County Wants Your Input on Mental Health, Substance Use Issues

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Have you been affected by or are concerned about mental illness or substance use?

Do you have ideas or strategies on new behavioral health programs, or how to engage the community on behavioral health issues?

If so, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency wants to hear from you.

The County will be gathering input from the public at community forums taking place throughout the region. The goal is to gather public opinions about the types of services needed in the region to address these and other issues.

The forums seek input on the following topics:

  • Mental Health and Substance Use Prevention
  • Innovations
  • Community Engagement Strategies

Forums are being held at community-based locations such as schools and community centers on weekday evenings and late afternoons, and Saturday mornings to encourage community engagement and access.

The events are open to all who have an interest in providing suggestions about behavioral health services needed in the region.

To register, visit If you know someone who might be interested in participating, consider passing along this information. Check-in is 15 minutes prior to starting time. Dinner or continental breakfast will be provided.

Information on upcoming forums is below:

Saturday, Jan. 25:
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Woodland Park Middle School
1270 Rock Springs Road, San Marcos, CA 92069

Tuesday, Jan. 28
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Normal Heights Community Center
4649 Hawley Blvd., San Diego, CA 92116

Wednesday, Jan. 29
3:30 – 5 p.m.
North Inland Live Well Center
649 Mission Avenue, Escondido CA 92025

Saturday, Feb. 1
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Bonita Vista High School Library
751 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91913

These forums are part of HHSA’s Behavioral Health Services annual community engagement process to gather input on programs and services, including those funded by the Mental Health Services Act.

José A. Álvarez is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact