Kings County Behavioral Health services during COVID-19 Community Guidance County Behavioral Health services, access line, warm line, crisis lines, and informational line (2-1-1) remain available to new and existing clients
Providers are adhering to the evolving social distancing guidelines set forth nationally and locally for the health and wellbeing of clients, the community, and themselves. We care about you and your safety! As such services may look different during COVID-19 as they may be primarily completed through telephonic or telehealth video conferencing services. Regardless of the method of delivery, Kings County Behavioral Health and its providers remain open to new and existing clients.
Crisis And Suicide Prevention:
- If you are experiencing a psychiatric crisis, contact the Kings County Crisis Team at: (800) 655-2553
- For suicide prevention, contact (800) 273-TALK (8255). No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7. You can also text chat: Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime 24/7
For Connection (Non-Crisis):
- For Information/Local Resources:
Anyone, any age, can call the non-crisis Kings/Tulare Warm Line available 24/7, including weekends and holidays. The Warm Line is a number you can call when you need to speak with someone who will listen to your concerns without judgment or criticism. It is a peer-to-peer telephone support service that is staffed by people who have experienced the same kinds of issues a caller might have. We are ready to listen when you are ready to talk. Call (877) 306-2413 (Toll-free).
For Information / Local Resources
- Local resource information can be accessed by dialing 2-1-1, logging onto www.211kingscounty.org, downloading the 211 Intelliful ™ mobile app, or by texting your zip code to 898211. These 2-1-1 services are free of charge, available 24/7 weekends and holidays. Call specialists can accommodate multiple languages and the hearing impaired
Alternate Service Providers
- Many insurance plans including Medi-Cal and Medicare may include telehealth as part of their benefits. You can call your insurance provider using the phone number on the back of your insurance card to inquire about your insurance provider’s telehealth services, if available.
- Some telehealth options include, but are not limited to: (Kings County Behavioral Health does not promote any one telehealth service over another or at all)
LiveHealth Online https://startlivehealthonline.com/landing.htm. LiveHealth Online promotes on their website and mobile app: “Avoid the waiting room and see a doctor on LiveHealth Online from home. You’ll receive an assessment and treatment plan in minutes without leaving your couch.”
The outbreak of infectious diseases such as the recent Covid-19 (Coronavirus) can be a stressful time for individuals and communities. It is not uncommon to feel anxious or worried while listening, reading or watching the news. While it’s necessary to keep up-to-date and make changes to daily life in order to help control the spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus), the constant news cycle coupled with social distancing measures can have a real impact on mental health. It’s important during times like these to monitor your own physical and mental health, as well as safely stay connected to your community. Know the signs of stress and when and how to seek help for yourself, as well as loved ones.
The Center for Disease Control, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and California Department of Public Health have released a handful of relevant and informative resources below:
We know that human connection is one of the most critical protective factors for good mental health. But how can we stay in connection while still following medical guidance to limit your exposure to others? Community isn’t just about proximity, it’s first and foremost a mindset about who we consider to be “our own.” In the face of social distancing, remember that we all need one another -- maybe more than ever -- to get through difficult times like these. Staying emotionally connected as a community even if we temporarily become more physically isolated is critical to all our mental health. Learn more at Community Connections in Times of Physical Separation.
Online or phone support is available through a variety of free warm lines such as:
Please visit the Kings County Public Health Department’s website for the most up to date local information.
Kings County Department of Public Health Press Releases