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NAPA, CA – Marking a huge investment in behavioral health, Napa County has been conditionally awarded an over $3.3 million grant from the California Department of Health Care Services (DCHS) through the Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program (BHCIP). This grant will allow for the Children’s Services Expansion of Napa County Health and Human Service Agency’s (HHSA) Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU), and the program will provide crisis psychiatric assessment and crisis stabilization services for children in our community. The new children’s milieu will have four dedicated beds and will also allow the CSU to grow from eight to 12 beds.
“We are incredibly grateful to receive this funding that reflects years of prioritization, planning and good work,” said Director of HHSA Jennifer Yasumoto. “HHSA continues to do all that we can to positively impact our local behavioral health system of care and provide support for individuals of all ages, including children, in our community.
“We remain focused on providing trauma-informed and client-centered services geared toward wellness and recovery,” said Cassandra Eslami, Deputy Director of HHSA -Behavioral Health. “This funding allows us to provide a therapeutic setting specifically for children.”
The $3.3 million grant is part of California’s BHCIP Round 5 that will fund $430 million to construct and expand treatment facilities in 21 counties providing crisis and behavioral health services to vulnerable Californians of all ages, including those who are Medi-Cal beneficiaries. This grant focuses on addressing the gaps in the availability of crisis services and supports an organized continuum to reduce emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and incarceration.
Learn more about Napa County’s Crisis Stabilization Unit here. If you or someone you know may have a mental health crisis or mental health emergency, please call 707-253-4711 (phone line is open 24 hours a day).