Prevention & Outreach Programs
The Behavioral Health Department has fully re-opened all of our locations for in person and walk-in care. We welcome the community back to our clinics, and we look forward to continuing to move towards fully available, safe, and accessible programs either in-person, or by telehealth. At this time, masks are required at all of our facilities, even for people who have been fully vaccinated. Visit SLOPublicHealth.org for the latest COVID-19 updates.
If you need to begin Behavioral Health services, please call the access line at (800) 838-1381. 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’.
The Prevention & Outreach Division of the Behavioral Health Department combines universal, selective, and indicated prevention, and early intervention strategies, along with targeted outreach and treatment for difficult-to-serve, and underserved populations. Several of the programs within the Division are part of the County's Mental Health Services Act plan.
Prevention & Outreach Mission Statement and Program Standards
San Luis Obispo County’s Behavioral Health Prevention and Outreach services provide a framework for collaborative county-wide prevention of substance abuse and its related problems, and the promotion of mental wellness and health.
The mission is achieved by engaging individuals, families, neighborhoods, and communities to promote safe and healthy environments through the following strategies:
- Information dissemination and media advocacy
- Education and skill building
- Alternative activities
- Problem identification, referral, and clinical care
- Community based processes
- Environmental and policy development
- Increased access to care
- Consumer and family driven services
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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