The, “Help first, not fail first,” approach PEI is a division of the county’s BHRS department. PEI programs are critical to the public mental health system transformation. Instead of forcing individuals to undergo significant disruption in their lives before being able to access services (fail first), it will become a system that supports wellness (help first). This movement recognizes mental health is important to public and community health and not the sole responsibility of the public mental health system. Community collaboration is key, since it allows community members to address wellness in safe settings; places where community members typically go for purposes other than mental health treatment.
The StanUp for Wellness campaign is administered by BHRS as well as all of Stanislaus County’s behavioral health and recovery services. BHRS provides mental health services to adults and seniors with a serious mental illness, as well as to children and youth with a serious emotional disorder. BHRS also provides outpatient and residential alcohol and drug treatment as well as prevention services. They serve as Stanislaus County’s Public Guardian. Services are provided in community-based locations throughout the county by over 300 employees in 80 county administered programs and community partnerships. BHRS believes in partnering with consumers and families in order to effectively address the issues of each client. BHRS also believes in providing culturally competent services to assist the diverse population of Stanislaus County. The most important message BHRS wants to convey is the promotion that individuals can, and do recover from mental illness and alcohol and drug addiction. RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE.
In November 2004, California voters passed Proposition 63, now known as the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). This one percent tax on incomes above $1 million established the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) in order to expand and improve public mental health services. MHSOAC provides supervision, accountability and leadership on issues related to public mental health. The Mental Health Services Act set aside 20% of their funding for Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI).
State guidelines indicate this funding is to be used to prevent mental health problems and/or to intervene early in mental health crises with relatively short duration and low intensity strategies. 80% of the Act funding is to be used for treatment services. For a complete list of our over 30 PEI programs, visit the MHSA PEI website or call (209) 541-2555
For a complete list of program information or to access mental health and alcohol & drug services visit the BHRS website or call 1-888-376-6246.