Mental Health

Mental Health

The Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) Mental Health Branch provides services for residents who are experiencing symptoms of mental illness. Both County-operated and community-based clinics provide services ranging from outpatient to long-term care. Together, these programs create a system of care for individuals of all ages experiencing mental health problems. Mental health services are provided in several languages. 

Our goal is to help you avoid hospitalization and help you live and thrive within your community. To do so we use a “whatever it takes” approach to support the wellness and recovery process.

Tulare County provides services at two adult mental health clinics—one in Visalia and one in Porterville—and one children’s clinic, in Porterville. We work with community-based providers to make mental health services available throughout the county.

Mental health services may include:

-  Individual, group, and family therapy
-  Psychiatric evaluation, consultation, and medication support
-  Crisis emergency assistance
-  Health care referrals
-  Services at school for children and youth
-  Substance abuse and mental health coordinated services

Mental health case managers work to provide connections to other services that may help consumers live independently within the community.

We also maintain two large, recreational-type vehicles that are used as mobile clinics, making it much easier for our rural populations to get access to therapy, education, peer support, medication guidance, and health screenings. And our One-Stop Centers, of which there is one each in northern, central, and southern Tulare County, provide youth ages 12 – 24 with not only mental health services but also employment opportunities, training in life skills like budgeting, cooking, and self-care, and referrals to a wide array of other helpful services.

Alcohol & Other Drug Prevention, Treatment & Recovery Services
Alcohol & Other Drug Prevention, Treatment & Recovery Services

A division of Tulare County’s Health & Human Services Agency, the Mental Health Branch supports healthy children, adults, families, and communities by providing regional services to reduce substance use disorders

Children of Promise Project
Children of Promise Project

Improving grades and attendance, managing emotional ups and downs, and remaining or becoming drug-free are challenges often faced by youth and adolescents. The Children of Promise project helps middle and high school-aged children overcome these challenges and get their lives on track for success.

Community Warm Line
Community Warm Line

When you need to talk to someone about your anxieties or concerns, try the Tulare County Warm Line. The Warm Line is a number you can call when you need to speak with someone who will listen to your concerns without judgment or criticism.

Family Interaction
Family Interaction

Family Interaction therapy emphasizes the relationship between you and your child. You will learn skills that will help you provide the type of support, guidance, and nurturing your child requires, while also helping you to develop a stronger connection with your child.

LGBTQ Youth Resources
LGBTQ Youth Resources

Tulare County partners with The Trevor Project to provide a 24-hour crisis and suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning) youth in crisis, as well as for their family and friends.

Mental Health Clinical Services
Mental Health Clinical Services

Mental health clinics provide services that help individuals with mental illness manage their symptoms and avoid crises. Our goal is to help you avoid hospitalization and help you live and thrive within your community.

Mental Health Court
Mental Health Drug Court

Offered to consumers that the District Attorney deems eligible and the Mental Health branch finds suitable, Mental Health Court (MHC) provides mental health treatment as an alternative to jail.

Mental Health Crisis Line
Mental Health Crisis Line

Our Crisis Line provides a resource for individuals (and their family and friends) with mental illness and those considering suicide.

Mental Health Family Advocate
Mental Health Family Advocate

The Family Advocate provides information, support, and referrals for community resources as family caregivers navigate Tulare County mental health services.

 

Mental Health Patients Rights Advocate
Mental Health Patients Rights Advocate

Your local patient’s rights advocate is available to help you express your concerns and to provide information so that you can make the best decisions about your mental health care while in the hospital.

Mental Health Problem Resolution
Mental Health Problem Resolution

When you, as a consumer or family member of a consumer, are not satisfied with services being provided, we will work to resolve any problems or concerns you may have.

Preschool Expulsion
Preschool Expulsion

The Reducing Preschool Expulsion program provides services for children whose disruptive behavior puts them at risk of being expelled.

Special Friends
Special Friends

The Special Friends program helps children in kindergarten through third grade who may be in danger of developing behavioral problems.

Suicide Prevention
Suicide Prevention

Although it’s a preventable public health problem, suicide has touched many of us in one way or another.