There are many free and inexpensive resources for families and individuals in Kern County. Below is a small list of community resources. To the right is a list of currently available opportunities and events.
American Psychiatric Association- A medical specialty society recognized worldwide whose member physicians work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorder and substance-related disorders.
Anxiety Network International- The Anxiety Network provides information on the three largest anxiety disorders: social anxiety, panic/agoraphobia, and generalized anxiety.
California Code of Regulations- Proposed Regulations; Procedures for Regulatory Determinations.
California Welfare & Institutions Code- This code establishes programs and services, which are designed to provide protection, support or care of children.
California Institute For Mental Health - CIMH - "Helping you make the difference" -->
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (acronym CMS; formerly the Health Care Financing Administration) is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CMS runs the Medicare and Medicaid programs - two national health care programs that benefit about 75 million Americans.
Federal Code of Regulations- This version of the United States Code is generated from the most recent version made available by the US House of Representatives.
Internet Mental Health- A free encyclopedia of mental health information.
Kern County Consortium Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA)- This website is a resource for parents and educators working with students with special needs.
Knowledge Exchange- The Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN) provides information about mental health.
National Alliance For The Mentally Ill (NAMI)- A nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses.
Office of Applied Studies - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Statistics (SAMHSA)- SAMHSA's Office of Applied Studies (OAS) has just released the latest SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use & Health (NSDUH). This annual SAMHSA survey was conducted in 2004 and provides data on substance use, aspects of mental health, and drug and mental health treatment..
Office of Management and Budget Circulars (OMB)- Predominant mission is to assist the President in overseeing the preparation of the federal budget and to supervise its administration in Executive Branch agencies.
Schizophrenia.com- The goal of this Web site is to provide valuable and accurate information on the disease schizophrenia.
California Mental Health Directors Association- CMHDA is dedicated to the accessibility of quality cost-effective mental health care for the people of California.
California Department of Health Services- "To Protect and Improve the Health of All Californians"
Kern County Superintendent of Schools- KCSOS "As advocates for children, we provide leadership, education and support for students, school districts and the community through programs, services and fiscal accountability."
Healthy Families- Health Families is low cost insurance for children and teens. It provides health, dental and vision coverage to children who do not have insurnace and do not qualify for free Medi-Cal.
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry- AACAP - assisting parents and families in understanding developmental behavioral, emotional and mental disorders affecting children and adolescents.
Alcohol and Drug Programs ADP - "Healthy individuals and communities free of alcohol and other drug problems" -->
California Department of Social Services- CDSS - "..to serve, aid and protect needy and vulnerable children and adults in ways that strengthen and preserve families, encourage personal responsibility, and foster independence."
Kern County Superintendent of Schools- KCSOS - "As advocates for children, we provide leadership, education and support for students, school districts and the community through programs, services and fiscal accountability."
Education and Outreach
Kern County Mental Health is dedicated to educating our community through events and outreach activities. For more information on our outreach efforts or to schedule an educational opportunity for your community or organization, contact:
Education and Outreach Coordinator
Kern County Mental Health Department.