Counseling and Mental Health
Below you’ll find a list of organizations that provide counseling and mental health services. For a more general list of medical services, click here.
Patients’ Rights Advocate Program
333 Front St, Suite 101, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
The Patients’ Rights Advocate Program ensures that recipients of mental health services are notified of their rights, monitors mental health facilities for compliance with patient’s rights, and receives, investigates and takes action to resolve complaints concerning denial of rights of recipients of mental health services. To be eligible, you must be a resident of a long term care facility or a recipient of mental health services.
California Youth Crisis Line
24 Hours: 1-800-843-5200
The California Youth Crisis Line is a statewide, toll free, 24-hour, confidential phone line available to young people between the ages of 12-24, and concerned friends and family members. CCY provides crisis intervention counseling on many issues including family problems, sexual assault, eating disorders, teen pregnancy, substance abuse, suicide and more.
Divorced Fathers Network
720 26th Ave #12, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Local chapters sponsor free weekly co-parenting classes, individual mentoring for fathers, recreational activities for families, and their friends. Fathers throughout the United States are studying Steve’s book, Fathers are Forever: A Co-Parenting Guide for the 21st Century. To read the first chapter click here (PDF). Call for meeting times and locations.
El Dorado Center
941 El Dorado Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
El Dorado Center (EDC) is a 16-bed, community-based treatment program for individuals who are in crisis and in need of intensive residential services. The adjacent Dominican Partial Hospitalization program provides intensive day treatment and medication services. EDC staff provides structured activities, community outings, individual counseling, and crisis intervention around the clock as needed.
Family Service Agency
104 Walnut Avenue #208, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Mission statement: “To provide affordable counseling services, mental health education and referrals to individuals, couples and families throughout Santa Cruz County.” FSACC is a private, non-profit agency serving the community since 1957. They offer a variety of clinical, crisis, educational, outreach and supportive services designed to maintain and strengthen family and community life. Programs include: Counseling Services, Senior Outreach, Suicide Prevention, I-You Venture, Renaissance, First Step, PEAKS, and Continuing Education. Call or visit the website for more information.
Mental Health Services Coordination Team
The Mental Health Services Coordination team provides case management and crisis intervention services to individuals with a dual diagnosis of co-occuring mental health and substance abuse disorders. Coordinators work with individuals to assist them in maintaining psychiatric stability and sobriety, and in developing support networks and connecting to the community.
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Adults and Older Adults: 1400 Emeline St, 2nd Floor, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Children: 1400 Emeline St, 1st Floor, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
24 Hour Help Line: 1-800-952-2335
The Adult Mental Health Services Program provides supportive services to transition age youth (18-25), adults (25-60) and older adults (over 60) in need of mental health treatment. Services are targeted to individuals with serious and persistent mental illnesses. The agency also offers Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, including assessment, individual, family, and group therapy, school based day treatment, family support, and evaluation for psychiatric hospitalization. All services are based on primary goals of promoting recovery, resilience and improved quality of life for people affected by serious mental illness.
Pacific Treatment Associates
313-B Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Self-referred and court mandated counseling and support groups for molesters and domestic violence diversion are available. Bilingual services provided for sex offenders. Some services are sliding scale.
Papas, Supporting Father Involvement
18 W. Lake Ave Suite L, Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 763-4725 (Speak to Herendira)
PAPÁS is part of a study funded by the California Office of Child Abuse Prevention researching the best ways to help fathers participate in their families and communities. Research shows that when dads or other father figures participate in children’s lives those kids do better in school, have less legal troubles, better problem-solving skills and reduced teen pregnancy among many other positive outcomes. In addition, fathers report more satisfaction at work, greater self-esteem and better overall health. Call for more information.
Mission statement: At the Santa Cruz Community Counseling Center, we believe that, with support, individuals can live full lives and find positive solutions to the challenges that come their way. Without support, these same challenges can seem overwhelming. We provide this support through four programs with services dedicated to advocacy, counseling and education.
Suicide Prevention Services
104 Walnut Ave Suite 208, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
The Suicide Prevention Service offers a 24-hour confidential crisis line for any individuals in a crisis situation, or for those who are feeling suicidal. Referrals are also available.
Survivors of Incest Anonymous (SIA)
SIA is a 12-step, self-help recovery program modeled after Alcoholics Anonymous. There are no dues or fees. Confidentiality and anonymity are essential to our program. SIA is for men and women, 18 years and older, who were sexually abused as children.
Welfare and Low Income Support Network
509 Broadway, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Provides peer support, self-empowerment, and volunteer opportunities for low-income families in Santa Cruz County. Current projects include information and advocacy for CALWORKS, SSI, GA, Food Stamps, MediCal and other welfare programs. Also provides support a number of individual projects and committees which benefit the economically disadvantaged: support for fair hearings, family gatherings, food pantry, survival networking, volunteer skills training and referrals to other local agencies and organizations. Call for more information.
1001 41st Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
WomenCARE offers a safe haven where women who are making the cancer journey will find mutual support, shared experience and open hearts. Throughout diagnosis, healing, surviving or dying, CARE’s mission is to provide FREE cancer advocacy, resources, education and support to women with all types of cancer, to their families and friends, and to healthcare practitioners working in the field.
24 Hour Helpline: (831) 425-0771 or (831) 728-2226
Youth Services provides counseling to young people and their families.They also assist runaways and specialize in teenage problems or questions about family conflict, school, drugs, abuse, runaway, pushed-out, etc.
**Some information including mission statements and program details taken from providers’ websites**