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COUNSELING

 

  • Behavioral Health, Monterey County Health Department
    359 Gabilan Drive, Soledad, CA 93960

Tel (831) 678-5125

Website: www.mtyhd.org

For new clients seeking services, call (888) 258-6029

Services:

During your initial call, a member of the Behavioral Health Team will provide a brief screening and then other connect youth appropriate community resources or schedule an appointment for a mental health assessment. Assessments and an orientation to mental health services are also available without an appointment on a first-come, first served basis during Walk-in Wednesdays at the Soledad office. For those on Medi-Cal or who are Medi-Cal eligible, and who meet Medi-Cals Mental Health Program requirements, services include case

 

  • Outpatient Mental Health Counseling and C.A.T. S Program

Operated by Community Human Services

Family Service Center, 433 Salinas Street; Salinas, CA 93901

Tel (831) 757-7915

Website: www.chservices.org

Services:

Licensed therapists and supervised inters provide individual, family and group counseling for a variety of emotional and mental health issues. Under the C.A.T.S program, individual and group therapy is provided for those impacted by HIV/ AIDS, as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning individuals and their families. Medi-Cal is accepted on referral from Monterey County Behavioral Health; sliding scale fees are assessed for private by clients.  Services may be offered in English and in Spanish.

 

  • District Attorney, Victim/ Witness Assistance Program

230 Church St. Bldg 3; Salinas, CA 93901

Tel (831) 755-5072

24/7 Crisis Line operated by the YWCA: (800) 992-2151

Website: www.co.monterey.ca.us/da

Services: Provides services to victims/ witnesses of all types of crimes, including homicide, assault, domestic violence, and rape. Services include crisis intervention, emergency assistance, resource counseling, orientation to the criminal justice system and court escort.

 

  • Confidence Pregnancy Center of Salinas

780 East Romie Lane, Suite C; Salinas, CA 93901

Tel (831) 757-5500

Website: www.pregnancysalinas.com

Services:

Confidential counseling and pregnancy confirmation or women with crisis pregnancy. Post-abortion counseling. Limited practical assistance (maternity and baby clothes, etc.) for clients who use program services. No charge for services.

 

CRISIS LINES/ HELPLINES

  • 2-1-1 Monterey County

A program of United Way Monterey County

From anywhere in Monterey County, dial 2-1-1

Website: www.211mc.org

Services:

A 24- hour free and confidential telephone service and online searchable database, providing information and referral on a broad range of services, including emergency shelter, rent assistance, food pantries, affordable housing, health resources, child care, counseling and senior services. Telephone line can provide information in more than 170 languages. Provides vital information in times of disaster.

 

  • NATIVIDAD MEDICAL CENTER CRISIS CENTER

1441 Constitution Blvd. Salinas, CA 93906

Tel (831) 755-4111

Website: www.natividad.com

Services: Crisis intervention counseling provided seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Individuals should call above number or come into emergency room. Crisis team will be paged, individual might need to wait a few minutes. Services available in English and Spanish.

 

  • Suicide PreventionServices of the Central Coast

Operated by the Family Service Agency of the Central Coast

Toll-free Crisis Line: (877)663-5433 or (831) 458-5300

Website: www.fsa-cc.org

Services:

24-hour, free and confidential, multi-language, crisis intervention and suicide prevention services. Individual does not have to be suicidal to call. Services also offered to individuals who have lost a person to suicide.

 

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

24/7 Crisis Line: (800) 784-2433 or (800) 273-8255

Website: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Services:

Free and confidential emotional support to individuals in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

 

  • YWCA DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CRISIS LINE

Tel 24-hour Monterey (831) 372-6300; Salinas (831) 757-1001

Website: www.ywca.org/montereycounty

Services:

24 hour crisi line for victims of domestic violence and other family crisis. Provides referrals. Services in English and Spanish.

 

  • CALIFORNIA POISON CONTROL SYSTEM

24 hour hotline: (800) 222-1222

Website: www.calpoison.org

Services:

This hotline, in English and Spanish, provides immediate, free and expert treatment advice and assistance over the phone in case of exposure to poisonous, hazardous or toxic substances.

 

  • Monterey County Rape Crisis Line

Tel  24 hour South County (831) 424-4357

Website: www.mtryrapecrisis.org

Services:

Crisis intervention and short-term counseling for victims of sexual assault. Information and referral. Services in English and Spanish.

 

  • Sunrise House

24-hour Crisis Line: (831) 758-3302

Website: www.sunrisehouse.org

Services:

A 24-hour crisis line, based in Salinas, for adolescents having trouble at home or in the community.

 

CLOTHING RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES

  • Goodwill Industries

2269 H Dela Rosa Sr St, Soledad, CA 93960

Tel (831) 237-8937

Services:

Families may buy used clothing and home furnishings at low prices.

DENTAL SERVICES FOR LOW INCOME FAMILIES:

  • CLINICA DE SALUD DEL VALLE DE SALINAS

799 FRONT ST; SOLEDAD CA 93960

Tel: (831) 678-0881

Services:

Full-time or part-time dentists at the above clinic provide dental care for adults and children. Denti-Cal and most insurance accepted. Services on a sliding fee scale.

 

  • Community Oral Health Services

A program of Salud Para La Gente

801 Walnut Ave; Greenfield, CA 93927

Tel (831) 728-0222

Website: www.spig.org

Services:

Dental screenings and treatment for children, ages 0-18. Referral to dental homes and limited financial assistance provided. Located at an elementary school, this center provides access to comprehensive dental education, prevention and treatment services for rural , underserved children from Gonzales to San Ardo, in the South County.

DISABILITIES: EDUCATION AND SUPPORT

  • San Andreas Regional Center

344 Salinas Street Suite 207; Salinas, CA 93901

Tel (831) 759-7500

Website: www.sarc.org

Services:

Assessment, prevention, and advocacy services for individuals with developmental disabilities. funds residential care and supported living for eligible individuals, respite care for families.

 

FINANCIAL COUNSELING AND ASSISTANCE

  • HOUSING RESOURCE CENTER

134 E. Rossi Street; Salinas, CA 93901

Tel (831) 424-9186

Website: www.hrcmc.org

Services:

Provides emergency rent assistance, assistance with security deposits and move-in assistance for low income households. Also provides first-time home buyers workshops, foreclosure education and counseling, and financial literacy/ credit education. Services are in English and in Spanish. All of these programs are dependent upon available funds.

 

  • VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (VITA) Administered by UNITED WAY OF MONTEREY COUNTY

Administration office Tel (831) 372-8026

Call 2-1-1 for information on sites, dates, and times of service

Services:

This program helps low-income individuals and families prepare their income tax returns at various locations throughout Monterey County. No fees charged.

 

  • CENTRAL COAST ENERGY SERVICES

PO Box 2707; Watsonville, CA 95077

Tel (888) 728-3637

Website: www.enerygyservices.org

Services:

Two energy bill assistance programs for low-income Monterey county residents: HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) provides payment assistance with home energy bills. One time per calendar year. HEAP applicants may also be eligible for free home energy bills. HEAP applicants may also be eligible for free home weatherization services to reduce energy costs. This agency accepts applications for CARE (California Alternate Rates for Energy), offered by PG & E, which gives eligible low-income households a 20% discount off their energy bill.

 

  • CATHOLIC CHARITIES

1705 2nd Avenue; Salinas, CA 93905

Tel (831) 753-5314

Website: www.catholiccharitiescentralcoast.org

Services:

Limited financial assistance for rent and utilities provided though the client support services program, depending on available funds.

 

FOOD DISTRIBUTION PROGRAMS

  • 2-1-1 MONTEREY COUNTY

A program of United Way Monterey County, From anywhere in Monterey County, dial 2-1-1

Website: www.211mc.org

Services:

Call 2-1-1 (Monterey County’s Information and Referral Line) or check the Food Bank’s Website, listed below) for current information on emergency food pantries and for the USDA food distribution sites in Monterey County. The emergency food pantries are voluntary efforts by various churches and these services change. 

 

  • Food Bank for Monterey County

815 West Market St.. #5; Salinas, CA 93901

Tel (831) 758- 1523

Website: www.food4hungry.org

Services:

The Food Bank distributes U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) food commodities and other food to needy families throughout the county on a monthly basis, through the following programs:

Emergency Food Assistance: program 24 sites

Emergency Pantries: 48 sites, generally at churches located through out the county)

Family Markets: 10 sites operating April through October, offering fresh, local produce. Families do not need to be citizens.

 

  • WIC-WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN NUTRITION PROGRAM

Soledad

355 Gabilan Street; Soledad, CA 93960

Tel (831) 386-6879

Services:

WIC is a nutrition and health education program. WIC provides vouchers to purchase foods which promote good health for pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children to age 5. Call for days and hours of service. Not all sites are open every day.

 

  •  CalFresh (FOOD STAMP) PROGRAM

Administered by the Monterey C0unty Department o Social Services

1000 South Main Street, Suite 216; Salinas, CA 93901

Tel 1-(866) 323-1953 (Community Benefits Toll-free line)

CB CARE Center (information for customers with active CalFresh cases): 1-877-410-8823

Website: www.mcdss.com.monterey.ca.us ; www.c4yourself.com

Services:

This is a program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that supplements the food budget of low-income households. Eligible individual receive an Electronic Benefits Transaction (EBT) card to buy food. Customers may also apply for CalFresh benefits online at the C4Yourself website noted above. Website is in English and Spanish.

IMMIGRATION

  • Santa Cruz County Immigration Project (Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc. 

406 Main Street, Suite 217

Watsonville, CA 95076

Ph. (831) 274-3159

Email: sccip.daca@gmail.com

Services:

Are you Eligible for DACA? Steps to Apply for DACA. Please call for an appointment at their Salinas location.

 

HEALTH CARE CLINICS FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES

  • Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas

799 Front Street; Soledad, CA 93960

Tel (831) 678-0881

Website: www.csvs.org

Services:

Community clinics providing medical and dental care for adults and children, including perinatal care, reproductive health services and children’s preventive health care. Services for low-income families on a sliding fee scale. Medicare and Medi-Cal insurance accepted.

  • Family PACT Program offering Family Planning Services

Toll-free Information and Referral Line: (800) 942-1054

Website: www.familypact.org

Services:

State-funded, no-cost family planning services for low-income women and men who do not have health insurance to cover family planning. Services include: temporary and permanent contraception for men and women (including emergency contraception, male and female sterilization), STD/ HIV screening, cancer screening, pregnancy testing, and reproductive health counseling. Clients must be residents of California. Family PACT services are offered at Planned Parenthood, public and community clinics throughout Monterey County.

 

  • MC-Choice

Administered by the Monterey County Department of Social Services

100 South Main Street, Suite 303; Salinas CA 93901

Tel (866) 361-0477

This program is dedicating to improving access to health coverage for children and families in Monterey County.

 

HOUSING FOR LOW -INCOME RESIDENTS, INCLUDING EMERGENCY SHELTER

  • Housing Resource Center

134 E. Rossi Street; Salinas, CA 93901

Tel (831) 424-9186

Website: www.hrcmc.org

Services:

Provides emergency rent assistance, assistance with security deposits and move-in assistance for low income households. Also provides first-time homebuyer’s workshops, foreclosure education and counseling, and financial literacy/ credit education. Services are in English and in Spanish. All of these programs are dependent upon available funds.

 

  • Housing Authority of Monterey County

123 Rico Street; Salinas, CA 93907

Tel  (831) 775-5000

Website: www.hamonterey.org

Services:

The Housing Authority administers a variety of affordable housing programs, including the Housing Choice Voucher (formally Section 8), for low income families, the elderly and persons with disabilities. Call or visit the website to find out when applications are being taken.

 

  • CHISPA

295 Main Street, Set 100; Salinas, CA 93901

Tel (831) 757-6251

Website: www.chispahousing.org

Services:

Offers affordable apartments for rent in Monterey, Carmel, Marina, Salinas, Gonzales, Soledad, Greenfield, King City and Watsonville. Waiting periods of 1-3 years for apartments. Chispa also provides home ownership opportunities for very low and moderate income families.

  •  Community Benefits Branch

Monterey County Department of Social Services

1000 S. Main Street, Suite 216; Salinas, CA 93906

Community Benefits Branch toll-free line: (866) 323-1953

website: www.mcdss.co.monterey.ca.us

Services:

Families eligible for CalWorks may receive helps ith the cost of a motel and a deposit or an apartment. Program offers 16 consecutive days of temporary assistance in a motel. A once-in-a-lifetime benefit. Apply at DSS offices in Salinas, King City and Seaside.

 

 JOB TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT FACILITATION

  • Monterey County Department of Social and Employment Services

One Stop Career Center of Monterey County Locations:

1. Salinas Airport Business Park

730 La Guardia; Salinas, CA 93905

Tel (831) 796-3600 or 755-4452 Toll Free (800) 870-4750

Website: www.onestopmonterey.org or www.edd.ca.gov

Services: The One-Stop Career Center of Monterey County, in partnership with the Office for Employment Training, the Employment Development Department, CalWorks Employment Services, and other community businesses, provides training, education and other support services for job seekers.

  • Center for Employment Training (CET)

930 Los Coches Drive, #103; Soledad, CA 93960

Tel (831) 678-0448

Website: www.cetweb.org

Services:

Vocational classes offered daily. Classes offered in Soledad include medical assistant, building maintenance and warehouse operations. Client must be 17 1/2 years old, a legal resident, and have the right to work.

 

  • Loaves, Fishes, and Computers, Inc.

938 S. Main Street; Salinas, CA 93901

Tel (831) 393-9260

Website: www.loavesfishescomputers.org

Services:

Provides low-cost complete computer systems, software, and technical assistance to low-income residents of Monterey County. Individuals must complete an application and show proof of income status. Volunteer opportunities to learn computer repair.

 

 

LEGAL ASSISTANCE, ADVOCACY, & CONFLICT RESOLUTION

  • California Rural Legal Assistance

3 Williams Road; Salinas, CA 93906

Tel (831) 757-5221; (800) 677-5221

Website: www.crla.org

Services:

Legal advice and representation for low-income county residents on housing landlord/tenant issues, as well as labor issues of farm worker. Spanish-speaking staff.

 

  •  League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

Website: www.lulac.net

Services:

Addresses issues around Latino civil rights. Works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.

 

  •  Monterey County Department of Child Support Services

752 La Guardia Street; Salinas, CA 93905

Tel (831) 755-3200 or (866) 901-3212

Website: www.co.monterey.ca.us/mcdcss

Services:

This department establishes paternity. Once paternity is established, the father has the legal rights and financial responsibilities of a parent under California Law. Collects financial support from absent parents. enforces health insurance requirements.

 

  • State Department of Fair Employment and Housing

Tel (800) 884-1684

Website: www.dfeh.ca.gov

Services:

Handles discrimination and harassment issues in the workplace and in housing. Provides information in English and in Spanish.

 

  • Department of Consumer Affairs Information Center

Tel (800) 952-5210

Website: www.dca.ca.gov

Services:

Answers questions and provides information on how to file complaints on many products and services. provides information in English and in Spanish.

 

LIBRARIES

  • Monterey County Free Libraries

Website: www.montereycountyfreelibraries.org; www.co.monterey.ca.us/library

Soledad Branch

401 Gabilan Drive; Soledad, CA 93955

 

Mental Health Services

MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS INTERVENTION

In life and death situations, call 911 or go to the emergency room. 

  • Natividad Medical Center Crisis Team 

1441 Constitution Blvd. Salinas, CA 93906

Tel (831) 755-4111

Services:

Crisis intervention counseling provided seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Individuals should call above number or come into emergency room. Crisis team will be paged, individual might need to wait a few minutes. Services available in English and in Spanish.

 

  • Interim, Inc. 

PO BOX 3222; Monterey, CA 93942

Tel (831) 649-4522

Tel (831) 883-3030 (MCHOME)

Website: www.interiminc.org

Services:

Provides affordable housing, residential treatment, social support, homeless outreach and support (MCHOME), family outreach, and supported education and employment services (SEES) for adults who have serious mental illnesses. Interim also provides two peer-led support programs for adults with mental illness: Our voices in Monterey and The OMNI Resource Center in Salinas.

 

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness, Monterey County (NAMI)

PO BOX 295; Monterey, CA 93942

Tel (831) 375-6264 (Monterey); (831) 402-4940 (Salinas) (The latter is bilingual Eng./ Span.)

Website: www.namimonterey.org

Services:

A local affiliate of NAMI National and NAMI California providing education, advocacy, service access and support for families and their loved ones living with mental illness.

 

  • PREP Monterey County 

909 A. Blanco Circle; Salinas, CA

Tel (831) 424-5033

Website: www.prepwellmess.org

Services:

Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis (PREP) is a comprehensive treatment program for individuals in the early stages of psychosis (within a couple of years of onset of symptoms). Services are free to all who are eligible, regardless of insurance status. Call for more details.

 

  • ICT (Integrated Co-occuring Treatment)

Operated by Door to Hope

130 West Gabilan Street; Salinas, CA 93901

Tel (831) 758-0181

Website: www.doortohope.org

Services:

Professional treatment for adolescents with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders. A home-based program offering a spectrum of services, including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement therapy, peer support, individual, group and family therapy.

 

  • Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas

950 Circle Drive; Salinas, CA 93905

Tel (831) 757-6237

Website: www.csvs.org

Services:

A psychologist offers services on a sliding scale to patients at the clinic on Circle Drive. May offer services at the other Clinica de Salud clinics.

 

  • Behavioral Health, Monterey County Health Department

359 Gabilan Drive, Soledad, CA 93960

Tel (831) 678-5125

Website: www.mtyhd.org

For new clients seeking services, call (888) 258-6029

Services:

During your initial call, a member of the Behavioral Health Team will provide a brief screening and then other connect youth appropriate community resources or schedule an appointment for a mental health assessment. Assessments and an orientation to mental health services are also available without an appointment on a first-come, first served basis during Walk-in Wednesdays at the Soledad office. For those on Medi-Cal or who are Medi-Cal eligible, and who meet Medi-Cals Mental Health Program requirements, services include case management, referrals, and advocacy. Services delivered by licensed and license-eligible behavioral health professionals. Call for more information.

 

 

SENIOR SERVICES/ MEDICARE

  • Alliance on Aging: Medicare Counseling Program 

(800) 434-0222 or (831) 655-1334

Website: www.allianceonaging.org

Services:

Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP) is a statewide, state and federally funded program for Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and anybody who needs to know about Medicare. HICAP is often referred to as the State and Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) in Medicare literature. HICAP counselors can explain: Medicare benefits, health insurance terminology, supplemental (Medigap) insurance, billing and claims procedures, and long-term care insurance. HICAP counselors will: help you evaluate policies, assist on your behalf with providers, claims and appeals, compare Part D plans,  and provide the information you need to make informed decisions.

 

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