Hispanic Heritage Month is observed each year from September 15 to October 15. This year’s theme, “Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation,” encourages us to ensure that all voices are represented and welcomed to help build stronger communities and a stronger nation. During Hispanic Heritage Month, OMH will partner with other federal offices and stakeholders to disseminate and amplify bilingual educational messages about disease prevention and health promotion.
September is National Suicide Prevention Month. All month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness.
Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery from substance use and mental health, just as we celebrate improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. Each September, Recovery Month works to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible.
Suicide touches us all. Find connections and support through personal stories, creative expression, wellness activities and local resources.
Join us in-person or virtually for the Preventing Suicide: Connections & Community Forum.
Free events on September 21 and 29.
988 – New and Easy to Remember
A new, easy way to access support in a time of crisis is available. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is now the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. If you or someone you care about is thinking about suicide, call or text 988 now. It’s free, confidential, and available 24/7.
Share this number to help link anyone in distress or crisis with a trained counselor who will listen compassionately and provide caring support and crisis resources.
- Emergency: Call 911 and ask for a CIT Officer
- Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: Call, text, or TTY 988
Web Chat: www.988lifeline.org
- Veteran’s Crisis Line: 988 then dial 1
- Ventura County Crisis & Referral Line:
- Substance Use Treatment Access Line:
24/7 • www.VCBH.org
- The Trevor Project Lifeline (LGBTQ+ focus):
24/7 • www.thetrevorproject.org
The Juneteenth Celebration, presented by the Juneteenth Committee of Ventura County (JCVC), is taking place on Saturday, June 18 at Plaza Park in Oxnard. This holiday commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the US. The holiday was first celebrated in Texas, where on that date in 1865, in the aftermath of the Civil War, slaves were declared free under the terms of the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation.
Join us for arts and stories in the courtyard – performance, inspiration and community connections.
In person or livestream!
Saturday, June 4th, 2022
11:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Oxnard Performing Arts Center
Register now at www.vcbh.org/empower
Join Our Team!
By joining or donating to our VCBH All Stars Team you are contributing to increasing awareness of and raising funds for mental health. United we are stronger and together we can help to build and serve a stronger community.
Please see the link to support our VCBH team.
NAMIWalks Your Way Ventura County
Behavioral Health Continuum of Care Needs Assessment RFP
Date Issued: April 29, 2022
Date Due: June 1, 2022
Notice is hereby given that Ventura County Behavioral Health has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) on April 29, 2022 for qualified applicants to solicit proposals to provide a Needs Assessment for the County of Ventura Behavioral Health Continuum of Care.
RFP responses are due by Wednesday, June 1, 2022 no later than 5:00 p.m. Completed proposals should be submitted through the Bonfire system.
All information related to this RFP may be directed to the assigned VCBH Contracts Administrator, Curtis Heath, through the Message section of the Bonfire system at: County of Ventura - HCA Needs Assessment RFP (bonfirehub.com)
Substance Use Services Recovery Residences RFP
Date Issued: April 1, 2022
Date Due: May 13, 2022
Notice is hereby given that Ventura County Behavioral Health has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) on April 1, 2022 for qualified applicants to solicit proposals to provide Recovery Residence services to adult clients (ages 18+) of the VCBH Substance Use Services Division (SUS), who have been referred through the County, whose recovery efforts would benefit from the support of participating in Recovery Residence services and are engaged in concurrent medically necessary Outpatient Treatment Services, Intensive Outpatient Treatment Services, Recovery Services and/or are receiving Medication for Addiction Treatment services.
The RFP, with full instructions, is available through the Ventura County Bonfire system at: https://ventura.bonfirehub.com/opportunities/61846
RFP responses are due by Friday, May 13, 2022 no later than 5:00 p.m. Completed proposals should be submitted through the Bonfire system.
All information related to this RFP may be directed to the assigned VCBH Contracts Administrator, Barbara Kramer, through the Message section of the Bonfire system at: https://ventura.bonfirehub.com/opportunities/61846
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - April 30, 2022 – 10AM to 2PM
The drug overdose epidemic in the United States is a clear and present public health, public safety, and national security threat. DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day reflects DEA’s commitment to Americans’ safety and health, encouraging the public to remove unneeded medications from their homes as a measure of preventing medication misuse and opioid addiction from ever starting.
In Ventura County, more than 200 people die each year from opioid overdoses. Prescription painkiller abuse, rising heroin use, fentanyl and accidental opioid overdoses are part of a nationwide crisis.
Ventura County is actively engaged and committed to preventing prescription drug misuse and abuse. One of the ways the County works to address the issue locally is by reducing access, especially to teens. The Ventura County Sheriff's Office (VCSO), in collaboration with Ventura County Behavioral Health (VCBH), established a countywide Rx disposal program that allows residents to safely dispose of unused, unwanted, or expired Rx medication via secure, confidential disposal bins. Learn the signs of overdose and how to take action. Find Disposal Bin locations near you.
Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society and has been observed annually in the month of March in the United States since 1987.
The actual celebration of Women’s History Month grew out of a weeklong celebration of women’s contributions to culture, history and society organized by the school district of Sonoma California in 1978. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week. The U.S. Congress followed the next year, passing a resolution establishing a national celebration. Six years later, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the event to the entire month of March.
Women's History Month Theme
The National Women’s History Alliance designates a yearly theme for Women's History Month. The 2022 theme is "Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope." This theme is "both a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history."
Suicide touches us all. Join us to hear personal stories and points of view. Learn about local resources and how to make a difference.
Thursday, September 23, 2021
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
For suicide prevention resources: www.WellnessEveryDay.org
CalHOPE offers free resources for all Californians in need of support relating to COVID-19.
We are all excited to return to school, but we may still be nervous about COVID. You’re not alone — CalHOPE is here to help. Connect with CalHOPE by chat or phone.
(833) 317-HOPE (4673)
CalHOPE Connect offers safe, secure, and culturally sensitive emotional support.
Learn more and chat now: www.calhopeconnect.org
CalHOPE partnered with California Mental Health Services Association which has a statewide experienced workforce comprised of peers, community mental health workers, and other non-licensed personnel. Individuals in need of emotional and/or crisis support can connect via phone, videoconference, smart device, or computer chat. Depending upon needs and situation, family and/or group support sessions are also available.
CalHOPE Warm Line
The CalHOPE warm line connects callers to other people who have persevered through struggles with stress, anxiety, depression—emotions triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. The peer counselors listen with compassion, provide non-judgmental support and guide you to additional resources that can give hope and help them cope.
Learn more: www.calhope.org/pages/current-services.aspx
Call: (833) 317-HOPE (4673)
Together for Wellness Website
Mental Health and Wellness Tips for Today
The CalHOPE Together for Wellness website has easy-to-navigate wellness tools, including stress management and coping skills.
Recovery is For Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community
Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.
Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate health improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. This observance reinforces the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.
There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery. Since these successes often go unnoticed by the broader population, Recovery Month provides a vehicle for everyone to celebrate these accomplishments.
The 2021 theme, “Recovery is For Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community,” reminds people in recovery and those who support them that no one is alone in the journey through recovery. Everyone's journey is different, but we are all in this together. Recovery Month will continue to educate others about substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders, the effectiveness of treatment and recovery services, and that recovery is possible. All of us, from celebrities and sports figures to our co-workers, neighbors, friends, and family members, throughout our lives have experienced peaks and valleys, both big and small. But with strength, support, and hope from the people we love, we are resilient.
One-Time Non-Competitive and Round 4 Competitive Allocations.
Proposals are due to the County of Ventura by 4:00 pm on September 24, 2021.
Proposals should be submitted via flash drive to:
Ventura County Behavioral Health Department
Attn: Susan White Wood
1911 Williams Drive, Suite #200
Oxnard, CA 93036
For more information: