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

Mental Health Evaluation Team (MHET)

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?

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

Is there a charge for this service?

This service is provided free of charge.

When and where is this service offered?

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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

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

Call 9-1-1 if:

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

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

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