Psychiatric Health Facility (Inpatient)

Psychiatric Health Facility (Inpatient) Resources
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Please read the following information so you know how to continue to receive services during the temporary COVID-19 public health emergency. Some Behavioral Health programs may require additional forms to be completed. Please reach out to your treatment team with questions and concerns.

Telehealth over Zoom for Health

To avoid a delay in completing your treatment program, County of San Luis Obispo Behavioral Health will begin offering Remote Client Services. Remote Client Services will enable you to continue program with a certified counselor via a virtual meeting platform called Zoom.

In order to help you participate in Zoom Remote Client Services, we have created user-friendly instructions and tutorials found here. Your treatment team will be in contact with you over email with a web link so you may join your sessions virtually through a computer, tablet, or phone.

Who can use this service?

This service is available to individuals who meet Medi-Cal medical necessity criteria as well as:

  • Individuals who, per Welfare and 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 Psychiatric Health Facility (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.

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 based on the following criteria:
As a result of a mental disorder*, the individual is deemed to be:

  1. A danger to self,
  2. A danger to others, or
  3. Gravely disabled (no ability to nourish oneself, obtain clothing or shelter, no third party caregiver).

 *mental health conditions covered by CCR Title IX 1820.205

Is there a charge for this service?

Inpatient services at the Psychiatric Health Facility are free for most SLO Medi-Cal (CenCal) beneficiaries.  Individuals with private insurance are most often transferred to out-of-county alternative psychiatric treatment facilities.

When and where is this service offered?

This service is available in San Luis Obispo County. Psychiatric crisis emergency services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 1 (800) 838-1381. 

Location, directions and hours of operation

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

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