San Diego County


Crisis Stabilization Unit Opens in Vista

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

District Attorney Summer Stephan joined County officials in the grand opening of a free-standing crisis stabilization unit in Vista on September 30. This new resource is for people experiencing a behavioral health crisis and it was a recommendation of the DA’s Office that was included in the Blueprint for Mental Health Reform. Watch more in the video. More…

A completely broken behavioral health systems

Sunday, October 3, 2021

So many people tried to help Steven John Olson as he slowly sank ever deeper into mental illness, substance abuse and homelessness. His former wife, who spent many a night having her husband committed to psychiatric units when he became violent. His nephew, who clung to early memories of an uncle who held a job and was kind and generous, even after Olson became aloof and adrift, even mean. More…

Supervisor: Vista Crisis Stabilization Unit ‘Lifesaver for North County,’ Mental Health Needs

Thursday, September 30, 2021

A crisis stabilization unit opened Thursday in Vista, a facility intended to provide much-needed support to people who might otherwise end up in jail or the emergency room. Officials touted the center as the first of its kind in the region outside of a hospital setting to serve those experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis. More…

Better Health Services For San Diego’s Incarcerated

Thursday, September 9, 2021

The county’s suicide prevention council released its annual report on the status of suicides in San Diego. The county behavioral health director Dr. Luke Bergmann says the pandemic exposed the inequities correlated with mental health. More…

San Diego County program to prioritize health of inmates

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

San Diego County leaders on Wednesday announced a significant investment in the health of those incarcerated in county facilities. Under the initiative, $25 million will be set aside to hire 160 staff members, offer assessments, addiction treatment, and medication to people who are in custody. Funding will also help connect people to services once they are released from a county detention facility. More…

San Diego Sheriff, County Health Department will coordinate care in jails

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

The Sheriff’s Department struck an agreement with the San Diego Health and Human Services Agency to work together to improve healthcare for people incarcerated in the county’s seven jails, officials announced Wednesday. More…