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Crisis, Counseling, and Support Services



Call 911 if you or someone you know is at risk of harm to themselves or others and needs immediate help.

If you are not in imminent danger but need immediate crisis support call the Access Team at (800) 952-2335. They are available 24 hours a day for Santa Cruz County residents for assessment.


Mental Health


Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency

The Mental Health and Substance Abuse services division provides a wide range of prevention and treatment options for Santa Cruz County adults, children and their families.

   Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division:


   Adult Mental Health Services:


   Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services:


  831-454-4900 – Santa Cruz

  831-763-8990 - Watsonville


Encompass Community Services

Operates programs under four service components: Child and Family Development Programs, Youth Services, Community Recovery, and Support Services.



Encompass provides individual Services for youth , group and family counseling for ages 3-20 years old.

Santa Cruz: 831-429-8350 Watsonville: 831-688-8856 Email: youthservices@encompasscs.org



Suicide Prevention Services of the Central Coast

Services include: 24 hour multilingual suicide crisis line, grief support for survivors of suicide loss, suicide prevention outreach, and education for the community.




Barrios Unidos

Provides bilingual and culturally sensitive counseling program for individuals, group, and family counseling for youth age 3-20 years and their families.




Family Service Agency of the Central Coast

Provides a variety of counseling programs for children, families, adults, seniors, and LGBT

831-728-9975 and 831-423-9504



Community Connection

A program of the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County providing person-centered, strength based programs that provide pre-employment, employment, education, community integration and peer support services for individuals and families. Also operates College Connection on the Cabrillo Campus.

831-425-8132 or 831-768-8132




Online resource for college mental health.



A Home Within


This is a national organization with a Santa Cruz County chapter that provides free mental health therapy for foster youth.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.  Online information about suicide.


American Association of Suicidology

List of suicide survivor support groups by state.


Borderline Personality Disorder Resource Center

General information about Borderline Personality Disorder.


Half of Us

Mental health resources


Help After Neonatal Death (HAND)

Grief support for parents who have lost a baby.




Mood Letter

Provides information, hope, and help to people living with depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder and those who care for them.



Drug and Alcohol Services

Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency

Alcohol and Drug Services.



Al-Anon and Alateen

Groups for relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope, in order to solve their common problems.




Alcoholics Anonymous

Groups for men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

831-475-5782 (24 hour line)



Janus of Santa Cruz

Provides a variety of alcohol and drug rehab options designed for individual needs, from Outpatient Services and Short-term Detox to Extended Residential Treatment and ongoing medical treatment for opiate addiction at the Janus Community Clinic. The Perinatal Program offers both residential and day programs for drug and alcohol dependent pregnant women and new mothers. Two Sober Living Environments provide short-term as well as long-term stays.



Parents Center

Counseling in a confidential atmosphere for parents and children under 18.  Education and counseling for prevention of child abuse and to strengthen families.

831-426-7322 – Santa Cruz

831-724-2879 - Watsonville


Community Recovery Services (CRS) provides counseling and treatment services in residential and outpatient settings for individuals and families who experience life difficulties associated with substance abuse. Services are provided in both Santa Cruz and Watsonville.