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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.

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."

Tony Stefanetti

Meet Tony Stefanetti, a Supervising Behavioral Health Counselor who has been with the Butte County for nearly 26 years. Tony couldn't imagine he would still work for the County when he started at the Psychiatric Health Facility in Chico about 26 years ago. Here he is, not just with Butte County, but still working for Behavioral Health. Tony says, "I just couldn't imagine the opportunities I would have to grow and do different things within the Behavioral Health Department. When I started here, honestly, I thought, ‘this is just another job,’ and I didn’t think I would be here very long." Tony, we are glad you have chosen to stay!

Get to Know Tony

Tony Stefanetti started working with Butte County Behavioral Health as an extra-help employee shortly after he graduated from Chico State. It wasn’t long before he became a full-time employee. Tony was given the opportunity to work in a variety of roles in the department including working as a substance abuse counselor, doing case management, working with young adults, and working in Adult Outpatient Services with the Assertive Community Treatment programs one of which was the SEARCH Team; an outreach program that focused on helping the homeless population.

During his time with the SEARCH Team, Tony really connected with the people he was helping. It was then he learned, with the right support, people can and do recover from mental illness. Tony took what he learned and is now running a peer-led wellness and recovery center in Paradise called the Hub.

At the Hub, Tony supervises five peer advocates and together they provide individual and group support, social events, and other activities for people recovering from mental health issues. Tony takes pride in the fact services at the Hub are driven by the people who use them. Tony and his staff work together with clients to provide the services they want and need to further their recovery. One of Tony’s favorite programs at the Hub is a guided support group called the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) group.

Tony explained that the WRAP group focuses on empowering individuals to take charge of their mental health by creating a wellness toolbox and individual action plans to help them identify and deal with issues as they arise. The group works together through discussion to learn how to apply those tools in their own lives to get well and stay well. Participants learn the five key recovery concepts of Hope, Personal Responsibility, Education, Self-advocacy, and Support. They walk away from this group with a comprehensive, individually tailored plan to help them manage and overcome whatever challenges they face in recovery. Tony says, “It is an amazingly transformative group.”

Tony also enjoys working with the Peer Advocates at the Hub. Tony describes the Peer Advocates as people who have lived experience with mental health issues who work at the Hub providing peer support. He says, “Peer advocates have a unique perspective. Through the sharing of their own recovery experience they provide hope and understanding in a way many of us cannot. They have been there, done that, and know what it is like to struggle and recover.”

When asked to explain his favorite part of working at the Hub, Tony said, “The results. I am privileged to be in the company of people making amazing strides in their recovery. I like seeing them become hopeful, blossom, and smile again. It is truly inspiring.”

Tony Stefanetti Photo Collage



 Support Lines

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

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
800.273.TALK (8255)
Chat online at

Crisis Text Line
Text LISTEN to ‘741741’

Veterans Crisis Line
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

 Locations & Hours

Butte County Behavioral Health Administration
3217 Cohasset Rd
Chico, CA 95973
Monday – Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm

Excludes Holidays
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 Get Started

Call the Behavioral Health Access Line at 530.891.2810 to get started.

During the phone conversation we will ask whether your needs are urgent and what type of help you are looking for.

See the three steps for getting started.