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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."

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Each Mind Matters

Each Mind Matters is California’s Mental Health Movement. We are millions of individuals and thousands of organizations working to advance mental health. The mental health movement certainly didn’t start with us, but Each Mind Matters was created to unite all of us who share a vision of improved mental health and equality.

Know the Signs

Know the Signs is a statewide suicide prevention social marketing campaign built on three key messages: Know the signs. Find the words. Reach out. This campaign is intended to educate Californians how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, how to find the words to have a direct conversation with someone in crisis and where to find professional help and resources.

Directing Change

Directing Change offers young people the exciting opportunity to participate in the Each Mind Matters movement by creating 60-second films about suicide prevention and mental health; which are then used to support awareness, education and advocacy efforts on these topics. Learning objectives surrounding mental health and suicide prevention are integrated into the submission categories of the film contest, giving young people the opportunity to critically explore these topics.

“Rainy Days”

Butte County Pleasant Valley High

School Filmmakers: DJ Merrill and Aidan Osgood

Advisor: Michael Peck

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“Don’t Keep it a Secret”

Butte County Pleasant Valley High School

Filmmakers: Neil Deniz and Riley Spas

Advisor: Michael Peck

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Butte County Butte Community College

Filmmakers: Dylan Miner, Quinn Farley, Sarah Merrill, Julie Miner, and Nick Weiss

Advisor: Michael Peck

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Mental Health Services Act Steering Committee

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

The MHSA Steering Committee explores opportunities to support the inclusion of the community voice and vision into Butte County’s projects that are funded through the MHSA. This Committee will provide insight and have meaningful involvement in infusing the MHSA guiding principles into all aspects of project development and program oversight. If you would like more information about the Steering Committee, be sure to sign up for our email list above.

Butte County Behavioral Health is seeking stakeholders from agencies, community members, and consumers/family members to be a part of the MHSA Steering Committee.

MHSA Steering Committee Application

MHSA Steering Committee Application (Print Version)

Cultural Competency Committee

The Cultural Competence Committee works to enhance the behavioral health system of care by reducing behavioral healthcare disparities through collaborating with diverse populations and sharing diverse perspectives. This committee takes ownership of promoting cultural understanding and appreciation through education, advisement, and recommendations of culturally sensitive policies and practices to our community. This committee strives to recognize personal and social biases and to consciously build respectful interactions. All are welcome to join this committee to provide their experience and knowledge to the Butte County Department of Behavioral Health. This committee meets each quarter, on the second Wednesday of every third month. For more details about meetings times and locations check out the Cultural Competence page, or please email mhsa@buttecounty.net.

Quality Improvement Committee

The Quality Improvement Committee (QIC) is responsible for monitoring Butte County Behavioral Health’s effectiveness. This involves tracking, reviewing, assessing, and recommending improvement of client care. The QIC may recommend policy changes, reviews and evaluates the results of Quality Improvement (QI) activities, institutes needed QI actions, and ensures follow-up of all QI processes. A few of the items that QIC monitors:

  • 24/7 Crisis Line Response
  • Accessibility and Timeliness to Services
  • Beneficiary and Provider Satisfaction
  •  Notices of Adverse Beneficiary Determination (NOABD)
  • Two Performance Improvement Projects—Clinical and Non-Clinical
  • Cultural, Linguistic Resources, and Training
  • Utilization Management/Review
  • Medication Practices
  • Quality of Care Concerns

The Quality Improvement Committee (QIC) is comprised of representatives from Adult and Children’s Services, Access Team, Crisis Services, Medical Services, Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), Managed Care & Compliance, Fiscal, Business Office, Systems Performance, Contracted Providers, Patient Rights, Peer Advocates, and client/family members. The QIC meets the first Wednesday of every month 1:00 – 2:30 and is open to the public. For more details about meeting times and locations, please email DBHQM@buttecounty.net.