The Yolo County Department of Alcohol, Drug & Mental Health has been awarded the first of the grants available under Senate Bill 82 (Mental Health Wellness Act of 2013). The $1.7 million grant over four years is monitored by the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission and will fund crisis triage personnel. Yolo County’s proposal received the highest score statewide with 960 points out of a possible 1,000.
The Yolo County Department of Alcohol, Drug & Mental Health submitted its response to this grant opportunity with a proposal to fund crisis personnel, including clinicians and peer counselors providing services in the community. Yolo County proposes to put in place clinical staff to accompany law enforcement on crisis calls and peer counselors throughout the community to provide support following a crisis, including assistance engaging in a crisis plan, navigating the system of services and supporting recovery needs.