Behavioral Health

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Dawan Utecht
Director of Behavioral Health/Public Guardian
1925 E. Dakota Ave, Fresno, CA 93726
Phone (559) 600-6899, Fax (559) 600-7711

Christina Young
Executive Assistant

Our Mission

DBH, in partnership with our diverse community, is dedicated to providing quality, culturally responsive, behavioral health services to promote wellness, recovery, and resiliency for individuals and families in our community.


DBH Cherry Blossom for Main Page 

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


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!




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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