Kern County Behavioral Health Services

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the role of the Kern County Behavioral Health Board?

The mission of the Kern County Behavioral Health Board is to advocate for individuals and families living with mental illness and/or addiction by support and oversight of the Mental Health Department and recommendations to the Board of Supervisors. To view the Behavioral Health Board by-laws, click here.

Why choose Kern behavioral health and recovery services?

At Kern Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, we understand the complexities of substance use problems among youth and adults. Dealing with these is not easy, but there are people who can and know how to help.

What is the Kern County Mental Health hotline?

The Kern County Mental Health Hotline (KCMHH) provides crisis counseling, suicide intervention, coping skills guidance, and referrals for persons who call and are in immediate crisis situations. Information regarding community-based resources, including other identified human-service needs and substance abuse services may be provided.

Who do I call in case of emergency in Kern County?

A list of System of Care service providers for Kern County is available upon request. Call 911 if the situation is a life - threatening emergency. Call the Crisis Hotline at 800-991-5272, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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