May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Kings County mental health patients can find resources through the Kings County Behavioral Health organization among others, which provides help for mental illness and addiction.
“Kings County is a smaller county and when I first came to the behavioral services department in 1978 there was only one other person and a secretary. Services have improved since then, but we still see a lack of providers in the region and in general, which makes it more difficult to connect people who need these services with the providers themselves,” said Baird.
“Kings View Counseling Services is contracted by the county to provide services as the county is unable to fund a stand-alone clinic. According to the National Alliance for Mental Health, 1 in 5 Americans will be diagnosed with a mental illness,” he said. “One in 20 will be diagnosed with a serious mental illness. The stigma attached to mental illness as painted by Hollywood and the news does not help those who want treatment. They fear being labeled and therefore do not ask for help.
Most insurance companies regulate authorized providers in a paid network. The average cost of a visit to a therapist is $100 to $200 per visit according to Psychology Today. The average cost of a consultation with a psychiatrist is $300 to $500 depending on the practice, depending on betterhelp.com.
In Kings County, these hotlines are available:
• Mental health services access line: 559 582-4481
• Psychiatric crisis line: 1 800 655-2553
• Services for substance use disorders:
Adults: 559-583-9300 | Youth: 559-584-8100
• National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
• Local crisis line: 1 877 306-2413
• Dial community resource information: 2-1-1
The community action organization Kings provides assistance to the community with housing, childcare, employment and food.
Kings County Behavioral Health serves all residents of Kings County. Some of the adult services include:
• Full Service Partnership – Intensive case management for residents with severe mental or emotional challenges. This program is completely free to all residents of Kings County.
• Support Groups – Family Members Group and Sisters Speak
• The Collaborative Justice Treatment Court – A new program to facilitate court treatment.
• The Anchors Supportive Housing – A program designed to provide supportive, permanent housing using Proposition 63 funding that was completed in 2015. This facility houses residents of the FSP program.