Mental Health Resources

The Importance of Mental Health

A person’s mental health includes their emotional, psychological and social well-being. It impacts many facets of a person’s daily life and affects how they handle situations that impact them and others.

Some common early warning signs include a change in sleep habits or energy levels, isolation and a feeling of hopelessness.

How CalVCB Can Help

A victim of crime experiencing mental health issues can get assistance from CalVCB.

  • An eligible victim may receive up to three mental health counseling sessions.
  • Providers are required to complete a Treatment Plan and submit it to CalVCB before the client’s fourth session to obtain additional sessions.
  • If the therapist determines additional treatment will be necessary once a victim or derivative victim reaches the session limit, the provider must submit an Additional Treatment Plan. If approved, CalVCB may authorize a limited number of additional sessions.

Who You Can Meet With

An eligible victim may meet with one of the qualified therapists noted below:

  • Licensed Psychiatrist—must have a medical license and must have:
    • completed their residency in psychiatry; or
    • be certified in field of psychiatry with the American Board of Medical Specialists (ABMS)
  • Licensed Psychologist (PhD)
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Marriage Family Therapist (MFT)
  • Registered Psychologist (Registered with Board of Psychology)
  • Psychological Assistant
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
  • Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC)
  • Associate Social Worker (ASW)
  • Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT)
  • Peer Counselor (only for rape crisis counseling)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Psychology Associate


  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (PRESS “1”)
  • Crisis Text Line: Text “HELLO” to 741741
  • Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990

If you are a Service Provider looking for more information about Mental Health, please visit our Mental Health Service Provider page.

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