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.