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The COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted our routines and way of life. Schools and many businesses are closed, and many people are following California’s stay-at-home order and social distancing practices.


With all of these changes, it’s completely normal to feel stressed, frustrated and anxious about all of the changes. The KernBHRS Crisis Hotline remains open 24/7 at 1-800-991-5272 to provide a reassuring voice to anyone who places a call. The Hotline acts a warmline for mental health/substance use concerns, allowing callers the ability to voice/vent any frustrations with a trained hotline counselor without any judgement.

Our department would like to get feedback from you about the services we are providing during the COVID-19 Pandemic. We are inviting clients and family members/support persons to take a short survey to help us make improvements to our services in the future. Your response will remain anonymous. The surveys will be up until June 1, 2020.

KernBHRS will post regular updates on our resources and locations that are open during this time
here as well as on our social media channels. You can follow us at:

  • Facebook - /KernBHRS

  • Instagram - @kernbhrs

  • Twitter - @KernBHRS

For media requests, please contact KernBHRS Public Information Officer, Mitchall Patel, at

For more information on COVID-19 please visit

Click here to view our press release

Click here to view General Safety information

This information is current as of May 22, 2020.

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a statewide stay-at-home order on March 19, 2020. The order encourages all Californians to stay home as much as possible and only go out for essential needs like food or medicine until further notice. Under the order, essential state and local government functions will continue operations. Kern Behavioral Health & Recovery Services (KernBHRS) will keep several of its locations open to provide essential behavioral health and substance use disorder services to Kern County.

  • Adult Outpatient Services – Available at both 5121 Stockdale Hwy. and 2525 N. Chester Ave., both located in Bakersfield, CA

  • Children’s Services – Available at 3300 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, CA. For more information about KernBHRS Children's Services, please call 661-868-8300. Families can also contact their geographic providers if they are in need of any services.

  • Substance Use Disorder Services – Available at 1401 L St., Bakersfield, CA, or by calling the 24-hour Substance Use Disorder Access Line at 1-866-266-4898.

  • Immediate Behavioral Health Services – Available at the Mary K. Shell Health Center, 2151 College Ave., Bakersfield, CA OR at the Ridgecrest CSU, located at 1141 Chelsea St., Ridgecrest, CA.