Santa Barbara County received a major grant to beef up its emergency mental health services.
The state awarded the county $2.6 million dollars for a crisis stabilization unit, a crisis residential facility in Santa Barbara, and a mobile crisis team for the Santa Maria area.
The grant to the county’s Department of Alcohol, Drug and mental health Services came from the California Health Facilities Financing Authority.
The grant could help deal with some of the concerns expressed by a coalition of county residents. They went to county supervisors just a week ago to complain about a shortage of key mental health services, and facilities.
For the last few years, the financially squeezed county has been unable to adequately fund mental health services.
County Supervisors have agreed to take a bigger look at the issue during the budget process which is now underway.