Contra Costa County Health Services Launches Community Behavioral Health Crisis Response Initiative

November 21, 2020 10:00 am · 14 comments

Working in partnership with cities across Contra Costa County, Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) has launched a comprehensive review of existing behavioral health crisis response services to develop a vision on how to connect residents with the most appropriate resources where and when they are needed.

In close collaboration with city leaders through the Contra Costa Public Managers Association, community stakeholders, service providers and staff from across the county participated in a multi-day workshop to identify current resources and next steps.

Workshop participants included those working in crisis response, community-based organizations, schools, police and dispatch, as well as clinicians and persons and family members with lived experiences.

The team spent the past two weeks observing, analyzing and interviewing subject matter experts and looking at data about the current state of crisis response in Contra Costa County to develop a vision for the future and identify areas for improvement.

The public is invited to hear the key findings and recommendations during a public report to be shown on Contra Costa Television (CCTV) on Saturday, November 21 at noon and 7 p.m., and Sunday, November 22 at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The event can also be seen online at during those scheduled times.

The process prioritized these areas of focus for the next steps:

  • Identifying a single number to call for behavioral health crisis response
  • Establishing a mobile crisis 24/7 response
  • Evaluating non-police mobile crisis team composition
  • Identifying alternate destinations for those experiencing a behavioral health crisis

Using the Lean Process Improvement Model, the team will spend the next several months planning for rapid improvement workshops to test potential strategies based on the four areas of focus.

For more information on CCHS Community Crisis Response, visit

Dorothy November 21, 2020 at 10:58 AM

Okay, I have to ask: What constitutes behavioral health? Is it different from mental health? Is there another list of dos and don’t s?

Anon November 21, 2020 at 1:04 PM

Well, hopefully you’re not accused of being a “racist”…..the ministry of health will be showing up to educate and lobotomize you.

Darwin November 21, 2020 at 11:12 AM

Non-police Mobil crisis team compilation????
By the time anyone is notified it usually means an individual is a threat to themselves or others. Too funny. What are they going to do? Call the police once they get there? More times than not, this is not going to end well for the “non-police Mobil crisis team compilation “. They should be required to be young athletic and fast so they can run from potential harm.

Jimmy November 22, 2020 at 12:57 AM

This is interesting.
I wish I could live long enough to see it come back around.
After response staff start getting killed by domestic fights and drug induced rage they will suggest that they carry tasers. Then next will come a real weapon. Or when things really break down they will start begging for the police to respond. Go ahead, reinvent the wheel. Only make it square this time and then try to convince you all that it’s working ok. Common sense has disappeared.

Bob November 21, 2020 at 11:25 AM

Step 1 should address the behavioral health crisis of the county supervisors board.

Aunt Barbara November 21, 2020 at 12:28 PM

yes please, and the” Do as I say not as I do jackass, posing as governor.

Joatmeal November 21, 2020 at 2:20 PM

Careful Aunt Barbara. I was admonished on Claycord for calling people a name. Even though I see Trump supporters calling people names every day. I guess it’s only okay for a certain group of people to call other people names.

Gittyup November 22, 2020 at 1:36 PM

@Joatmeal Someone on “Politics,” bless their heart, decided it was okay to call Democrats “Jackasses” because their mascot is a donkey.

Cellophane November 21, 2020 at 4:12 PM

Another colossal waste of our tax dollars.

The County supes are out of control.

The supes are supposed to work for you.

Rein them in.

Steve November 21, 2020 at 5:48 PM

We need to know how much of our money is being spent on this and everything else.
It is easy to spend money; it is not easy to earn it. Just keeping track, that’s all, especially now that Measure X passed.

Janon November 21, 2020 at 11:51 PM

I am thinking these specialists will come across as helpful and non threatening to those whose behavior is maladaptive. They will identify the function of the behavior and teach them a prosocial/more appropriate way to get their need(s) met, and maybe put them in touch with resources. That’s my guess.

Gittyup November 22, 2020 at 1:39 PM

That might not be easy when they’re running at you with a six-foot sharpened spear.

Concord74 November 22, 2020 at 8:07 AM

This is just another “systemic racism” joke!! Total BS!

Is there a surplus of funds due to all the over taxation of Concord residents?

Jeff November 22, 2020 at 8:57 AM

Their first response should be to a County Supervisors meeting, lot’s of insanity going on there.


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