Behavioral Health

Our Goal

The Behavioral Health Department offers a broad range of mental health, alcohol, and other drug (AOD) services to all residents of Sierra County. Our goal is to offer services in a supportive environment that focuses on recovery. Regardless of ability to pay, the Behavioral Health Department provides emergency crisis assessments and other services.


Our services include:
  • Priority perinatal drug and alcohol treatment
  • Alcohol and other drug assessments
  • Case management services and referrals
  • Individual and group alcohol and other drug counseling
  • Medication management and services
  • Mental health assessments
  • Mental health individual and family counseling
  • Nursing support
  • Peer support services
  • Psychiatric consultation
  • Residential rehabilitation and/or detoxification services
  • Veteran's peer support

Cooperation With Other Entities

Sierra County’s Behavioral Health Department maintains contracts with reputable agencies outside of the county that provide quality intensive mental health and alcohol and other drugs services. If clinically necessary, placements outside of Sierra County are coordinated for persons of all ages.

Placer/Sierra County Mental Health Plan (MHP)

The MHP works very much like a health insurance plan for “specialty mental health services.” The people who are covered in this Mental Health Plan (MHP) include children, young people, adults, and older adults, who live in Placer or Sierra County and receive Placer or Sierra County Medi-Cal. Each county in California has its own MHP and each MHP works differently. All county MHPs operate under rules set by the State of California and the federal government.

Placer/Sierra Guide to Medi-Cal Mental Health Services (English)
Placer/Sierra Guide to Medi-Cal Mental Health Services (Large Print)
Placer/Sierra Servicios de Salud Mental de Medi-Cal (Spanish)

Specialty Mental Health Services

Your regular doctor, sometimes referred to as you primary care physician (PCP), can provide some mental health services. However, sometimes mental health services need to be provided by a specialist. These services are referred to as “specialty mental health services.” These specialty services are provided through the Placer/Sierra County Mental Health Plan or MHP, which is separate from your regular doctor.


The Sierra County Behavioral Health Department and community organizations offer a variety of mental health and AOD programs.