County Spotlight - Mendocino

(Published in 2016)

Mendocino (formerly, Big River, Meiggstown, and Mendocino City) is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Mendocino is located 9.5 miles (15 km) south of Fort Bragg, at an elevation of 154 feet (47 m). The population of the census-designated place (CDP) was 894 at the 2010 census, up from 824 at the 2000 census. The town's name comes from Cape Mendocino, named by early Spanish navigators in honor of Antonio de Mendoza, Viceroy of New Spain.

Despite its small size, the town's scenic location on a headland surrounded by the Pacific Ocean has made it extremely popular as an artist colony and with vacationers.


Full Service Partnerships for Children, Youth, and Families
Children 0-5 receive full services. All children and families with Full Service Partnerships, including those already in place through the wraparound services program, have the opportunity to benefit from the Parent Partners Program, the Family Respite Service Program, and if appropriate, the Bicultural Therapy services provided through contracts with Nuestra Casa and Consolidated Tribal Health Project.

Full Service Partnerships for Transition Age Youth
"Strategies proposed for the Transitional Age Youth System of Care (TSOC) Program are available to transition age youth with Full Service Partnerships. TAYs living in the Congregate Living Facility in Fort Bragg and TAYs in the non-MediCal FSP slots have access to flex funding and use the services provided through the Peer Mentoring Program, the Supported Education Program and the Resource Centers."

Full Service Partnerships for Adults
Provides access to additional services: work recovery coach program, resource centers, warm line, mobile crisis response, and client empowerment Coordination. Serves participants in North County wraparound services for homeless adults, the forensic mental health program, and the health clinic-based program, as well as clients with existing FSPs.

Full Service Partnerships for Older Adults
"All older adults enrolled in OASOC will have Full Service Partnerships. (In the past, older adults enrolled in OASOC have received a variety of support but have been under served in that they did not receive the full array of needed supports.)"


Bilingual and Bicultural Outreach and Engagement
Through a contract with Round Valley Tribal Health, four events promote mental wellness among tribal elders in this remote region of Mendocino County. Nuestra Casa, a community-based organization serving the Latino population, provides outreach and engagement services to assist isolated Latino seniors. Consolidated Tribal Health Project conducts outreach and engagement services to the Native American community.

Senior Peer Counseling
Provides training by qualified staff and a private geriatric specialist to individuals who make weekly visits to over 20 OASOC clients. The program has successfully improved the mental health status of many frail, home-bound older adults by the outreach of the peer counselors.


Scholarships and Loan Assistance in Support of Education Related to Public Mental Health Services
"Funds scholarships and loan assistance to those willing to commit to working with the public mental health system. Funded coursework must be applicable to a certificate or degree related to the mental health field (e.g. human services, counseling, social work, psychology, etc.) Provides financial assistance to at least 5 students per year."

Education, Destigmatization, and Peer Support
"Interactive education modules provide information about mental health issuess common to all age groups, including signs and symptoms, red flags and intervention and treatment options. Designs interactive modules to make them replicable across the county and usable with a variety of audiences including the spectrum of age groups, the American Indian and Latino populations of our county, the medical community, the education community, law enforcement, mental health providers, public health nurses, social workers, paraprofessionals, parents, and others. Peer support project establishes support groups as needs surface through the educational sessions and links participants in the interactive education modules to any existing peer support groups as appropriate. Focuses on ongoing de-stigmatization of mental illness through supportive peers, along with encouragement and guidance to seek and accept treatment or other services that would contribute to emotional well-being. Provides trainer training on organizing and facilitating the interactive education modules, providing peer support, facilitating peer support groups."


Early Onset, Early Intervention: TAY
"This implementation strategy uses Ðbest practiceÓ screening instrument to be used by care providers, school counselors, doctors and other service providers to identify prodromal symptoms and mental illness and suicide risk. Facilitates earlier referrals to the Mental Health from schools, community health centers, physicians, private therapists, organizational providers and parents. "

Recovery Coach Program - Community Action for Recovery and Empowerment (C.A.R.E.)
Conducts outreach to homeless and other chronically mentally ill individuals and provides peer support.

Mobile Crisis - (C.A.R.E.)
Partners trained peer support counselors with Ukiah Police Department officers to respond to mental health crisis calls.

Warm Line - (C.A.R.E.)
A consumer-staff alternative to the existing HELP line provides support to prevent hospitalizations and other intensive interventions.

Resource Centers - (C.A.R.E.)
Establishes resource centers in up to 3 communities, with outreach services in outlying communities.