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What's New - Suicide Prevention Plan Released

In October 2011, a group of community leaders came together to look differently at our community’s mental health system of care. Driven by the closure of the County’s 24-hour mental health crisis unit, the group recognized that our ability to transform our mental health system was much greater working together than on our own as individuals, hospitals, government agencies, universities or community-based organizations.

Community Conversations around Mental Health has been working together ever since. . What started as a short-term effort has turned into a sustained and committed group of individuals across nearly every sector of our community.

So, in late 2016, when our community experienced a cluster of teen suicides, Community Conversations stepped up to facilitate an effort to form a Suicide Prevention Collaborative, to harness the passion around making a change in the suicide rate and to create a community-wide Suicide Prevention Plan. The Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health has served as the backbone organization to organize monthly meetings and has engaged three suicide prevention experts, DeQuincy Lezine, Ph.D., Noah Whitaker and Stan Collins to assist us in this endeavor.

This document is the culmination of over 18 months of dedicated effort by this group of individuals from across Fresno County who are devoted to preventing suicide in Fresno County. Now the real work begins— to implement the plan. As you read through the document, keep in mind that this plan will change over time, as we learn more, try different things and listen to those who can inform us.

We welcome your feedback, ideas and suggestions. We know that it will take each and every one of us if we are going to make a difference. Please join us!

Lynne Ashbeck
Co-Chair, Community Conversations
Facilitator, Fresno County Suicide Prevention Collaborative
Senior Vice President, Community Engagement and Population Wellness
Valley Children’s Healthcare

Dawan Utecht
Director of Behavioral Health/Public Guardian
Fresno County

Click below for pdf versions of the Suicide Prevention Plan

Full Suicide Prevention Plan - pdf

Executive Summary of Suicide Prevention Plan - pdf

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MHSA Annual Update Public Hearing

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
1:30PM- 2:30PM

Blue Sky Wellness Center
1617 E. Saginaw Way, Suite 108
Fresno, CA 93726

Click Here to Download the MHSA Annual Update Public Hearing Flyer 

The purpose of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) annual update public hearing is to share with the community the feedback received from the community stakeholder meetings that were held in August 2018. The annual update public hearing provides a structured process that the county uses in partnership with stakeholders in determining how best to utilize funds that become available for the MHSA components.


MHSA Annual Update

We request and welcome the review and input of all stakeholders. As a support to our Department, please alert us as to any typos, errors, or omissions. Your review will assist us in finalizing the document.

In addition, we welcome all input and comments regarding programs, services, and activities outlined in this document.

Comments may be sent as follows:

By email: 
By fax: (559) 600-7711
By U.S. Mail: 3133 N. Millbrook Ave., Fresno, CA. 93703  




Your voice matters. Please complete this short survey to provide input for our behavioral health community program planning process.**

In lieu of filling out the survey online, we have attached an alternative format for English, Spanish, and Hmong.  Instructions for submitting input in this format are included on the form.   

  •  AU FY 17-18 Stakeholder Input Via Individual Form 2018 - ENGLISH
  •  AU FY 17-18 Stakeholder Input Via Individual Form 2018 - SPANISH
  • AU FY 17-18 Stakeholder Input Via Individual Form 2018 - HMONG

This process is to capture input and ideas regarding Behavioral Health plan/gaps/needs. This input will be incorporated into the Community Program Planning Process.


Public Stakeholders Meetings

Click Here for a list of the Public Stakeholder Meetings - English
Click Here for a list of the Public Stakeholder Meetings - Spanish
Click Here for a list of the Public Stakeholder Meetings - Hmong

For more information please click on the following link: Annual Update 2017-2018


Dawan Utecht
Director of Behavioral Health/Public Guardian
3133 N. Millbrook Ave. Fresno, CA 93703
Phone (559) 600-6899, Fax (559) 600-7711

Christina Young
Executive Assistant


About the Department of Behavioral Health

The Department of Behavioral Health provides mental health and substance abuse services to adults within the County of Fresno. The programs within our department focus on delivering the highest quality of service. There are over 300 professionals and staff dedicated to providing services in both metropolitan and rural areas. The diversity of our staff has helped us create a department that is sensitive to cultural differences and attempts to bridge the language barriers with our clients.


Our Mission

›DBH is dedicated to supporting the wellness of individuals, families and communities in Fresno County who are affected by, or are at risk of, mental illness and/or substance use disorders through cultivation of strengths of the persons we serve toward promoting recovery in the least restrictive environment.


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If you have a Behavioral Health emergency, please call 9-1-1.

For Access to Services or the Crisis Line, call 1-800-654-3937



Presumptive Transfer (AB1299)

We are committed to timely and effective delivery and payment of specialty mental health services to children and youth in foster care who are placed outside of their county of jurisdiction and into a different county of residency. 

For Presumptive Transfer referrals please ensure that all of the following information are included:

  • Identifying information about the child: name, date of birth, address
    (Include contact information for the caretaker, including name and phone number)

  • Name, location, and contact information of the referring placing agency

  • Name and contact information of who can sign release of information

  • Name and contact information of who can sign consents

  • Send the most recent consent for services (court order), and consent for medication (JV-220)

  • Send, or arrange to have sent, the most recent mental health records, including the most recent mental health assessment.  

Referrals can be sent to the following email box:

Presumptive Transfer Contact Information:
Aimie Rojas, LCSW
(559) 600-8918


For All Ages

Central Valley Suicide Prevention Hotline

Dept. of Behavioral Health Access Line

  • (800) 654-3937
  • 24/7 information connecting to Mental Health Services

Fresno National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

  • (559) 224-2469
  • 7545 N. Del Mar Avenue, Suite 105, Fresno
  • Website: Click Here

Medical / GR Eligibility

  • (877) 600-1377 (Automated)
  • (855) 832-8082 (Live Person)
  • Website: Click Here

Substance Use Disorder Assessment Center

  • (559) 600-3800
  • 2212 N. Winery, STE. #122, Fresno
  • Website: Click Here

Fresno County Resources and Information

For Children & Adolescents

Children's Mental Health

  • (559) 600-8918
  • 3133 N. Millbrook Avenue, Fresno

One Call For Kids

  • (559) 229-2000 
  • 4440 N. 1st St, Fresno 
  • Website: Click Here

Exodus Recovery Youth Crisis Center

  • (559) 512-8700
  • 4411 E. Kings Canyon Rd., Fresno
  • 24/7 Crisis Stabilization Services
  • Website: Click Here

For Adults

Urgent Care Wellness Center

  • (559) 600-9171
  • 4441 E. Kings Canyon Rd., Fresno

Blue Sky Wellness Center

  • (559) 230-2501
  • 1617 E. Saginaw Way, #108, Fresno
  • Website: Click Here

Exodus Recovery Crisis Center

  • (559) 453-1008
  • 4411 E. Kings Canyon Rd., Fresno
  • 24/7 Crisis Stabilization Services
  • Website: Click Here


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