General Information

Contact Dept

  • Phone:
    (559) 600-9180
  • Fax:
    (559) 600-7674
  • Address:
    4441 East Kings Canyon
    Fresno, CA 93702
  • Access Line:
  • Urgent Care Wellness Center:
    (559) 600-9171
  • TTY:
    Dial 711 to reach California Relay Service


MHSA Main Page Archives


May 24, 2016 Mental Health Matters Day - Capital Visit

Fresno County joined in celebrating the mental health movement on May 24 in Sacramento on the West Steps of the Capitol Building. Mental Health America of California (MHAC) hosted a day of awareness, action and change to better the lives of people with mental health challenges. The event featured speakers such as Scott Budnick, Founder and President of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition and executive producer of “The Hangover” movie series, Paul Gilmartin, former TV host (TBS’ Dinner and a Movie), stand-up comedian (Comedy Central Presents) and host of the Mental Illness Happy Hour, and Katie Williams, mental health advocate and person with lived experience.


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 May 21, 2016 NAMI Walk - Woodward Park


Runners and walkers met for the annual NAMI Walk at Woodward Park in North Fresno.  Individuals reported the event was a blast with many friendships renewed and over $3500 raised for the NAMI program.


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May 20, 2016 Directing Change State Awards - Glendale, CA

The Directing Change State Awards took place in Glendale, CA and honored students throughout California for their videos that dealt with Suicide Prevention, Ending the Stigma surrounding Mental Illness, and a new category called Through the Lens of Culture.  Students from Clovis East High School placed second in the Through the Lens of Culture category and were treated like Hollywood stars complete with a limo ride, red carpet walk, and photographers asking for their photos.


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May 18, 2016 Behavioral Health Board - Proclamation

 The Behavioral Health Board made a Proclamation announcing the May as Mental Health Matters Month.  Along with the Proclamation local Fresno County students were honored for their video submissions to the Directing Change video contest.  The students won second place in both Mental Health Matters, and Through the Lens of Culture categories.


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May 13, 2016 Each Mind Matters Picnic - Roeding Park

Continuing with Mental Health Matters Month Fresno County celebrated the Each Mind Matters Picnic at Roeding Park.  Participants were treated to games and music, a zumba demonstration, inspirational stories of overcoming mental illness as well as performances from talented individuals.  There were close to 400 people who attended the event.


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 MAY 10, 2016 - Board of Supervisors Proclamation   

May is Mental Health Month


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Fresno County Board of Supervisors to make a public proclamation during the May 10th board meeting that May is Mental Health Month. Join us and wear your green!


 May 5, 2016 The Art in My Recovery - Art Hop

Kicking off May is Mental Health Matters Month was The Art in My Recovery - Art Hop held at the Fresno Arts Council in downtown Fresno.  Many of the artists were present for the opening of the Art Hop which featured many different art mediums. The artwork was displayed for the entire month of May.


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  •  Check out the upcoming May events for "May is Mental Health Matters Month" (See flyer below) 

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 Please join us for the Art Hop, May 5, 2016 at the Fresno Arts Council. (See flyer below) 


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We are excited to announce that 21 videos have been submitted to the Directing Change video contest from Fresno County Schools & Programs. Good luck to all who entered and thank you for Directing Change!


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  • Youth Psychiatric Health Facility (This request was approved) - The County of Fresno Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) has drafted a Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Capital Facilities Project Proposal to utilize funds to renovate and modernize an area within the University Medical Center (UMC) Campus that is currently housing a non-inpatient level of service.  This space will be occupied by a Youth Psychiatric Health Facility (PHF).  We will keep the community posted as to any new updates to the renovation process.   


    Updates: Work is currently being done, Kristi Williams is working with parents to identify bathroom tile colors!  Stay tuned for more information!

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  •  Revised MHSA FY 2012-13 Annual Update: The MHSA Revised FY 2012-13 Annual Update Plan has been prepared.  The revised annual update includes all changes from the Mental Health Board meeting on January 16, 2013.  The revised annual update will be presented to the County Board of Supervisors for final  approval on February 26, 2013.  Attached below are the Following Documents:

Executive Summary for Annual Update 12-13

Annual Update FY 12-13 

Attachment A – 30 day Public Comment Period Questions/comments received and Responses provided 

Attachment B – Public Hearing Comments 

Attachment C – Fiscal Sheets 

Attachment D - Outcomes 


  • The Department of Behavioral Health is providing the following updates to the posted plan specific to four programs: 

Youth Empowerment Centers

Cultural Based Access and Navigation Specialists

Community Gardens

Integrated Wellness Center


  • Update to MHSA Annual Update Process - The public hearing was held on January 9, 2013.  Thank you to all that attended.

Below are documents from that hearing:

PowerPoint presentation completed at beginning of hearing

Summary of hearing comments

Annual Update Power Point 

Public Hearing Comments Received - 1-9-13 

The Fresno County Mental Health Board has an agenda item for their January 16, 2013 meeting stating:  Approval and Recommendations of MHSA Annual Update

MHB Agenda - January 16, 2013

Mental Health Board meetings are open to the public , your attendance and participation is encouraged. 


Wednesday, January 16, 2013 @ 2:30PM

Blue Sky Wellness Center

1617 E. Saginaw Avenue - Fresno, CA 93704

Thank you    


  • Public Comments Received and Responses Provided by the Department - As part of the MHSA FY 2012-13 Annual Update Public comment period, the Department received various questions and feedback from the community. The questions and public comments received as well as the Department’s response are posted below. 

    One of the questions asked was the justification for the programs added/expanded. The MHSA Annual Update is a stakeholder driven process and plans added/expanded reflected the feedback received from the stakeholders.


Justification for Annual Update Recommendations 

Specific Questions/comments received and response provided by the Department is shown below.  Several attachments providing additional information are also shown below.


  • MHSA 2012-13 Annual Update Public Hearing - We are pleased to announce that the Public Hearing for the MHSA 2012-13 Annual Update shall take place on January 9, 2013 at 2:30PM at Blue Sky. Please see announcement below for additional information.

Annual Update Hearing Flyer

Annual Update Hearing Flyer - SPANISH 

Annual Update Hearing Flyer - HMONG 

  • MHSA FY 2012-13 Annual Update Public Comment Period - We are pleased to post the MHSA FY 2012-13 Annual Update.  An Executive Summary, budget sheets and program outcome measurements are also posted. The Executive summary provides information and data on existing approved MHSA programs, new proposals, as well as expansions of existing programs. 

The MHSA 2012-13 Annual Update public comment period is from November 19 - December 19, 2012.

The MHSA annual update is a State required process to continue funding MHSA components and programs. The annual update is an opportunity for the  community to make changes to existing programs, add programs, or delete programs. In addition this annual update provides program data, outcomes, funding, and other detail for all existing and new proposed programs.

Public Comment forms are also posted. The Executive Summary shall be translated into Spanish and Hmong. Questions as well as assistance in Spanish and Hmong will be provided by Department staff via the following:

Phone:  (559) 600-6899

Fax:  (559) 600-7711

MHSA FY 12-13 Annual Update

Annual Update FY 12-13 Executive Summary - 111512    (Spanish - Executive Summary)    (Hmong - Executive Summary)  

Exhibit A - Budget Sheets - Annual Update FY 12-13

Exhibit B - Outcome Measurements Annual Updated FY 12-13 

Annual Update FY 12-13 Public Comment Form - (English)    (Spanish)    (Hmong) 

Annual Update FY 12-13 Flyer - (English)    (Spanish Flyer)    (Hmong Flyer)  

  • MHSA FY 2012-13 Annual Update Stakeholder Process - As part of the Fresno County MHSA FY 2012-13 Annual Update Plan process, the Department of Behavioral Health has scheduled a series of community wide stakeholder meetings.  More information on the Annual Update and various locations and dates scheduled are shown in the flyer below.

In addition, a draft timeline is also shown below showing the various steps involved in the Annual Update Process.

A Public Comment form is also attached.  HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE COMMUNITY MEETINGS!  

**NEW:  Stakeholder Meeting Flyer - Review of Data and Recommendations  Spanish Flyer    Hmong Flyer 

FY 12-13 Annual Update Stakeholder Meetings Flyer  

FY 12-13 Annual Update Stakeholder Meetings - Spanish

FY 12-13 Annual Update Stakeholder Meetings Flyer - Hmong

Annual Updated FY 12-13 Timeline  

Annual Updated FY 12-13 Public Comment Form  (Spanish)    (Hmong)  

Program Outcomes Measurements    Program Descriptions Summary Sheet

“The below Fiscal sheets show the amount of funding allocated in the FY 2011-12 MHSA State plan for various MHSA components/programs as well as amounts shown in recent Innovation/Housing plan approvals. Additional information is provided on the clients served/to be served.”

MHSA Fiscal Sheets FY 2011-12