Triage Program Overview

Triage Program Overview

There are 30 Triage programs operating in 20 counties which focus on providing services and supports that result in individuals being referred to the least restrictive wellness, resiliency, and recovery-oriented treatment settings that are appropriate to their needs.

Programs serve anyone of any age, with an emphasis on unserved, underserved, and hard to reach individuals including veterans, homeless, and youth.  Triage programs can include mobile crisis units, crisis stabilization, outreach, engagement, and direct service provision. Crisis teams in many counties work with local law enforcement and hospitals as well homeless shelters, community-based organizations, and schools.


The Investment in Mental Health Wellness Act of 2013 (SB 82)

Created by Senate Bill (SB) 82, this was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in June 2013 and provides grant funds to improve access to and capacity for mental health crisis services. This grant program provides funds to California counties to increase capacity for client assistance and services in crisis intervention, stabilization, treatment, rehabilitative mental health services and mobile crisis support teams. Services are designed to increase  access to effective  outpatient  and crisis services, provide an opportunity  to reduce  costs associated  with expensive  inpatient  and emergency  room care, reduce incarceration, and better meet the needs of individuals  experiencing a mental health crisis in the least restrictive manner possible.

Mental Health Triage Personnel Program objectives include:

  • Expand crisis treatment services by adding Crisis Residential Treatment beds, Crisis Stabilization services, Mobile Crisis Support Teams, Triage Personnel;
  • Improving the client experience, achieving recovery and wellness, and reducing costs;
  • Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and inpatient days;
  • Reducing recidivism and mitigating unnecessary expenditures of law enforcement;
  • Expand the continuum of services with early intervention and treatment options that are wellness, resiliency, recovery oriented in the least restrictive environment.

More information click: Senate Bill 82

SB 82 W&I Code sections on the Investment of Mental Health Wellness Act: Update



Triage Grant Round 2 Recipients

Grantee Program Focus Funding Amount
Alameda County Adult/Transition Age Youth $3,759,492.06
Berkeley City Adult/Transition Age Youth $614,834.50
Children and Youth $216,098.53
Butte County Adult/Transition Age Youth $514,743.27
The California Association of Health and Education Linked Professions JPA School/County Collaborative $5,293,367.35
Calaveras County Adult/Transition Age Youth $212,070.65
Children and Youth $366,562.87
Humboldt County Adult/Transition Age Youth $690,935.48
Children and Youth $512,712.74
School/County Collaborative $5,293,367.35
Los Angeles County Adult/Transition Age Youth $17,558,366.98
Children and Youth $13,755,073.37
Merced County Adult/Transition Age Youth $718,033.99
Placer County Adult/Transition Age Youth $799,922.38
Children and Youth $1,036,123.02
School/County Collaborative $5,293,367.35
Riverside County Children and Youth $1,436,318.53
Sacramento County Adult/Transition Age Youth $2,837,194.79
Children and Youth $1,684,568.99
San Francisco County Adult/Transition Age Youth $1,660,526.51
San Luis Obispo County Children and Youth $371,233.73
Santa Barbara County Children and Youth $882,415.63
Sonoma County Adult/Transition Age Youth $1,194,097.57
Stanislaus County Adult/Transition Age Youth $893,320.67
Children and Youth $422,127.70
Tulare Office of Education School/County Collaborative $5,293,367.34
Tuolumne County Adult/Transition Age Youth $461,370.50
Ventura County Adult/Transition Age Youth $1,754,732.93
Yolo County Adult/Transition Age Youth $207,908.65
Children and Youth $207,921.35