Whom We Serve
Mental Health Services
The Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness provides mental health services to individuals who qualify. There are several different ways you may qualify for services, depending on whether you are covered by Medi-Cal or Medicare. If you are covered by any other health insurance plan, you are not eligible for Behavioral Wellness services, and you need to contact your health insurance company. As our resources permit, we also provide mental health services to people in crisis and to those with a serious, persistent mental illness who have no insurance coverage.
To receive services through the Department of Behavioral Wellness, your needs must be evaluated by a mental health professional. There are different "medical necessity" criteria for Medi-Cal, Medicare, and people with no insurance. If you meet medical necessity criteria, you will be referred to a program that meets your needs. If your mental health needs do not meet medical necessity criteria, you will be referred to other agencies or programs in the community.
To obtain more information or for an initial evaluation, please contact the Access Team at 888-868-1649.
You may also find these booklets helpful:
The Santa Barbara County Guide to Medi-Cal Mental Health Services (English)
The Santa Barbara County Guide to Medi-Cal Mental Health Services (Spanish)
Behavioral Health Services in Santa Barbara County in English | Spanish
Alcohol and Drug Program
CalWORKs RecipientsThe CalWORKs program provides temporary financial assistance and employment services to eligible families with minor children. CalWORKs recipients are eligible for alcohol and other drug (AOD) assessment, referral, and case management and treatment services.
Court-Ordered and Grant Eligible Individuals: The County of Santa Barbara has limited funding for several court-ordered programs including Proposition 36 (Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act), Drug Court and Federal Grants. Eligible individuals can have some, if not all, of their treatment funded through these programs so long as they comply with program requirements and contribute to the cost of treatment based on ability to pay.
Drug Medi-Cal (DMC) Beneficiaries: Many ADP programs are funded by the Drug Medi-Cal program. All Individuals who are Drug Medi-Cal recipients are entitled to substance use disorder services.
Driving under the Influence (DUI) and PC 1000- Drug Diversion programs are self-pay. Other AOD treatment services are based on a sliding fee scale with an assessed fee based on ability to pay. Cost should not be a barrier to seeking out treatment, as many AOD programs have supplemental funding.