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County Spotlight - Butte


(Published 2016)

Northern Valley Talk LineProgram Description

The Northern Valley Talk Line, provided by Northern Valley Catholic Social Services (NVCSS), is a non-crisis warm line offering peer to peer support, compassionate listening, and county-wide resource referrals.

4:30 pm to 9:30 pm, 7 days a week

The Northern Valley Talk Line started with 115 calls in August 2010. This was the lowest number of calls since inception. The highest number of calls was April 2014 with 1291. This is 1023% increase between the highest and lowest points. The average number of calls per month is 611 based on four years of data, however this increased significantly in Fiscal Year 2013-2014 to an average of 1027 calls per month. Find more information here.


The Oroville and Gridley Live Spots

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The Live Spots are a comprehensive youth program (9th - 12th grades) designed to build the skills and capacity of young people, provide opportunities for meaningful youth engagement and involvement in pro-social activities and reduce/prevent gang involvement/delinquency. The Live Spots offer youth led, youth developed programming, workshops, vocational/job opportunities, mentoring, supportive services and events. The Live Spots employ young people to develop, implement and evaluate the Live Spot programs and services. Young people are the primary partners at The Live Spots and are recruited to plan and implement all facets of youth activity at the center, from co-facilitating solution focused group meetings to being trained as youth evaluators. The Live Spots are a place where young people learn ways to contribute to the community.

For Fiscal Year 2013-2014 there were 766 individuals served (non-duplicated count) with a monthly average of 64.

For more information on either of the Live Spots’ locations, open hours and programming call 530-891-2891

Live Spot participants report that because of their involvement in the Live Spot they:
• Have more control over things that happen to them
• Feel better about themselves
• Feel better about their future
• Learned they could do things they couldn’t do before
• Feel they can make more of a difference
• Feel they are better at handling whatever comes my way


Hospital Alternative Program (HAP)

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The Hospital Alternative Program (HAP) specially trained Clinicians and Behavioral Health Counselors provide comprehensive response and support services to youth who are in need of intensive services as an alternative to being hospitalized following a 5150 screening. HAP is contracted with Youth for Change.

The Hospital Alternative Program (HAP) has seen a 100% increase, going from 33 to 66 individuals served per fiscal year, since July 2011 to June 2014.

There has been a 109% increase in the number of episodes discharged to their home or community since HAP began in July 2010 and a 75% decrease in the number of episodes discharged to residential, board and care or hospitalization.

46% less HAP individuals have been hospitalized since July 2011, whereas hospitalizations of non-HAP individuals have increased 24% during the same time period.


Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU)

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The Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) is a voluntary unit that connects individuals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (24/7) immediately to a mental health professional for telephone intervention, information, or referrals. Walk-in counseling is available 8:00 am to 5:00 pm for individuals to receive face-to-face crisis intervention and assessment.

Toll Free: 1-800-334-6622

An average of 61.64% of Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) consumers are not admitted to an inpatient setting (Psychiatric Health Facility or out-of-county hospitalization) within the same fiscal year. The CSU started with 100 consumers avoiding inpatient care in Fiscal Year 2008-2009 and 515 in Fiscal Year 2013-2014. This is a 415% change within the six fiscal years.

The Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) averages 673 discharges to the home or community care opposed to an average of 263 discharges to hospitalizations beginning July 2008 through June 2014.

Cultural Programs

Butte County incorporates cultural competency within all programs. The Zoosiab, African American Family and Cultural Center, Promotores, and SAYes programs focus on cultural groups specific to Butte County. These cultural groups include in corresponding order: Hmong elders, African American, and Latino and Hmong, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) communities. The programs provide education, awareness, early intervention, prevention, and support addressing specialized needs for these cultural groups.

Butte County offers the following cultural programs: African American Cultural & Family Center, Promotores, SAYes and Zoosiab. The cultural programs serve an estimated average of 415 individuals, provide an average of 162 events or trainings, and hold an average of 474 groups per fiscal year. The individuals served receive specialized services based on their cultural backgrounds. Events or trainings focus on prevention, education, awareness around the specific cultural community. Groups are designed to focus and address the cultural community’s needs.