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The Mental Health Administration of Contra Costa Health Services

The Mental Health Adminstration (MHA) provides mental health services for residents of Contra Costa County. These services are provided through a system of care that includes MHA staff, community-based organizations, and a network of private therapists. Services for adults are provided to those with serious mental disabilities or those in acute crisis. MHA is the mental health care provider for Medi-Cal beneficiaries and the uninsured. It is located at 1340 Arnold Drive, Suite 200, Martinez, California 94553. MHA can be reached at 925-957-5150 or by fax at 925-957-5156.

Any Contra Costa resident who experiences a mental or emotional crisis can get help from MHA crisis services 24 hours a day, seven days a week in person or over the phone as follows:

  • Crisis Stabilization Unit
    Contra Costa Regional Medical Center (north side)
    2500 Alhambra Avenue in Martinez
  • For emergencies and referral information call 1-888-678-7277 any time day or night. The call is free.

The Contra Costa Crisis Center

Highly trained, award-winning crisis counselors can be reached 24-hours a day, 365 days a year at the Contra Costa Crisis Center by calling any of the following numbers:

  • (800) 833-2900
  • (800) 273-TALK
  • (800) SUICIDE

Serving the entirety of Contra Costa County, the Crisis Center keeps people alive and safe, helping them through crises and connecting them with culturally relevant resources in the community. The Crisis Center handles eighteen total hotlines, including all local calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. All services are free, confidential, and available 24-hours a day to anyone in need of crisis counseling, grief counseling, homeless services, youth services, suicide prevention, and more.

Additionally, the Crisis Center is the authorized provider in Contra Costa County for the national, toll-free 211 Information and Referral Program. Using the 211 database of 2,500 resources in 12 languages, trained resource specialists answer calls from people in the community who need health and social services. Assistance is available around the clock simply by dialing 211.

Mental Health Consumer Concerns (MHCC)

MHCC provides Contra Costa County residents with three Wellness and Recovery Centers. The centers offer a safe, secure and non-judgmental atmosphere for mental health consumers to socialize, learn and receive peer support. Call (925) 521-1230 for additional information.

The International Center for Clubhouse Development (ICCD)

ICCD is a global network that creates opportunities for people recovering from mental illness to be respected and fully-participating members of society.  ICCD helps to develop and strengthen more than 400 clubhouse communities in 28 countries, including Putnam Clubhouse.

NAMI Contra Costa

NAMI Contra Costa County is a grassroots, family and consumer self-help support and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with severe mental illnesses, i.e., schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic depression), clinical depression, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and PTSD.

Housing

The Shelter Hotline is a toll-free number dedicated to assisting homeless persons to access the adult interim-housing program (shelter). Call 800-799-6599.

The Contra Costa County Homeless Program ensures an integrated system of care from prevention through intervention for homeless individuals and families within our community. They have a supportive housing coordinator who can help to find housing over time. Call 925-313-6124.

To learn more about housing options in Contra Costa County, you can view online an educational video presentation, Raising the Roof: Meeting the Housing Needs of Mental Health Consumers and Their Families. You can find additional materials and information related to the Raising the Roof presentation and housing issues in general at a special online housing forum.

Rubicon Programs

Through the coordination of intake, mental health, housing, legal, and employment services Rubicon provides a comprehensive approach to the multiple issues that its clients have to overcome. Rubicon provides programs that assist people who are homeless, economically disadvantaged, have mental health disabilities or other barriers. You can contact their Richmond office at (510) 235-1516.

Early Assessment and Intervention Program for Psychotic Illness

As with heart disease and cancer, treatment for mental illness is generally most effective and benign in the earliest stages. Delays in treatment are associated with a slower and less complete recovery. As many as half of all cases of psychotic illness can be prevented, but this can only be done by early identification by those who first notice that something is wrong. In other words, you can help prevent mental illness through recognizing the early signs of psychosis.

First Hope: Early Identification and Intervention to Prevent Psychosis is a Mental Health Services Act Prevention and Early Intervention Program of Contra Costa County Behavioral Health Services. The mission of the First Hope program is to reduce the incidence of psychosis and the secondary disability of those developing a psychotic illness by providing outreach, community education, and clinical services that engage and rapidly treat those identified as being at risk. Contra Costa residents ages 12 through 25 who are at risk for psychosis or showing early warning signs may be eligible for comprehensive services. Eligibility will be determined after clinical assessment. For consultation or referral call 925-681-4450.

To learn more about early identification and intervention, watch this video presentation by psychologist Rachel Loewy from UCSF.

Online Resources for Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia.com is the leading independent information source on schizophrenia diagnosis, treatment, news, blogs, support, and education.

Bipolar Disorder Resources

An extensive list of online resources regarding bipolar disorder can be found at www.psychcentral.com/resources/Bipolar. Additional resources about Bipolar Disorder can be found here.

LGBTQ Support

The Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County fosters a sense of community among LGBTQ persons and enhances their lives by providing social opportunities, health and wellness services, political and educational programs, and is guided by a commitment to acceptance and equality.

Research

An effective treatment for the cognitive dysfunction of schizophrenia has yet to be found. Antipsychotic medications, adjunctive cognitive-enhancing agents, and psychosocial methods have had little or only modest impact on this aspect of the illness. In the following video presentation, Entering the Golden Age of Schizophrenia Treatment, Dr. Sophia Vinogradov discusses her research using an innovative approach to restoring cognitive function in schizophrenia that’s based on the principles of learning-induced neuroplasticity in the brain. Her findings to date are highly promising and take us to the threshold of an exciting new era of treatment that will allow individuals with schizophrenia greater success in the world. Dr. Vinogradov is a Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF; Director of the Prodrome Assessment, Research, and Treatment Program at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute; and the Associate Chief of Mental Health Services for Research and Education at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Entering the Golden Age of Schizophrenia Treatment was recorded live on October 14, 2009 in Concord, California at Putnam Clubhouse’s annual education and fundraising event.

Dr. Sophia Vinogradov’s Lecture on Schizophrenia from Putnam Clubhouse on Vimeo.

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