About Us

Riverside University Health System – Behavioral Health has developed an exceptional reputation for providing services that involve the latest innovations in clinical practices affecting mental health. A high rate of client satisfaction has added to this reputation. We have a dedicated professional team of approximately 1,000 employees consisting of Psychiatrists, Clinicians, Peer Specialists, and paraprofessionals who serve over 45,000 consumers annually. The combination of innovative services and professional staff is reflected in our high rate of client satisfaction.

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Riverside University Health System – Behavioral Health is proud of our commitment to cultural competency and our acceptance and valuing of people from all ethnic, cultural, racial, and linguistic backgrounds. The Department’s development and implementation of cultural competency will equip our employees to meet the needs of our diverse population. The confidentiality of all consumers is strictly adhered to in accordance with and Federal regulations.

Services are primarily targeted toward individuals on Medi-Cal plus those eligible for other specialized State programs. Questions about bills and fees can be addressed to the clinic or to the Patient Accounts Unit at (951) 358-6900.

Riverside University Health System – Behavioral Health is comprised of three major programs: Mental Health Services, Substance Use Services, and the Public Guardian’s Office. These programs provide prompt, efficient, professional, culturally competent services throughout the county.

Mental Health Program

This program provides treatment and support services to transition age youth, adults and older adults who have a mental illness and children who are seriously emotionally disturbed. Services include outpatient services, medication, peer recovery services, education, housing, residential care, as well as subacute and acute care. Peer-to-peer support services are a component of the program and are provided in clinics and by contract providers. Services to individuals who are homeless and mentally ill are also provided across the county. A complete list of providers is available at any clinic or by contacting the CARES Line (Community Access, Referral, Evaluation, and Support Line 1(800) 499-3008.

Substance Use Program

This program provides accessible, high quality substance abuse treatment for all ages through a wide range of countywide clinics and contract providers. Prevention services are provided through 1) the largest Friday Night Live Program in the State, 2) collaborative grants with school districts to set up student assistance programs, and 3) contracts to reach out to community organizations and assist each community to make environmental prevention changes as needed. The County’s Drinking Driver and PC 1000 Programs are also under the administration of the Substance Use Program.