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 no-cost training, Technical Assistance, 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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Latest Announcements

Check out our recent magazine Fall 2022 and newly published Implementation Map

Upcoming Trainings

The CARE TA Center provides trainings on critical topics to advance California's support system for people in crisis. 

Recurring “Ask the Expert” Consultations
November 2022 – May 2023: Various dates and times

Drop-in Ask the Expert is available for California-based agencies and organizations interested in receiving informal support and consultation from CARE TA Center partners related to California's Crisis Continuum of Care and Justice Diversion programming.

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 MHSA-funded crisis continuum of care and justice diversion services in an intuitive and easy-to-use interface. Search by county to find crisis continuum of care and justice diversion services, such as mobile crisis units, hotlines and warmlines, and peer specialist services.

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.

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