The following classes of persons are designated as persons who may, upon probable cause, take, or caused to be taken, persons with a mental health disorder described in WIC 5150 into custody and place them into a psychiatric facility.
EFFECTIVE: Feb 01, 2020, the following professionals are required to complete the 5150 WRITING certification Training & Test if they desire to be eligible for 5150 writing privilege designation by the County Behavioral Health Director:
Evaluation Requests: Humboldt County Behavioral Health is a designated Psychiatric Health Facility, and the only 5150 receiving unit located within the North Coast Emergency Medical Services region.
Humboldt County is also fortunate to have a Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU). This is the 5150 receiving unit for the Behavioral Health Branch where individuals are assessed to determine if psychiatric hospitalization is required, or if the mental health consumer can be served utilizing less restrictive, lower level of care, usually home. Behavioral Health Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) team members will make appropriate referrals for all individuals who do not require hospitalization. There is not a physician on the floor at all times, so individuals may have to wait until the next day to be assessed by a psychiatrist.
Humboldt County Behavioral Health Services include:
The Mobile Intervention and Services Team (MIST) will work specifically with people who are homeless and need help stabilizing their mental illness and securing services and assistance they need to avoid further problems. Humboldt County Behavioral Health staff join forces with officers from the Eureka Police Department (EPD) to coordinate in serving homeless people with severe mental illness.
One of the primary goals of the team is to specifically help homeless people who have frequent contact with both Eureka police and DHHS Behavioral Health staff. Mental Health staff will assist the person in the field, as well as in transition, if necessary, to DHHS’s Crisis Stabilization Unit or its hospital. With an earlier and integrated team response, individuals will receive needed care and treatment with the goal of avoiding further law enforcement intervention and psychiatric hospitalization
Permanent Supportive Housing Humboldt Housing and Homeless Coalition (HHHC) has taken every opportunity from HUD to increase the community’s stock of Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH). When funded by HUD, this housing option requires the occupant to be low-income, disabled and chronically homeless. PSH can be funded by other sources, not just HUD, and DHHS Behavioral Health has a collaborative agreement for 15 units of PSH using the MHSA Housing Program that opened Fall 2015, known as Arcata Bay Crossing (ABC).
Arcata Bay Crossing (ABC), this development has 42 housing units total, including the 15 set aside for homeless people with serious mental illness. Persons that need the level of support provided by PSH will be eligible for placement into ABC.
Community Corrections Resource Center (CCRC) is a multidisciplinary center that provides jail custody and community-based services to County Probation Department offenders under AB109.