Prevention & Outreach

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, distancing, and screening for COVID-19 will continue to be required at all of our facilities, even for people who have been fully vaccinated.

As a healthcare provider with vulnerable patients, we're continuing these requirements in alignment with recommendations from public health authorities. Our top priority is the safety of our patients, visitors, employees, and community. We will continue to provide updates about Behavioral Health programs and facilities and post the latest information on our COVID-19 page.

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 SLOPublicHealth.org for the latest public health updates and recommendations or call the SLO Public Health information line at (805) 788-2903.

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

 

Services

Cannabis Health and Safety

College Prevention & Wellness

Community Counseling

Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment for Adolescents

Customer Awareness Response Effort (CARE)- Not for Ourselves Alone

Drug Free Communities 101

Friday Night Live/Club Live/Cal Poly FNL

Mental Health First Aid

Middle School Comprehensive Program

Older Adult Mental Health Project

Positive Development Program

Opioid Safety Coalition

Parent Education and Support Programs

Residential Wellness Counseling Program

Rural Community Youth & Family Outreach

Student Support Counseling

Successful Launch

Wellness Advocates

Veterans Treatment Services

Youth & Family Substance Use Treatment

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