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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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Community Engagement

Behavioral Health Advisory Board

The Behavioral Health Advisory Board was established pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code section 5604 to: 

    • Review and evaluate the community's mental health needs, services, facilities and special problems; 
    • Review County agreements entered into pursuant to the Mental Health Services Act; 
    • Advise the Behavioral Health Board and the local Mental Health Director regarding the local mental health program; 
    • Review and approve the procedures used to ensure resident and professional involvement of the planning process; 
    • Submit an annual report on the needs and performances of the County's mental health system; 
    • Review and make recommendations on applications for appointment of a local director of mental health services; 
    • Review and comment on the County's performance outcome data and communicate its findings to the Behavioral Health Planning Council; and 
    • Assess the impact of realignment from the State to the County on services delivered to clients and the local community.

The Board consists of 13 to 15 members, with 50% of the membership being direct consumers or family members of consumers who are receiving mental health services, with three members being direct consumers and members being family members of consumers receiving mental health services; one member of the Board of Supervisors; one law enforcement representative; one youth representative; and up to 6 community members.

The Butte County Behavioral Health Advisory Board is looking for volunteers to sit on the board. For information call 530.891.2850 or download the Membership Application. 

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)

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion 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. 

For more details about meetings times and locations check out the Cultural Competence page, or email the Cultural Competency Coordinator at bocampo@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 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. QIC meetings are held monthly and are open to the public. 

For more details about meeting times and locations, please email DBHQM@buttecounty.net.


Local Community Resources

African American Family & Cultural Center

Hmong Cultural Center

Iversen Center

National Alliance on Mental Illness-Butte County

Northern Valley Talk Line

Passages Center

Stonewall Alliance Center 

General Resources

Statewide Mental Health Campaigns

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 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 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.

Disaster Readiness Resource

Use the Listos California Disaster Ready Guide to lead you through five basic steps for emergency preparedness.



Internship Program

Support Lines

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

National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline - Dial 988

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
4:30 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

 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.

If you would like your contact information or website listed above, please email mhsa@buttecounty.net.