The Crisis and Recovery Enhancement (CARE) Technical Assistance (TA) Center

Our Work

Too many Californians experiencing mental health crisis are unable to receive the behavioral health services they need, resulting in incarceration, hospitalizations, and homelessness.

The Crisis and Recovery Enhancement (CARE) Technical Assistance (TA) Center works to strengthen criminal justice diversion efforts and the crisis care continuum to help all Californians access appropriate wraparound services and supports. The CARE TA Center provides training, TA, and resources to improve behavioral health care coordination for a flexible and seamless care delivery system.

In alignment with the Medi-Cal Healthier California for All initiative, this project promotes a Whole Person Care approach to crisis response and recovery.

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Cafecito Conversations

The CARE TA Center "Cafecito" (i.e., small coffee) conversations are 10 to 40-minute recordings of informal conversations about hot topics in the crisis continuum of care and justice diversion.

Resource Library

Search learning and action resources on these critical topics and more:

  • Crisis Care Continuum
  • Criminal Justice Diversion
  • Supporting Diverse and Vulnerable Communities
  • Homelessness and Housing Supports
  • Youth Crisis Supports
  • Peer Support
  • Trauma-Informed Care

Explore tools, templates, and models from other counties and organizations, and submit a resource.

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Request a Training or Consultation

Access trainings and technical assistance from the CARE TA Center Team:

  • Expert-led Trainings
  • Technical Assistance for Specialized Topics
  • Consultation for Programs and Planning
  • Resource Identification
  • Group Facilitation

Tell us about the needs of your team, agency, or organization so that we can connect you to support.

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Whom We Serve

Training and TA services are provided to California Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)-funded county agencies; local mental health boards; their community-based partners; other key service agencies, such as first responders; and others.

All individuals and organizations are welcome to access the CARE Resource Library, virtual learning events, and newsletters.

California County Crisis Continuum Asset Map

The CARE TA Center is excited to announce that the Asset Map is now live! The asset map is an interactive dashboard that presents crisis continuum of care and justice diversion services in an intuitive and easy-to-use interface. The Asset Map draws on the publicly available information underpinning the MHSOAC Transparency Dashboard, which is then filtered through an algorithm before being uploaded to the dashboard. There, users can easily find services that support the crisis continuum of care and justice diversion, such as mobile crisis units, hotlines and warmlines, and peer specialist services—all of which are viewable by county.

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CARE Partner Logos: CARS, RI International, NAMI California, C4 Innovations, Impact Justice, Stanford Sierra Youth & Families, and CA Prop 63
The CARE TA Center is led by the Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS) in partnership with Recovery International, NAMI California, C4 Innovations, Impact Justice, and Stanford Sierra Youth & Families. This project is funded by Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), and administered by the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), Community Services Division