Kern County residents have mental health resources

Kern County residents have mental health resources

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Kern County Mental Health director Dr. Jim Waterman says over the past several years, the approach to mental health treatment has changed.

“People probably think of services like you’re going to go in and sit and talk to a therapist. That's really not the way it works,” Waterman says.

Waterman leads a group of professionals stationed across 11 different areas of the county, many contracted professionals working at centers like Child Guidance and Clinica Sierra Vista.

Their patients suffer from depressions, anxiety, bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia.

Waterman says families with no insurance shouldn’t be discouraged, because programs are available to help.

Kern County mental health resources:

Kern County Mental Health Department

  • Crisis Hotline - (800) 991-5272
  • Patient Rights Advocates, (661) 868-6640
  • Consumer Family Learning Center, 5121 Stockdale Hwy., (661) 868-5064
  • Children Services, (661) 868-6770
  • Network of Care

United Way of Kern County

  • 211, Information line

NAMI Kern County

  • Patrice Maniaci, president, (661) 868-5061
  • Spanish speakers: (661) 327-8727 or (661) 428-7436
  • Tehachapi, Byron or Debra Johnson, (661) 823-1607
  • Ridgecrest, Donna (760) 377-4633, Janet (760) 384-8672