Resources for Clients

Information

Support
  • Recovery Learning Communities feature consumer-run activities and learning opportunities.  For more information about South County (Santa Barbara), contact the Mental Wellness Center, (805) 884-8440. For information about North County (Lompoc and Santa Maria), call Transitions-Mental Health Association, (805) 540-6500.  These organizations also maintain peer-run friendship telephone lines for consumers.
  • Support groups in English and Spanish address a variety of concerns. For more information, ask at an Behavioral Wellness clinic or Recovery Learning Community in your region.
  • A directory of resources for adults is maintained by Common Ground.
  • Peer Recovery Specialists in the Partners in Hope Program assists consumers in recovery-based activities. In South County, call Maureen Mina, 681-5455 or Silvia Perez, 681-5273. In North County contact Diana Zavala, 934-6581.
  • The Community Action Commission maintains the  2-1-1 Helpline and searchable online resource directory, the most comprehensive listing of health and social services and support groups in Santa Barbara County It may be searched by key word or city.
  • WISE (Workforce Integration, Support and Education) helps employers in California's public mental health system recruit and retain consumer and family member staff.
Advocacy

  • The Department of Behavioral Wellness Consumer and Family Member Advisory Committee meets monthly.  To be placed on the e-mail mailing list, call (805) 681-5323. An application to serve as a voting member is here (in English and Spanish).
  • Meetings of the Santa Barbara County Behavioral Wellness Commission are also open to the public. 
  • A brochure introducing Behavioral Wellness systems change is available in English and Spanish.  More information about systems change is here.
  • For Medi-Cal beneficiaries, a variety of forms and booklets are available pertaining to consumer rights and the  Medi-Cal beneficiary grievance process. Information for Medi-Cal beneficiaries is here.  Patients' rights information is here.
  • Information about Patients' Rights Advocates is here.
  • Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services (PEERS) promotes mental health, empowerment and social inclusion.  
  • California Association of Mental Health Peer-Run Organizations (CAMHPRO) is an incorporated consumer-run statewide organization consisting of member entities that are established, independent and successful consumer-run organizations.
  • Disability Rights California advances the rights of Californians with disabilities.  
  • The California Association of Rehabilitation Agencies (CASRA) is dedicated to improving services and social conditions for people with psychiatric disabilities by promoting their recovery, rehabilitation and rights.   
  • The National Empowerment Center helps organize and develop individuals and consumer-run organizations to transform the mental health service system toward a more recovery-oriented and consumer-and family-driven approach.  
  • Under Prop 63/the Mental Health Services Act, the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) oversees the Adults and Older Adults Systems of Care Act; Human Resources; Innovative Programs; Prevention & Early Intervention Programs; and the Children's Mental Health Services Act.