Risk & Prevention

Risk & Prevention

Preventive Medicine is an important and vital resource for living a happy and healthy life. HHSA is always striving to improve efficiency and find new avenues for protecting our clients in Risk Management and Preventive Medicine.

Alcohol & Other Drug (AOD) Prevention, Treatment & Recovery Services
Alcohol & Other Drug (AOD) 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.

AOD Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Access Line
AOD Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Access Line

SUD’s 24/7 Access Line, 1-866-732-4114 or TTY: 1-800-735-2922 is a confidential, free, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year information service for individuals and family members facing alcohol and drug addictions (substance use disorders).

Child Welfare Services
Child Welfare Services

Assists families in providing preventive services when health and safety issues occur. CWS is dedicated to helping families achieve safety and stability, making sure children are protected from abusive and potentially harmful situations, and ensuring families in our system receive the services they need.

Child Welfare Services Family Advocate
Child Welfare Services Family Advocate

The Child Welfare Services (CWS) Family Advocate provides assistance to families involved in the CWS system. This may include birth parents, children, relatives, and resource families.

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention

The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program works to prevent the damaging effects of lead poisoning. We can provide home visits, environmental home inspections, and nutritional assessments to families of children with severe lead poisoning.

Community Health Assessment (CHA) & Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)
Community Health Assessment (CHA) & Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)

The CHA is intended to assess health behaviors, health outcomes, and the social, economic, and environmental factors impacting health in Tulare County through the collection of data and by listening to the ideas and concerns of people and organizations from across the county.

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.

Foster Youth Resources
Foster Youth Resources

As a child or youth in foster care, you may experience many challenges; here are some resources to help you tackle them.

HIV / AIDS / STD
HIV / AIDS / STD

The HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education program provides education to community alcohol and drug rehabilitation groups to help prevent the spread of this disease.

Household Hazardous Waste
Household Hazardous Waste

The Household Hazardous Waste program will help you dispose of specific hazardous items properly and safely, offering several different recycling locations and events. 

Immunizations
Immunizations

To help Tulare County parents make sure their children get all the immunizations (shots) they need and at the right ages, the Immunization Program provides vaccines to children whose parents or guardians cannot afford them.

Local Oral Health Program (LOHP)
Local Oral Health Program (LOHP)

The Local Oral Health Program's (LOHP) mission is to improve the oral health of all Californians through prevention, education, and organized community efforts.

Mandated Reporting
Mandated Reporting

To make a report, a mandated reporter must contact the appropriate local law enforcement or county child welfare agency, listed on this page. 

Mental Health Crisis Line
Mental Health Crisis Line

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

Mental Health Drug Court
Mental Health 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.

Presumptive Transfers
Presumptive Transfers

A “presumptive transfer” establishes a prompt transfer of responsibility for arranging specialty mental health services from the county of original jurisdiction to the county in which a foster child resides.

Public Guardian
Public Guardian

The Public Guardian takes charge of the personal care and finances of a person who has been found by the court to be incapable of taking care of him- or herself.

Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP)
Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP)

PHEP plays a vital role in emergency preparedness. The program focuses on preparing for and responding to events that pose a substantial risk to the health of the county’s residents, including public health threats and other emergencies.

Reporting Child Abuse
Reporting Child Abuse

If you suspect child abuse or neglect, call the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800-331-1585; operators accept calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. 

Safely Surrender Your Baby
Safely Surrender Your Baby

There are options. Do not abandon your baby.

No Shame | No Blame | No Names

Dial 1-877-222-9723 (1-877-BABY-SAF)


Agency News

COVID-19 Contact Tracing and You

COVID-19 Contact Tracing and You

Contact tracing is vital to controlling the spread of the virus. It’s extremely important that everyone cooperate with contact tracers to make sure they get all the information needed to follow up on possible transmission of the virus. Want to become a contact tracer? Read on for more information.

Wash Your Hands Often to Stay Healthy

Wash Your Hands Often to Stay Healthy

Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy.