All Behavioral Health clinics are deemed essential services during the Shelter in Home order. Our first priority is for clients and our community to stay safe and stay calm. We would like to reassure you that we will continue to provide you with behavioral health care in the safest way possible including offering telephone appointments in lieu of in-person visits. Both medication services and therapy/counseling services will be provided over telephone or via telehealth. Behavioral Health clinics requests all clients to call if they are needing urgent services at this time. Staff will also call our current clients over the next week to check on them. Our goal is to continue to provide consistent care as much as possible.
Following Public Health screening guidelines, all walk-in visitors will be asked to wait outside the doors until they are screened by a staff member for symptoms. Once we are back to normal operations, your treatment team will contact you to reschedule all appointments. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these difficult times!
If you are in crisis, please call the Central Coast Hotline at (800) 783-0607. You may also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HELLO to ‘741-741’.
If you need to begin Behavioral Health services, please call the access line at (800) 838-1381.
Visit www.ReadySLO.org for the latest public health updates and recommendations or call the SLO Public Health information line at (805) 788-2903.
The Justice Services Division is focused on providing co-occurring treatment for individuals who are at risk of being incarcerated or who have already entered the criminal justice system.
Our division is committed to making a difference and supporting the ‘Stepping Up Initiative’, which is a national initiative to reduce the number of people in jail who have mental illness.
Individuals who have serious mental illnesses stay in jail longer and are at higher risk of returning to incarceration. This cycle can be addressed by providing treatment services and improving coordination between criminal justice, mental health, substance use treatment and other community agencies.
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.
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
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.
Please contact our access line at 1 (800) 838-1381 for information or to schedule an appointment. All services are available in Spanish.