County shines light on mental health programs on West Side
by Nick Rappley | Patterson Irrigator
Mar 13, 2013 | 1235 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Officials from the Stanislaus County Mental Health Department are working to get the word out to community leaders that there are new mental programs available in Patterson.

Spearheaded by the Stanislaus County Behavioral Heath and Recovery Services department, the effort was designed to bring awareness to what resources are available to community leaders in business, education and health for referral of folks who need mental and substance abuse help at a meet and greet in the Patterson City Council Chambers the morning of Friday, March 8.

Ruben Imperial, Stanislaus Behavioral Health and Recovery Services manager, said significant effort has been devoted to bring county mental health services back to West Side residents, since budget cuts 10 years ago removed them from the area.

“Mental health help is available through early intervention by leaders in schools, churches and health clinics,” he said. “The services are there, we just have to connect the people with them.”

He said the passage of Proposition 63 by voters in 2004 created a 1 percent tax on incomes greater than $1 million and helped fund programs again. It means there will be about $12 million for the county for mental health and community services this fiscal year.

When the services returned recently, he said the county chose to create a referral-based program for mental health help. People who need help need to get a referral from leaders of churches, businesses or schools to receive aid with such issues as mental health counseling and substance abuse.

The county has help available for many mental health issues, including early intervention programs in schools and substance abuse programs through Golden Valley Health Clinic.

Robin Service, a nurse practitioner for the Kohl’s Wellness Clinic, which is a health care center for Kohl’s employees in Patterson, said she was impressed with what was available.

“I thought (the event) was a great opportunity to get to know the services,” she said. “It was a wealth of information.”

It was a great opportunity to find services that complimented what the Kohl’s clinic and benefits offered, she said.

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