County Supervisors Greenlight Mental Health Program for First Responders [sandiegouniontribune.com]

 

By Charles T. Clark, The San Diego Union-Tribune, September 10, 2019

On Tuesday the San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously backed a proposal creating a new behavioral health program that will provide confidential mental health services to all first responders in the county, even if they are retired.

The program will cost $450,000 in the current fiscal year’s budget with funds coming from a realignment of Health and Human Services funding.

Although public safety departments in the county and several cities already offer mental health services to employees, advocates and some heads of the departments say the stigma surrounding mental health and concerns about confidentiality often prevent first responders from seeking help.



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