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Mission Statement

Mission Statement:

Working together to achieve hope, healing and a meaningful life in the community

Vision Statement:

People with mental illness and addictions recover to achieve their hopes and dreams, enjoy opportunities to learn, work, and contribute to their community.

Value Statements:

We value the whole person - mind, body and spirit

We honor the potential in everyone

We focus on the person, not the illness

We embrace diversity

We acknowledge that relapse is not a personal failure

We recognize authority over our lives empowers us to make choices, solve problems and plan for the future

Services provided by Kern County Mental Health Department ("KCMH") play an important role in fulfilling the mission of empowering individuals affected by behavioral health issues to achieve the highest quality of life. With this mission in mind, KCMH implements the Department’s vision.

Description

The Kern County Mental Health Hotline (KCMHH) is a voluntary program designed to provide individual and family support to consumers and potential consumers of mental health services. The KCMHH provides crisis counseling, suicide intervention, and referrals for immediate crisis services. The KCMHH also provides information about community-based resources and assists individuals in making contact with those resources whenever possible. The goal is to provide an immediately available telephone-based counseling resource to individuals in crisis.

Kern County Mental Health will provide all of the training needed to be a competent Crisis Interventionist and prepares each Volunteer to effectively handle a variety of crisis situations. The KCMHH requires a one year commitment of eight hours a week from each volunteer. Every effort is made to accommodate the volunteer's work and/or school obligations. Volunteers on the KCMHH are scheduled on shifts anytime between 8a and 8p, Monday through Friday.

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