The mission of the Big Bear Mental Health Alliance is to combine the strengths and resources of its members to increase access to treatment options for the underserved/un-served members of the community who are experiencing severe and/or disabling mental illness; and to work together to obtain funding for this endeavor.
The Big Bear Mental Health Alliance is a partnership of 5 community agencies:
- Lutheran Social Services
- Healthy Start Student Support Program
- The Mom & Dad Project
- The Big Bear Center for Change (Mental Health Systems)
The result was the Alliance for Behavioral and Emotional Treatment (ABET) contract with the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health to provide these services:
- Full time psychiatry
- Therapeutic counseling services
- Dual diagnosis services for individuals with both mental health and substance abuse issues
- Peer advocacy services
- Van transportation to and from member agencies for services
- Service referrals to member agencies and outside resources
- 24/7 Crisis line and counseling
- Publication of a mountain-wide resource directory.
In 2007, the Alliance was formed to advocate for and provide quality mental health care services, including Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse and Psychiatric services for the residents of the Big Bear Valley who could not otherwise access care. As part of this process, the alliance partnered with the SB county Department of Behavioral Health to access MHSA (prop 63) monies to provide intensive case management and other mental health services and to provide referrals to various specialty agencies as needed. Named the ABET (Alliance for Behavioral and Emotional Health) program, this program has provided services to 800-1,000 individuals since 2008.
The alliance continues to work toward increased quality and access to services for the people of the Big Bear Valley.
Contact any of the individual members of the Mental Health Alliance below.
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