Public Hearing: MHSA Three Year Plan Mid-Year Adjustment


Public Hearing

We welcome your continued participation in the Community Planning Process. Please join us for the latest developments and to provide feedback, including on the one-time adjustment of more than $30 million dollars.


  • Monday, November 20, 2023
    1:00 - 3:30 pm

    Ventura County Behavioral Health
    1911 Williams Drive, Oxnard, CA 93036
    Large Training Room, 1st floor



Review the update to the MHSA Three Year Plan 2023-2026. For comparison, below you can find the initial document and the updated document, which incorporates the mid-year adjustment.




For more information, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Interpretation will be provided.

Funding is made through Ventura County Behavioral Health, Mental Health Services Act.



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MHSA Community Planning Process - Three Year Plan Update

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We welcome you to participate in the Community Planning Process for the MHSA Three Year Plan 2023-2026. Join to hear updates and make your voice heard.



  • Tuesday, October 3, 2023
    5:30 - 7:30 pm

    Ventura County Behavioral Health
    1911 Williams Drive, Oxnard, CA 93036
    Large Training Room, 1st floor




  • Tuesday, October 3, 2023
    12 - 1 pm
    Register for Zoom access and meeting information.




For more information, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Interpretation (Spanish & ASL) and childcare available upon request.

Funding is made through Ventura County Behavioral Health, Mental Health Services Act.



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Ventura County Strategic Plan for Suicide Prevention

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Ventura County Behavioral Health and the Ventura County Suicide Prevention Council have developed a draft Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan for Ventura County. It can be viewed by clicking here >

To provide comments on the plan, please click here > 

The Ventura County Suicide Prevention Council is comprised of countywide stakeholders who are dedicated to reducing suicides by offering help and hope to people of every culture, gender, and socioeconomic group throughout their lifespans.

After the plan is published, the Council will likely be forming workgroups to define specific activities and coordinate progress under each area.  

If you are interested in joining the Ventura County Suicide Prevention Council, to request a presentation, training, and/or for more information on implementation groups, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Mental Wellness Event: Empower Up! – May 4, 2023

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Empower Up Your Mental Wellness!

A day where young people will come together in one space to empower one another to elevate mental well-being.

  • Thursday May 4, 2023
    10AM – 2PM
  • Cal Lutheran University


  • Engaging activities and workshops
  • Inspiring talks by local youth leaders

For grades 9-12. Lunch and giveaways will be provided.

Spanish and ASL interpreters will be available.


Save the Date!

To register, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


See the event flyer > 

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MHSA Community Planning Process

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Come and hear what the community has to say about mental health. We welcome you to participate in the Community Planning Process and will be reviewing the results of the Ventura County Community Needs Assessment.



  • Oxnard
    Tuesday, November 29, 2022
    6:00 - 7:30 pm

    The Board Room at the Oxnard School District
    1051 South A Street, Oxnard CA 93030


  • Santa Paula
    Wednesday, November 30, 2022

    6:00 – 7:30 pm
    Community Center in Santa Paula
    530 W Main St, Santa Paula, CA 93060


  • Fillmore
    Wednesday, December 21, 2022

    6:00 – 7:30 pm
    Mountain Vista Elementary School
    918 5th St, Fillmore, CA 93015





To register by email, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Para registrarse a los eventos en español, por favor siga este enlace.


Interpretation and childcare available upon request.

Funding is made through Ventura County Behavioral Health, Mental Health Services Act.



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Preventing Suicide: Connections & Community

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Suicide touches us all. Find connections and support through personal stories, creative expression, wellness activities and local resources. 

Join us in-person or virtually for the Preventing Suicide: Connections & Community Forum. Free events on September 21 and 29.


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988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline



988 – New and Easy to Remember

A new, easy way to access support in a time of crisis is available. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is now the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. If you or someone you care about is thinking about suicide, call or text 988 now. It’s free, confidential, and available 24/7. 

Share this number to help link anyone in distress or crisis with a trained counselor who will listen compassionately and provide caring support and crisis resources.



  • Emergency: Call 911 and ask for a CIT Officer

  • Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: Call, text, or TTY 988
    Web Chat: 

  • Veteran’s Crisis Line: 988 then dial 1

  • Ventura County Crisis & Referral Line:

  • Substance Use Treatment Access Line:
    24/7 • 

  • The Trevor Project Lifeline (LGBTQ+ focus):
    24/7 •


Additional Resources:


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Coping with Tragic Events – PTSD Awareness Month

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PTSD Awareness Month

June is PTSD Awareness Month.

In the United States, there are approximately 8 million people with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Help is available, effective, and can lead to a better quality of life.

Learn more and find help:


Coping with Trauma

After a disaster, coping with stress and trauma is important from Day 1. Don't ignore your mental health. We each have different needs and different ways to cope. There are several things you can do to help care for yourself or a loved one.

Learn more and find resources:


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Community Webinars – Mental Health Matters!

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What is the difference between healthy stress and unhealthy anxiety? Between normal sadness and serious depression? Did you know that our emotional health affects our physical health too?


Please join us on: 

5:30 – 7:00 PM 

(English with Spanish interpretation)


REGISTER NOW for this free Zoom event:



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Serious mental illness can affect anyone, and getting help early is important. What are the signs? Learn how to recognize them, and how to help someone you care about.


Please join us on: 

5:30 – 7:00 PM

(English with Spanish interpretation)


5:30 – 7:00 PM

(Spanish with English interpretation)


REGISTER NOW for this free Zoom event:





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Wellness Every Day Webinars & Videos

See Ventura County Behavioral Health's Community Education & Support webinars, and the rest of our video library, on the Wellness Every Day YouTube channel.


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Community Education & Support Webinars


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 Learn about crisis signs & symptoms, and how to help someone who is suicidal and connect them to resources.

View on YouTube >



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Grief is a natural response to various losses we will experience in our lifetime.
Learn about the stages of grief and how to best care for yourself. 

View on YouTube >


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Stress & Self-Care Webinar

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Join us for this special community webinar. 

Learn techniques to manage stress and enhance your health and well-being. 


Please join us on: 

12:00 NOON – 1:30 PM 


REGISTER NOW for this free Zoom event: 

Interpretation is available upon prior request.




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Community Education and Support Webinars

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Grief is a natural response to various losses we will experience in our lifetime. Learn about the stages of grief and how to best care for yourself. 


Please join us on: 

3:00 – 4:00 PM 


REGISTER NOW for this free Zoom event via email:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Interpretation is available upon prior request.




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Community Update – Mental Health Services Act


JOIN US ONLINE for a community update on the Mental Health Services Act.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
6:00 – 7:30 PM


Thursday, November 18, 2021
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM  

Register for the Zoom event via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Interpretation is available upon prior request. 

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Featured Resource: CalHOPE

CalHOPE offers free resources for all Californians in need of support relating to COVID-19.

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We are all excited to return to school, but we may still be nervous about COVID. You’re not alone — CalHOPE is here to help. Connect with CalHOPE by chat or phone.
(833) 317-HOPE (4673)

CalHOPE Connect

CalHOPE Connect offers safe, secure, and culturally sensitive emotional support.
Learn more and chat now:

CalHOPE partnered with California Mental Health Services Association which has a statewide experienced workforce comprised of peers, community mental health workers, and other non-licensed personnel. Individuals in need of emotional and/or crisis support can connect via phone, videoconference, smart device, or computer chat. Depending upon needs and situation, family and/or group support sessions are also available. 

CalHOPE Warm Line

The CalHOPE warm line connects callers to other people who have persevered through struggles with stress, anxiety, depression—emotions triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. The peer counselors listen with compassion, provide non-judgmental support and guide you to additional resources that can give hope and help them cope.
Learn more:
Call: (833) 317-HOPE (4673)

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Mental Health and Wellness Tips for Today
The CalHOPE Together for Wellness website has easy-to-navigate wellness tools, including stress management and coping skills.

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Save the Date! Mental Health Action Day - May 20, 2021

In the wake of COVID-19, millions of people have uncovered new mental health conditions and millions more have had their existing challenges exacerbated. We must take action now to meet the needs of our communities and identify opportunities to build long-term resilience.

From Awareness to Action
While more people than ever before are comfortable discussing mental health, many fall through the cracks in the space between awareness and action – particularly those who have been marginalized or underserved by existing institutions.

That is why a coalition of nonprofits, brands and influential leaders are coming together to launch the first-ever Mental Health Action Day that will drive our culture from awareness to action. This moment will provide the tangible tools that will help us all take an action for ourselves, for our loved ones, and for our community.

Take the First Action
Action looks different for everyone, and Mental Health Action Day will encourage people to do what feels right for them.

Learn more:
Mental Health Action Day

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

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Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. And this year, more people than ever before are dealing with emotional challenges associated with the pandemic and the social upheaval experienced across our country. These stressors have amplified the need for public awareness and discussion of mental health as a key component of overall health. So, in conjunction with the national “May is Mental Health Awareness Month”, Ventura County Behavioral Health has launched a new countywide campaign, “I’m Talking About My Mental Health.”

This campaign was developed with de-stigmatization as a critical goal. By showing relatable people facing relatable challenges, reaching out for help and making positive changes in their lifestyles, we make the goal of improved mental health feel approachable and achievable. By personalizing the message – talking about “my” mental health – the campaign allows viewers to see others talking about, thinking about, and working on their mental health and fitness, and demonstrates this as normal and life-affirming behavior.

There are now billboards and posters in the community, public service announcements on the radio, and colleagues inviting discussion by wearing buttons or even using the themed Zoom background.

Please take a minute to get familiar with the campaign, and join us in promoting the discussion of mental health in the weeks ahead. 

Learn more:

I’m Talking About My Mental Health

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NAMIWalks Your Way Ventura County 2021

Join us for a United Day of Hope

Our 2021 NAMIWalks event will be a little different than what you might expect from a walk event— while making a lot of difference. It’s going to be “your way,” meaning you choose what you want to do on event day. Our collective mental health needs are at their greatest now. One in three U.S. adults reported experiencing depression or anxiety since the pandemic began. NAMI’s programs and advocacy are needed more than ever, and with your help, we are pleased to present NAMIWalks Your Way on Saturday, May 22, 2021.

What is NAMIWalks Your Way?
On May 22, 2021, NAMIWalks will be a virtually virtual experience, united with NAMIWalks across the country. NAMIWalks Your Way means instead of putting one foot in front of the other, you get to put one feat in front of the other: participants get to use their creativity, with the main rule that we continue to advance towards our goal by leaps and bounds. The choice is yours on how you want to make this spring’s event fit into this spring’s reality.

We will have two team captains from VCBH, Esperanza Mata and Vince Franco.

Join Our Team >

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5th Annual Preventing Suicide: Help & Hope Conference – A Review 

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 The 5th Annual Preventing Suicide: Help & Hope Conference was held on December 10, 2020. Keynote Speaker Pablo Campos from Active Minds shared his insights about struggling with depression and addiction – and his road from attempting suicide to recovery. QPR Suicide Prevention Training was also offered.

Pablo Campos shared an inspiring story of his challenges in his road to recovery and talked about how stigma, cultural norms, and lack of education affected him and his recovery process. He discussed important obstacles that many struggles with when dealing with a mental illness and addiction; growing up without any discussion of or education on mental health, having to juggle the norms of two cultures, and lacking healthy coping skills. Pablo shared about not understanding why he had feelings of anger and frustration and of being unsure how to cope. He talked about how stigma and a lack of education made seeking help more difficult, but by finding a strong network of professionals and loved ones, he was able to grow from being his own worst enemy to a powerful participant in his recovery.

The QPR training is a great educational resource that teaches how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. The program is designed to teach lay and professional "gatekeepers" the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond; it is designed to increase the chance of survival in the event of a crisis. The mission for QPR is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training.

Suicide is a tragic reaction to severe distress or feelings of hopelessness in one's life. Thoughts of suicide do not necessarily mean that you want to die. Instead they mean that you have more pain than you can cope with right now. However, suicidal thoughts do not have to become suicidal actions. It's important to know that suicide can be preventable. Whether you are considering ending your life, or know someone who feels suicidal, learn to recognize the warning signs and how to get immediate help. You may save a life – your own or someone else's.

Learn More:

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It’s Never Too Early to Talk with Children About Race

Source: Yale News, June 15, 2020
By Brita Belli

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Many parents are now feeling a sense of urgency to discuss race and racism with their children. It helps to give parents the tools they need to have difficult conversations with their children, especially around issues of race and health equity. Weaving these into daily discussions is an essential step in creating a more equitable and just future for all children. 

Research shows that what children learn, hear, and witness from family members, friends, and others in their communities about race plays a major role in how they view people who are different from them. Children “identify all kinds of differences quite readily,” said Yarrow Dunham, assistant professor of psychology at Yale and director of the Social Cognitive Development Lab. “The critical question is: Which of those differences do they come to think of as important determinants of social identity and social outcomes? They make those decisions by observing the world around them. And here — unfortunately — the world presents them with abundant evidence that race matters.” As a result, it’s imperative that parents recognize and talk about racial differences with kids from an early age to prevent racism from taking root, said Yale experts. “It’s important that we tell children about their environment and what’s going on in the world,” said Dr. Wanjiku Njoroge, a board-certified child psychiatrist and adjunct professor of psychiatry at Yale, whose research focuses on the impact of culture on early infant and childhood development. 

Recommended Resources for Talking with Kids

See the many resources that can help parents educate themselves about race and racism, including books for youth of all ages, resources for adults, and tips on how to talk to children. They include:

  • Where to find diverse children’s books: a guide to blogs and sites where parents can find books featuring diverse characters and highlighting social justice from EmbraceRace, a parent-founded organization to fight systemic racism.

  • Anti-racism books for kids: books for kids of different ages that celebrate racial diversity and explain how diversity makes us stronger from Books for Littles, an organization that uses picture books to help parents have important conversations about social issues. 

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Staying Healthy & Connected During the Holidays

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This year has been hard on everyone, which means a lot more people will be feeling the holiday blues. Since it’s harder to get together with family and friends, let’s try keep in mind those who might be feeling a little extra lonely this time of year and make an effort to reach out.

The good thing about today’s world is that many of us have the technology to stay connected, even if we are miles away from each other.

Here are some tips to stay connected:

If you are feeling sad from the distance during these unprecedented times. Try the following to stay connected with friends and family virtually.

  • Plan a virtual holiday party via Zoom call with family and friends you usually see around the holidays. You can open gifts together, play games, and keep connected while being distant.
  • Make a video card with your child and email to family members or friends for the holidays or just because you’re thinking of them.
  • Call friends and family you know will be spending the holidays alone.
  • Plan virtual activities you can do with family and friends on the days leading up to the holidays. With video chat, you can build gingerbread houses together, make holiday cards, or decorate cookies.
  • Stream a movie virtually with friends and family – watch your favorite holiday movies with your loved ones. Try different online resources that synchronize video playback and add a group chat.

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Set time aside to connect with those who might be feeling lonely:

Over 40 percent of older adults experience loneliness and isolation on a regular basis. Many look forward to companionship during the holidays, that’s why times like these can be especially difficult for them. Make sure you set aside some time to bring comfort in their lives – even if it’s virtual.

  • If you know of any older adults around your neighborhood you could leave a holiday casserole or a plate of food at their doorstep for them to enjoy.
  • Plan a phone date with an older friend or relative. Acknowledge their feelings and make them feel supported by listening. offering advice and resources on ways to pass the time while also distancing.
  • Make them feel included and be patient. Not many older adults are tech savvy. Teach them how to FaceTime or use Zoom so they can join virtual events with the family.
  • Send a card, a letter, an email or a text.
  • Check in regularly – 5 minutes can make a big difference and be something to look forward to.

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Keeping yourself healthy is not only good for you but also your family:

Don’t abandon healthy habits this holiday season – manage stress and keep healthy.

  • Understand that this holiday season is bound to be different and some changes may make it easier for you, and for your family. Now is the time to try new traditions and activities that are fitting with the times.
  • Being connected 24/7 can produce stress. Try turning away from your electronics, and set aside 10 minutes to stretch, meditate or listen to soothing music.

In order to keep your family healthy, you have to stay healthy yourself. Try these tips:

  • Eat healthy snacks
  • Get enough sleep
  • Go on social distance walks around your neighborhood
  • Don’t go overboard on unhealthy snacks and drinks
  • And most importantly – don’t try to please everyone this holiday season. It’s been a hard time for everyone, so just remember it’s okay to not feel 100 percent jolly.
  • Find support. If you are feeling overwhelmed it’s okay to talk to a professional about your mental health. They can help you come up with a plan to cope with those feelings.


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