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Watch! Mental Illness: It's not always what you think






(Published in 2016)


The 2010 United States Census reported that Sacramento County had a population of 1,418,788. The racial makeup of Sacramento County was 815,151 (57.5%) White, 200,228 (15.4%) African American, 14,308 (1.0%) Native American, 203,211 (14.3%) Asian, 13,858 (1.0%) Pacific Islander, 131,691 (9.3%) from other races, and 93,511 (6.6%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 306,196 persons (21.6%).[26]

Adult Mental Health Services

We promote the optimal physical, intellectual, social and emotional well-being of adults and older adults with serious mental illness. We offer inpatient, outpatient, acute care services, subacute care, and residential care through a variety of county-operated and contracted providers.
How to Access Adult Mental Health Services 
The Mental Health Access Team is the entry point for mental health services for adults and older adults ages 18 years and older.  The Mental Health Access Team conducts over the phone screening, assessments, and linkage, and referral information.

Mental Health Access Team
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (916) 875-1055
TTY/TDD: (916) 876-8892
Fax: (916) 875-1190
After Hours: (888) 881-4881

Children's Mental Health Services

We provide a full array of culturally competent and linguistically proficient mental health services to children and youth ages 0-21 years.  Services include prevention and early intervention services; outpatient services; case management; crisis intervention and stabilization services; and inpatient psychiatric hospitalization.
How to Access Children's Mental Health Services
The Mental Health Access Team is the entry point for mental health services for children and youth ages 0-21 years.  The  Mental Health Access Team conducts over the phone triage, assessments, and linkage/referral to county-operated or contracted mental health service providers.

Mental Health Access Team
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (916) 875-1055
Toll Free: (888) 881-4881
TTY/TDD: (916) 876-8892
Fax: (916) 875-9970
After Hours: (888) 881-4881


Stop Stigma Sacramento

Mental illness does not discriminate. But sometimes people do.
Stigma and discrimination against those living with mental illness is widespread and reaches into schools and institutions of learning, employment, housing, health care and media. It causes shame, prejudice and hopelessness and inhibits over half of those living with mental illness from seeking treatment. This creates serious personal and societal consequences. When shame is removed from the equation, people with mental illness will more readily seek treatment, achieve recovery and engage in meaningful activities.
Stigma is the largest obstacle to recovery, treatment and societal acceptance for people living with mental illness. Stigma and discrimination was a major theme during Sacramento County's Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) community planning process from 2005-2011. Continuing the efforts of the MHSA initiative, the Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Health Services (DBHS) initiated a multimedia, mental health promotion and stigma and discrimination reduction project. The goal is to fundamentally change negative attitudes and perceptions about mental illness and demonstrate that people living with mental illness are everyday people leading meaningful lives.
The anti-stigma and discrimination project ultimately seeks to eliminate the barriers to achieving full inclusion in society and increase access to mental health resources to support individuals and families. All of us can make a difference by making a commitment to end stigma and discrimination.


Program spotlight: Turning Point

Provides psychiatric services, support and advocacy for adults, children, transitional age youth and families. Programs include homeless intervention, residential and transitional services, and employment services. To get access to these services, contact the Adult ACCESS Team.

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phone: (916) 364-8395