Behavioral Health

Our Mission: "Partner with individuals, families and the community for recovery from serious mental health and substance abuse issues and to promote wellness, resiliency and hope."

Behavioral Health provides services for individuals in crisis, for youth, for adults and for alcohol and drug treatment.  Services are provided in Chico, Paradise, Oroville, Gridley and rural communities. We are here to Help.

Mental Health Services Act

In November of 2004, California voters passed Proposition 63 creating the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). The Act created an additional one percent tax on any California resident making more than $1 million dollars. The revenue is distributed to counties in order to accomplish an enhanced system of care for mental health services.

The passing of Proposition 63 provided the first opportunity in many years to expand county mental health programs for all populations: children, transition-age youth, adults, older adults, families, and especially, the un-served and under-served. It was also designed to provide a wide range of prevention, early intervention, and treatment services, including the necessary infrastructure, technology, and enhancement of the mental health workforce to effectively support the system. There are five fundamental guiding principles outlined in the MHSA regulations:

  1. Community Collaboration
  2. Cultural Competency
  3. Individual/Family-Driven, Wellness/Recovery/Resiliency-Focused Services
  4. Access to Underserved Communities
  5. Creating an Integrated Service Array

The MHSA requires that each county mental health program shall prepare and submit a three-year plan which shall be updated at least annually and adopted by the county Board of Supervisors. The MHSA Three Year Program and Expenditure Plan is a comprehensive document that summarizes the Community Planning Process, communicates recommendations that will be inclusive of new program requests, deletion of programs, consolidation and/or enhancements of programs, and fiscal changes.

The intent of the MHSA Three Year Plan is to provide a public plan of action on the following MHSA funding components:

  1. Community Services and Supports
  2. Prevention and Early Intervention
  3. Innovation
  4. Capital Facilities/Technological Needs
  5. Workforce and Education Training

In accordance with MHSA regulations, County Behavioral Health Departments are required to submit a program and expenditure plan (program description and budget) and update it on an annual basis, based on the estimates provided by the State and in accordance with established stakeholder engagement and planning requirements.


The Butte County Department of Behavioral Health invites you to provide input into our countywide MHSA Annual Update plan. We will discuss various issues including public desire for services, funding, unmet needs, services currently provided, and the state of mental health within Butte County.

 If you are unable to attend a meeting you may view the presentation here.

Please provide feedback via survey!




There was a 30 Day Public Review and Comment period conducted from April 10th, 2017 to May 10th, 2017. The Butte County Behavioral Health Board and Butte County Board of Supervisors approved the plan on May 24th, 2017 and June 27th, 2017 respectively. Please see link(s) below for the finalized plan:

Butte County Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) 2017-2020 Program and Expenditure Plan

Butte County Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) 2017-2020 Program and Expenditure Plan Appendix

Holli Drobny
Mental Health Services Act Coordinator
3217 Cohasset Rd.
Chico, CA 95973
Phone 530.891.2850
Fax 530.895.6549

 Contact BHD

Behavioral Health Crisis Lines
24 hours a day / 7 days a week
800.334.6622, or

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1.800.273.TALK (8255)

Veterans Crisis Line
1.800.273.8255 (press 1)  

Friendship Line (older adults)

Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ+)

North Valley Talk Line

4:30pm to 9:30pm / 7 days a week