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SLO County approves more funding for youth mental health services

Posted at 1:03 PM, Aug 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-21 16:03:41-04

The San Luis Obispo County approved more funding to help revamp mental health services offered to youths in the county Tuesday morning. 

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors increased funding for  county health services through Family Care Network by nearly $870,000. 

Previously, a mix of county staff and Family Care Network employees handled mental health services for youths. That responsibility now lies solely with Family Care Network. 

The board and network employees hope the program will be able to reach more families. 

"It’ll be one team of staff under family care network so that they will provide all the psychiatric services," said Anne Robin, a behavioral health administrator for the county. "It will be one team of staff under Family Care Network to provide the most intensive services in the schools, in the community, at homes for youth and little guys who need the most mental health support."

A town hall meeting for the Mental Services Act will be on Aug. 28 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Nipomo Library, located at 918 W. Tefft St., Nipomo.  

That meeting will allow community members learn about the different types of mental health services, how to get involved and who the local providers are. 
The public is encouraged to attend. 

Next month, the county expects to receive a $522,000 grant from the governor’s budget to provide mobile health services to the homeless population. 

That meeting will be on Sept. 11.