Community Resources


Behavioral health crisis phone lines have been established in response to recent tragedy in Las Vegas situation.


Community members, please call (888) 743-1478 for assistance. (TTY users dial 711.)

For up to date information, visit DBH’s Facebook and Twitter social media sites.

Here are also some Nation Wide Disaster Resources

Red Cross: Emotional Health
Red Cross: Picking Up the Pieces
SAMHSA: Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event
SAMHSA: How to deal with Grief
SAMHSA: Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event
SAMHSA: What to Expect after a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event
Self Care After Traumatic Event




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 Department of Mental Health
   • Notices
   • Letters

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. 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 - " 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:

Estela Padilla,

Education and Outreach Coordinator

Kern County Mental Health Department.


NAMI Kern County