Future of Behavioral Health

Thank you to all who completed our survey, participated in an interview, or attended an Ideas Exchange event to help explore what the future of behavioral health, including mental health and substance use, can look like in Santa Monica! 

On January 10, 2024, beginning at 5:30 p.m. the Santa Monica Human Services Commission Invites Community Input on the City’s Behavioral Health Feasibility Study: To address the impending challenges related to behavioral health, the City of Santa Monica’s Human Services Division has partnered with Initium Health – a consulting firm and public benefit corporation - to develop a feasibility study with the goal of developing a holistic behavioral health strategy that proposes both short-term and long-term approaches to the myriad of issues facing our community in relation to mental health and substance abuse.

The City’s Human Services Commission invites members of the public to attend and provide input on various aspects of the Behavioral Health Feasibility Study at their meeting on Wednesday, January 10, 2024, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room on the second floor at the Main Library (601 Santa Monica Blvd). The meeting agenda packet will be available on the Human Services Commission webpage at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.

Therapeutic Transport Team launches Jan. 8

Santa Monica first responders will now have access to a dedicated behavioral health team to better assist individuals in need of mental health care, thanks to a partnership between the city and the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.

The pilot program, launched Jan. 8, 2024, provides a specialized therapeutic transport team that will be available five days a week to assist Santa Monica Police and Fire personnel with 911 and non-emergency calls for service that involve someone experiencing mental health crisis. The partnership with the Department of Mental Health, or DMH, is part of Santa Monica’s push to collaborate with regional service providers for a coordinated, holistic approach to addressing homelessness.

Read the fact sheetbrochure and press release for more details.