San Diego, California - One in five San Diegans may experience a mental health challenge in any given year.

Is it you, a friend or a loved one?

If you’re affected personally, or just concerned about the issue, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency wants to hear from you. The County wants to gather input from the public and professionals about the types of behavioral health programs needed in the region.

HHSA is hosting 12 regional forums throughout the County to gain insight from people living with mental illness or substance use disorders and their families, as well as behavioral health services providers and community organizations.

Registration is requested and interpreter services will be provided upon registration.  A light meal and/or child care will also be provided at several of the forums. You can register online or by calling Gina Brown at (619) 563-2762.

The information gathered will help HHSA determine how to spend federal and state funding, including Mental Health Services Act funding, which was approved by California voters in 2004. The Act imposes a 1 percent tax on personal income above $1 million for the creation of new mental health programs statewide.

The regional forums will take place on the following dates:

AUGUST

Date

Time

Location

Aug. 29 1 p.m. Park Avenue Community Center

 

210 Park Ave.
Escondido, CA  92025

Aug. 30 9 a.m. Clarion Hotel National City

 

700 National City Blvd.
National City, CA 91950

Aug. 31 1 p.m. Scottish Rite Center

 

1895 Camino del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108

September

Date

Time

Location

Sept. 1 9 a.m. QLN Conference Center

 

1938 Avenida del Oro
Oceanside, CA 92056

Sept. 12 9 a.m. Marina Village

 

1936 Quivira Way
San Diego, CA 92109

Sept. 14 6 p.m. County Office of Education

 

6401 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA 92111

Sept. 20 2 p.m. Alpine Community Center

 

1830 Alpine Blvd.
Alpine, CA 91901

Sept. 21 6 p.m. Clarion Hotel National City

 

700 National City Blvd.
National City, CA 91950

Sept. 26 6 p.m. North Inland Live Well Center

 

649 W. Mission Ave.
Escondido, CA 92025

Sept. 28 6 p.m. Scottish Rite Center

 

1895 Camino del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108

Sept. 29 6 p.m. QLN Conference Center

 

1938 Avenida del Oro
Oceanside, CA 92056

October

Date

Time

Location

Oct. 4 6 p.m. La Mesa Community Center

 

4975 Memorial Drive
La Mesa, CA 91942