seriously emotionally disturbed children and their families. 
 

Sexual and Reproductive Health

The Public Health Department provides friendly, confidential, free or low-cost reproductive and sexual health services and birth control for women, men and teens. This program seeks to reduce unintended pregnancy by providing access to the information, clinical preventive services and resources necessary to ensure that all pregnancies are healthy, well-timed and intended. The Department works to prevent the spread of STDs by providing STD testing, treatment and education. This includes:

... and more. 

Shots for School

Parents must show proof of their child's immunizations prior to school admission. The Public Health Department offers a variety of vaccines, including those required by California schools.

Small Public Drinking Water System Health Permit

This service allows you to apply for or renew a permit to operate a Small Public Drinking Water System within San Luis Obispo County.

Small Public Drinking Water System Inspection

This service allows you to request an inspection of your Small Public Drinking Water System located within San Luis Obispo County.

Solid Waste Submit Annual Statement of Ownership

This service allows you to submit an Annual Statement of Ownership for Solid Waste Permittee form.

Email your completed form to our office (ehs@co.slo.ca.us).

Solid Waste Vehicle Health Permit

This service allows you to apply for or renew a permit to operate a Solid waste Collection Vehicle within San Luis Obispo County.

Solid Waste Vehicle Inspection

This service allows you to request an inspection of your Solid Waste Collection Vehicle operated within San Luis Obispo County.

STD Testing and Treatment

Public Health provides friendly, low-cost, and confidential (private) STD testing, treatment, and education. This includes testing, treatment and education for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)—sometimes referred to as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)—such as chlamydia, ghonorrhea, syphilis and others. 

Student Support Counseling

The Behavioral Health Department's Prevention and Outreach division provides student support counseling services at schools throughout the County. Referrals into the program are made directly through the school. See the list of participating schools below for more information.
 

Successful Launch

With the support of Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funding, Cuesta College provides high risk transitional aged youth (TAY) with supportive life-skill services intended to facilitate self-sufficiency and independent living - critical to successful early adulthood.

Suspected Abuse Response Team (SART)

The Suspected Abuse Response Team (SART) is a victim-sensitive program providing immediate and compassionate forensic medical examinations for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. SART examinations are available with or without law enforcement involvement.

Swap Meet Food Facility Health Permit

This service allows you to apply for or renew a permit to operate a Swap Meet booth with food service within San Luis Obispo County.

TB Testing

The Public Health Department provides tuberculosis (TB) clearance testing for work, school or volunteer activities. The Department also provides consultation to medical providers and community members about the diagnosis and treatment of both TB infection and TB disease.

Temporary Body Art Event Practitioner Registration

This service allows you to apply for or renew a permit to operate a Temporary Body Art Facility within San Luis Obispo County.

Temporary Food Facility Health Permit

This service allows you to apply for or renew a permit to operate a Temporary Food Facility within San Luis Obispo County.

Therapeutic Behavioral Services

What is this service:
Therapeutic Behavioral Services (TBS) are designed to help children or youth and their parents/caregivers (when available) manage behaviors utilizing short-term, behavioral interventions targeting measurable goals that are based on the child or youth and family’s needs.
 

Tiered Permitting Hazardous Materials/Waste Program Permit

This service allows you to apply for a permit to install a treatment system for facilities located within San Luis Obispo County where hazardous waste materials are generated onsite. Treatment systems are needed by facilities who want to reduce the volume of waste.

Tobacco Prevention

The Public Health Department conducts outreach and community education, works with local jurisdictions to create tobacco-free environments through policy, reduces youth access to tobacco, and provides free classes to help individuals and families quit and stay off tobacco. The Tobacco Control Coalition meets regularly at Public Health and helps provide direction and support to the Department's tobacco prevention activities.

Transitional Aged Youth (TAY) Full Service Partnership

The Transitional Age Youth Full Service Partnership program serves youth between the ages of 16-25 of all races and ethnicities. Young adults served include those with serious emotional disturbances/serious mental illness and a chronic history of psychiatric hospitalizations; law enforcement involvement; co-occurring disorders.
 

Travel Shots

The Public Health Department offers a variety of vaccines for your foreign travel. Make an appointment (ideally 4-6 weeks before your trip) to get vaccines or medicines you may need.

Underground Storage Tank Facility Inspection

This service allows you to request an inspection of your Underground Storage Tank site located within San Luis Obispo County. Annual inspections are required to verify compliance with leak detection, leak prevention, spill response, and permit requirements. Triennial inspections are required to verify tightness of secondary containment systems.

Underground Storage Tank Facility Permit

This service allows you to apply for or renew a permit to operate an Underground Storage Tank site within San Luis Obispo County.

Underground Storage Tank System Installation/Modification

This service allows you to apply for a permit to construct or modify an Underground Storage Tank system within San Luis Obispo County.

Underground Storage Tank System Removal

This service allows you to apply for a permit to remove an Underground Storage Tank system within San Luis Obispo County. Permits are required to remove Underground Storage Tank systems and inspections are required to verify compliance with issued permits.

Underground Storage Tanks Program Forms and References

This service allows you to submit required Underground Storage Tank Program forms.

Vaccines & Immunizations

The Public Health Department offers a wide range of vaccinations, including shots for school or for foreign travel. Vaccinations are available by appointment at three clinic locations.

To find out which vaccination you need, check out the CDC's recommended vaccine schedule.  You can also check out the CDC recommendations for your age group, health status, pregnancy, and foreign travel.

Valley Fever

Valley Fever (or Coccidioidomycosis) is an infection caused by inhalation of spores of the fungus, Coccidioides, which lives naturally in the soil. It is highly endemic in Arizona and some areas of California, including San Luis Obispo County, Monterey County and the Central Valley region.

Veterans Outreach Program

The Veteran’s Outreach Program provides increased outreach and access to mental health services for veterans, by providing rehabilitative activities and counseling services. The County hosts various physical, rehabilitative activities for veterans and their families throughout the year in various locations.

These activities, including hiking, kayaking, and horseback riding, are safe, culturally appropriate, prosocial opportunities for the Department's Veterans Services Therapist to engage veterans – who are unlikely to seek mental health care through clinic settings.

The Veterans Outreach Program is part of the Mental Health Services Act plan, and provided by the Behavioral Health Department. For more information on Veterans services and benefits, please visit the County's Veterans Services Office page.

Veterans Treatment Services

The Behavioral Health Department's Veterans Mental Health Therapist provides individual and group therapy services for veterans and their family members. The therapist is housed at the Veterans Service Office in San Luis Obispo, a culturally competent environment for veterans and their families to seek support and engage in behavioral health services, and also offers services to participants of Veterans Treatment Court.

Services may include:

  • Screening, Assessment and Treatment Recommendations
  • Treatment Planning
  • Individual and Group Psychotherapy
  • Access to Psychiatry and Medication services
  • Resource and referral to Veterans benefits services

Please call (805) 748-2403 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

The Veterans Treatment Program is part of the Mental Health Services Act plan, and provided by the Behavioral Health Department. For more information on Veterans services and benefits, please visit the County's Veterans Services Office page.

Waste Tires

The purpose of this program is to protect public health and the environment from the effects of improper disposal of waste tires including potential threats to the public health, safety, and environment, particularly when they are improperly maintained or catch fire. These negative environmental effects include habitat for pests and vectors, toxic smoke and residues, and contaminated air, water, and soil. The goals of this program are accomplished through a program of inspection, permitting, complaint investigation, public education, and assistance to industry.

Water Well Construction Permit Application

This service allows you to apply for a permit to construct a new Drinking Water Well within San Luis Obispo County.

Water Well Destruction Permit Application

This service allows you to apply for a permit to destroy an existing Drinking Water Well located within San Luis Obispo County.

Well Drillers Resources

This service provides information and instructions for Well Drillers.

Wellness Advocates

Transitions Mental Health Association (TMHA) provides advocates to link people referred from PEI projects in need of social supports and basic needs

Wildfires and Your Health

This service provides you with information on how to protect your health from the harmful effects of wildfires.

Withdrawal Management - Detox

Drug and Alcohol provides interventions aimed at managing acute withdrawal as part of caring for substance-related disorders, including: Evaluation, Stabilization of the patient, often with the use of medications, and Fostering support for recovery.

Withdrawal Management services are for alcohol withdrawal treatment, opiate withdrawal treatment, and methamphetamine withdrawal support.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a nutrition education program that helps families eat well and stay healthy. WIC provides healthy foods, nutrition counseling and education, breastfeeding support, referrals to health care and other helpful services.

Wraparound Services

Wraparound services are based on a “whatever it takes model.”  Services are individualized, strength based and the family and youth/child perspectives are intentionally elicited and prioritized during all phases of the Wraparound process.     
 

Young Adult Counseling

This Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funded prevention and early intervention program provides free counseling and early identification of mental health issues for transitional aged youth (16-25) who do not have access to counseling or therapy.

For more information, please call the Young Adult Counseling program at (805) 781-4290.

Youth & Family Substance Use Treatment

A full array of outpatient treatment services, including those that require family involvement, such as group counseling, family counseling, multi-family groups, and individual youth counseling for adolescents with substance use disorders (SUD).

Services include:

  • Case Management
  • Drug Testing
  • Psychotherapy
  • Screening and Assessment
  • Treatment Planning
  • Walk-In Clinics (see this page for locations and times)

Other programs include:

Youth Group Home/Residential Mental Health Services

The Behavioral Health Department provides mental health services to youth who have been placed in residential treatment facilities or group homes in or out of county by the following agencies:

  1. Department of Social Services;
  2. Probation Department;
  3. School Districts, as part of an Individual Education Plan (IEP).

Youth Mental Health Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient services include a wide variety of services to children and youth, typically aged 0-18, in the community.  
Please contact our access line at 1 (800) 838-1381 for information or to schedule an appointment. All services are available in Spanish.


Staff focus on the best practice of partnering with the family in the development of a treatment plan that is: needs driven, strength based, solution focused, and identifies and builds on participant and family strengths. 

Our goal is instilling hope and optimism to assist children and families in developing mastery over their own lives so that they can stay together in their homes, school and community.

Services include:

  • Assessment
  • Treatment Planning
  • Psychotherapy
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Psychiatry
  • Case Management

Other programs include:

Zika Information

The Public Health Department continues to closely monitor the evolving Zika virus situation and recommends residents be aware of risks associated with travel to areas with Zika virus transmission and what precautions they should take.

Health care providers may find information about Zika virus testing services available at our County Public Health Laboratory in this Specimen collection and transport fact sheet or by calling (805) 781-5507.