People experiencing behavioral health crises and those trying to help them will soon have greater access to timely and appropriate care thanks to a new program currently launching in Contra Costa County.
Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime (A3) is a behavioral health crisis service Contra Costa Health (CCH) is developing in partnership with cities, community organizations, first responders and those experiencing mental health crises and their families.
At the center of A3 is the Miles Hall Crisis Hub. The Hub is currently testing technology that will be used to answer calls, triage the situation and dispatch a team to respond. The Miles Hall Crisis Hub will expand into a 24-hour service over the next 18 months.
The Miles Hall Crisis Hub currently operates Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Anyone who needs support can call (833) 443-2672 during these hours.
CCH is also hiring for several positions including Mental Health Clinical Specialist and Substance Abuse Counselor. Anyone interested can find more information at cchealth.org/A3/.
A3 is mostly funded through the Measure X sales tax voters approved in 2020. A one-time allocation of $5 million will help with infrastructure, and $20 million in ongoing funds will support operation of the program.
More funding was recently secured through the federal spending bill, which includes nearly $2 million for the A3 initiative.
“The funding will help develop crucial services in Contra Costa County, so people experiencing mental health crises get culturally and clinically appropriate care in a timely manner,” said Anna Roth, Contra Costa County Health Director.
When fully implemented, A3 will ensure that everyone in Contra Costa County can receive crisis services whenever help is required. Information about A3 can be found at cchealth.org/A3/.