If you or someone you know is experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1. For a mental health emergency, call the 24/7 Access Line at 888-868-1649.

The Community Wellness Team offers in-person as well as telehealth options so that you get the help you need, in the way that is most comfortable for you.

The Community Wellness Team coordinates services based on an individual or group’s specific needs during and after a high-stress event. These services might include individual, family and group crisis counseling, critical incident stress debriefings, short and longer term therapy for adults and kids and more in both virtual and on-site settings Below is a sampling of the services that our community partners are offering as part of the Community Wellness Team.

Behavioral Wellness

We provide community trauma response including individual, family, organization and school-based crisis response support, critical incident debriefings, or if experiencing a mental health crisis or need linkage to alcohol, drug or mental health services.

Contact: Suzanne Grimmesey (Lead) | (805) 886-5403

Institute for Collective Trauma and Growth

We provide education, coaching, and therapeutic services for leaders. We help community leaders, faith-based leaders, first responders, and second responders to address long-term emotional and spiritual care needs, build trauma-informed programs, and partner across professional sectors for whole community care.

Contact: Kate Wiebe (Co-Lead) | kwiebe@ictg.org

American Red Cross/Disaster Mental Health

We provide disaster support including compassionate listening, spotting the early signs of traumatic stress and making resource referrals.

Contact: Roberta Ainciart | (805) 687-1331

Cottage Health

We provide a comprehensive range of services which include voluntary acute inpatient psychiatry and detoxification, intensive outpatient treatment and residential treatment for alcohol, drug, and co-occurring disorders. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Emergency Department is available 24/7 for anyone experiencing an acute medical or psychiatric crisis.

Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine Services

Contact: cottagehealth.org | (805) 682-7111 |

Darcy Keep | dkeep@sbch.org | (805) 569-7481

Hospice of Santa Barbara

We provide counseling for young children, teens and adults grieving the death of a loved or coping with a life-threatening illness. Services include individual counseling, support groups, art workshops, therapeutic poetry and holiday workshops.

Contact: Michael Cruse | (805) 563-8820

Jewish Family Services of Greater Santa Barbara

We provide short-term support/crisis intervention, long-term support, and counseling for children, families, and adults (with special emphasis on older adults).

Contact: Ruth Steinberg | (805) 957-1116

Mental Wellness Center

We provide mental and emotional support.

Contact: Annmarie Cameron | acameron@mentalwellnesscenter.org | (805) 884-8440

Santa Barbara County Psychological Association

We provide connection to a licensed psychologist for short- or long-term therapy. We have over 100 members who are licensed local psychologists in independent practice. Use the “Find a Psychologist” search feature to browse our members’ specialties. See: www.sbcpa.org – Many members accept insurance plans, and some may offer an out-of-pocket sliding scale. Contact a psychologist directly, or email the contact below.

Contact: Karen Lehman | karen@drkarenlehman.com

Santa Barbara Foundation

The Santa Barbara Foundation works to connect funders’ efforts and resources to those in need – especially in times of disaster, including the Thomas Fire, 1/9 Debris Flow, and COVID-19 pandemic. The Foundation offers responsive and accessible grant funding for nonprofit service providers (during COVID-19, SBF provided grants to small businesses). By sharing information with and between funders, government agencies, and partners in the nonprofit sector, the Foundation encourages effective coordination and collaboration to ensure that funding is allocated equitably to service-providing organizations in Santa Barbara County.

Contact: Jenny Bruell | jbruell@sbfoundation.org

Santa Barbara Response Network

We provide emotional support during a time of crisis. SBRN offers Psychological First Aid Support (not therapy, but emotional support), resources and tools for managing anxiety, fear and stress.

Contact: Jina Carvalho | (805) 699-5608 | sbrncommand@gmail.com

Mindful Heart Programs

We provide education in mindfulness, compassion and nature connection, and daily guided online meditation groups.

Contact: Radhule Weininger | https://mindfulheartprograms.org | mindfulheartprograms@gmail.com

Santa Barbara Police Foundation AT EASE Program

The Santa Barbara Police Foundation AT EASE program provides free, confidential crisis and counseling services for First Responders, District Attorney’s, Probation and Cottage Hospital Emergency Room Staff.

Contact: Cherylynn Lee | crl5034@sbsheriff.org | (805) 698-8934

Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office

The Sheriff’s Office Behavioral Sciences Unit is dedicated to supporting persons with mental health crisis in our community.

Contact: Cherylynn Lee | crl5034@sbsheriff.org | (805) 698-8934

Kind Mind

We provide implementation of our whole-school program in nature-based mindfulness, kindness and social-emotional competence.

Vivian Valentin | https://www.kindmindsantabarbara.org | kindmindsb@gmail.com