Department of
Mental Health
Are you feeling alone,
desperate or hopeless?
Please call!
24-Hour Suicide
Prevention Hotline
CA DMH Services & Programs

California’s public mental health system offers an array of community and hospital-based services that
are available to adults who have a serious mental illness and children with a severe emotional disorder.  
The following types of services are administered by the state, and directly provided or arranged for by
local (county) mental health departments. To find local mental health services, contact
your local
county mental health agency.

The Network of Care for Mental Health is a great online resource to get information about mental
health issues and to search for a wide variety of mental health and other support services in your local
community. The site also provides a repository of evidence-based practices – successful, creative
ways for communities to respond to their behavioral-health needs.

The California Department of Mental Health operates five state hospitals throughout California. Each
state hospital provides inpatient treatment services for Californians with serious mental illnesses.
Additionally, the department operates two correctional programs, Salinas Valley Psychiatric Program
and Vacaville Psychiatric Program.

    State Hospitals and Psychiatric Programs:

Mentally Disordered Offenders Program (MDO)
Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63)

Programs for Children and Youth

Programs for Adults

If you or someone you know is facing a life-threatening
emergency, please call 9-1-1.  
and crisis