Community Mental Health Resources

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    The following resources are community-based counseling, drug, alcohol and mental health services that may assist parents with possible options for addressing non-school related concerns. Please note that these resources are not educationally-related services, special education, or designated instruction and services as defined under the Education Code, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
    Talking to children about Violence. Recommendations from the National Association of School Psychologists.
    #OakParkConnects is a new website provided by our district. It allows parents and students to access community mental health resources, scheduled counseling activities and support for dealing with traumatic events.
    • California Lutheran Family Counseling Center in Thousand Oaks:
      Phone: (805) 493-3390
    • Clinicas del Camino Real, Inc.                                                                                      
      Has been providing quality primary and preventative healthcare services to the residents of Ventura County since 1971. Starting as a "free clinic" in Santa Paula, California, Clinicas del Camino Real, Inc. now operates thirteen health center locations. Clinicas' bilingual and bicultural staff reach out to members of the community who are traditionally underserved due to limited income, resources, cultural and language barriers. For more information go to:
    • Engage Psychological Services in Westlake: 
      Phone: (805) 497-0605
    • Ludington Institute for Family Enrichment:
      Phone:(805) 449-4375
    • Jewish Family Service
    • COMMUNITY CONSCIENCE: Thirteen Ventura County social services agencies can be accessed at this link. They include such groups such as the Conejo Free Clinic, Hospice of the Conejo Valley, Senior Concerns and Youth Employment Services. Three government social service agencies are also tenants including the Social Service Administration, Probation Youth Services and WIC Nutrition Program.
    • NAMI: The National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. You can reach the NAMI helpline at: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or via email at:
    • PARENT PROJECT: The Parent Project is offered through various cities within Ventura County.  This program was created for parents with difficult or out-of-control adolescents. Parents learn and practice specific prevention and intervention strategies for destructive behaviors-truancy, alcohol and other drug use, gangs, occult practices, running away, violence, and suicide.
    • RISE (Rapid Integrated Support and Engagement) is a new program in the Ventura County Behavioral Health System.  RISE stands for Rapid Integrated Support and Engagement RISE referrals may be submitted for clients who suffer from or appear to suffer from a mental illness of some kind AND who are either unable or unwilling to access further assessment or treatment.  Typically, these are clients who have been released from the psychiatric hospital -often multiple times- but have never made it into outpatient mental health clinics; homeless clients who are mentally ill but currently refuse treatment or are unable to access treatment; or clients whose symptoms are so severe that they cannot leave the house or get to a VCBH clinic for assessment. They will also assess for other needs such as food and tokens for public transportation. To contact RISE call (805) 981-4233 or email:
    • STRYVE is a national initiative, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which takes a public health approach to preventing youth violence before it starts. To support this effort, STRYVE Online provides communities with the knowledge and resources to be successful in preventing youth violence. 
    • VENTURA COUNTY "INTERFACE" HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES ONLINE: an integrated component of the County Health Care system, to promote resiliency, recovery, and hope for their clients.
    • VENTURA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH Services provided: Adult immunizations (including Rubella, and Varicella blood titers), Child Immunizations including Tdap immunizations needed for 7th-grade students to enter school, Dental Care for Children, International travel vaccines, Pregnancy testing, TB skin testing, Sexual Transmitted Infection (STI) Testing & Treatment 
    • VENTURA COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION sponsors a Comprehensive Health and Prevention Programs website for Parents and Teens.
    • WELLNESS EVERYDAY Mental Health Information/Resources in Ventura County. Find wellness information, tips, resources, and classes in Ventura County to help you take steps to keep your body, mind, and relationships healthy.
     The following services are offered at the Conejo and Simi Valley Free Clinics:
    • 400 three-hour clinics in General Medicine, Women’s Health and Pediatrics.
    • Saturday Women’s Clinics for working women:  well-woman exams, PAP testing, and mammograms.
    • Dental:  limited care through private practices for children and adults with serious dental issues.
    • Counseling services: led by a licensed clinical psychologist and counseling program interns from California Lutheran University.
    • Advocacy services:  facilitation from CFC staff to help our patients secure advanced care when their case goes beyond CFC’s scope of care.
    • Legal services:  top legal professionals volunteer their time to provide advice and referrals without charge in a wide variety of legal matters, including family law, bankruptcies and immigration.
    • A variety of health classes and seminars, including smoking cessation, diabetes education, and nutrition.
    Conejo Free Clinic
    80 East Hillcrest Drive Suite # 102
    Thousand Oaks, CA. 91360
    Phone: (805) 497-3575 for Appointment (805) 379-1918 for Administration
    Fax: (805) 497-4099
    The Free Clinic of Simi Valley
    2060 Tapo Street
    Simi Valley, CA 93063
    (805) 522-3733
    • ALATEEN/ALANON VENTURA COUNTY Hotline 24 Hours 7 Days A Week: (805) 495-0270  or  (805) 656-7110
    • ALCOHOL ADDICTION CENTER Alcohol Addiction Center is a free, web-based resource helping to bring education and information to the world of alcohol addiction. It is our hope that with increased awareness, more and more people will get help with their alcohol problems.
      CDC is the nation’s health protection agency, working 24/7 to protect America from health and safety threats, both foreign and domestic. CDC increases the health security of our nation. Website:
    • ENGAGE TREATMENT PROGRAMS: Engage Treatment Programs supports local teens and young adults in the community, helping them learn the skills and tools necessary in order to live a more healthy and satisfying life. Engage clients to enter our programs seeking guidance at one of the most difficult or challenging times in their lives. Our clients leave not only with the necessary tools to make their goals as a reality but with hope for a bright future to Fully ENGAGE in life.
    • JUST THINK TWICE This is a DEA sponsored website with comprehensive, and current drug information. 
    • MONTANA METH PROJECT Montana Meth Project is a large-scale prevention program aimed at significantly reducing first-time meth use through public service messaging, public policy, and community outreach. 
    • RECOVERY VILLAGE offers comprehensive treatment for dual diagnosis based drug and alcohol rehab, eating disorder and mental health treatments tailored to the patient’s specific needs.
    • (SAMHSA) Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration.
    • The UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, CHICAGO The UIC departments of Health Informatics and Health Information Management have comprehensive information about the epidemic of binge drinking in America at this link.
    A Parents’ Guide to Suicide Prevention
    Each day in America, nearly 3,500 high school students attempt suicide. Among college students, suicide is the second leading cause of death in the country. Supporting a student who struggles with mental health can be difficult for parents and they may not know where to start. This guide provides resources and expert advice to help parents compassionately care for high school and college students and make sure they get the professional services they need. For resources and on how to Support Your High School or College Student go to the following link:
    OUR HOUSE Grief Support OUR HOUSE is a leading provider of grief education, offering workshops, seminars, and in-service training to mental health and medical professionals, clergy,   educators, and other members of the community who interact with bereaved families.The OUR HOUSE grief education program is part of the curricula for students at USC’s Keck and UCLA’s David Geffen Schools of Medicine and the American Jewish University. For more information go to the link above.
    Los Angeles County Department of Mental Healsh
     LOS ANGELES COUNTY SUICIDE PREVENTION PROJECT: For comprehensive resources on suicide prevention and response, please see the Prevention Project website linked above.
    Suicide is Preventable
     SUICIDE IS PREVENTABLE is a statewide suicide prevention social marketing campaign built on three key messages: Know the signs. Find the words. Reach out. This campaign is intended to educate Californians how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, how to find the words to have a direct conversation with someone in crisis and where to find professional help and resources. For more information click on the link above.   
     MY3MY3 LETS YOU STAY CONNECTED WHEN YOU ARE HAVING THOUGHTS OF SUICIDE With MY3, you define your network and your plan to stay safe. With MY3 you can be prepared to help yourself and reach out to others when you are having thoughts of suicide. The App is downloadable from the Apple Store and Google Play. To access, the website clicks the link above. 
    Best Colleges.comUNDERSTANDING SUICIDE PREVENTION  The website contains a myriad of resource to help understand how the transition from high school to college causes many young people to contemplate suicide. Also, has a section on 10 Things To Look For In A Mental-Health-Friendly College. To access this website click on the link above.
    Wake Forest
    Online Counseling Guide on Suicide Prevention from the Wake Forest Graduate School of Counseling. To access, this website go to:
    Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE can help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-8255 or online:

    Crisis Hotlines
    2-1-1 provides callers with information about and referrals to human services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. For example
    2-1-1 can offer access to the following types of services.Basic Human Needs Resource: food banks, clothing closets, shelters, rent assistance, utility assistance. Physical and Mental Health Resources: health insurance programs, Medicaid and Medicare, maternal health, Children's Health Insurance Program, medical information lines, crisis intervention services, support groups, counseling, drug and alcohol intervention, and rehabilitation. Employment Supports are: financial assistance, job training, transportation assistance, education programs. Support for Children, Youth, and Families: childcare, after-school programs, Head Start, family resource centers, summer camps and recreation programs, mentoring, tutoring, protective services. Volunteer Opportunities and Donations. For more information, you can also go to their website by clicking the link above. 
    CRISIS TEXT LINECRISIS TEXT LINE  Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via the medium people already use and trust: text. Here’s how it works: Text START to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds quickly. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool one.
    TEEN LINE is a confidential telephone helpline for teenaged callers. It operates every evening from 6:00pm to 10:00pm PST and is toll-free from anywhere in California. If you have a problem or just want to talk with another teen who understands, then this is the right place for you! You can call us at 800-852-8336 and even text us by texting “TEEN” to 839863TEEN LINE also offers message boards, resources, and information on their website which you can access by clicking the link above.
    Ventura County Behavioral HealthVENTURA COUNTY CRISIS HOTLINE This toll-free crisis number is the "access" line and "portal of entry" to Ventura County Behavioral Health. Crisis intervention and stabilization services are available to individuals who are experiencing an urgent or emergent mental health crisis. On a 24/7 basis, via mobile field response and/or by telephone, the multi-disciplinary Crisis Team staff provide rapid mental health services that are supportive and strength based in nature and that assist the individual to remain at the least restrictive level of care possible. For many of those calling upon the services of the Crisis Team, it is their first contact with mental health professionals.  The follow-up, outreach, support and linkage to needed services are critical components of the Crisis Team's mission. Referrals are individually customized to ensure that appropriate cultural and linguistic needs are accommodated.  To access mental health services, or for immediate help, please call 1-866-998-2243. 
     YOUTH OUTREACH LINE Youth Rescue Staff are available day and evening to work with runaway, homeless, couch surfing youth or youth who are at risk for running away or homelessness. Services are provided to youth ages 12-21. Youth Rescue Staff meet with youth in community settings such as schools, libraries, or another agreed-upon community location. Call 24-7 at: 805-469-5882
    Suicide Prevention Lifeline 
    NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE can help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-8255 or online at: 
    Covenant House
    COVENANT HOUSE NINELINE: Crisis intervention homeless assistance hotline & website. Counselors available 24hrs per day for crisis assistance of any kind call 1-800-999-9999 or go to the website by clicking the link above. 
    LGBT Resources
    The Trevor Project Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. For more information go to the Trevor Project Website at: Our trained counselors are here to support you 24/7. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the Trevor Lifeline now at 866-488-7386.

    LGBTQ The LGBT National Hotline is staffed by highly trained volunteers who identify somewhere on the LGBTQ spectrum, from all ages, walks of life and from all over the United States.  888-843-4564

    The Lounge
    Gender Spectrum Lounge - conversations on gender without the boxes
    The Lounge is a space for teens, parents, and professionals to connect with one another. Members can form their own groups and participate in our broader online community. Meet new people and connect with friends and colleagues online. For more information go to: 
    Welcome to Trans* Lounge, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s groundbreaking education & empowerment program dedicated to serving Los Angeles’ trans and gender-expansive community. For more information go to:
    Also, click on the hyperlink to view a PDF version of their PowerPoint Presentation "Our Trans Loved Ones

    • CHOICES: The Award Winning Health & Life Skills Magazine for Teens. Choices is a magazine dedicated to the health and well-being of middle and high school students. Published by Scholastic, each issue is packed with page-turning stories about crucial issues that matter to teens— from bullying, drinking, and technology, to nutrition, fitness, and goal-setting.
    • DMV FOR TEENSAn informational website regarding the new driving laws for teens as well as a wealth of resources on driver education/training, insurance, financial responsibility, drug and alcohol use, effects and consequences; study materials etc... 
    • SAHM: Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) is a multidisciplinary organization committed to improving the physical and psychosocial health and well-being of all adolescents through advocacy, clinical care, health promotion, health service delivery, professional development, and research. 


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Last Modified on August 22, 2020