Mental Health Service Provider Resources

CenCal Health covers limited substance use screening and treatment services provided at primary healthcare locations.  Please use the Behavioral Health Care Coordination Request Form when requesting care coordination for mental health or substance use services. 

Covered Benefits:
Screening, providing brief behavioral counseling interventions (“SBIRT”) and professional fees associated with visits when a provider, within the scope of his or her practice, prescribes medications to reduce symptoms of withdrawal.

Carved Out Benefit: 
The County Department of Behavioral Health provides treatment for Members with Substance Use Disorders.
Members must be referred and contact the Santa Barbara County ACCESS line 1 (888) 321-2843 or the San Luis Obispo County ACCESS line 1 (800) 838-1381 to be screened. 

Screening Tools:


Counties of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo

For more details or to consult with the Behavioral Health Department, please call (805) 562-1600

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need to fax the above Level of Care screening Tool to CenCal Health?

A: No, please ensure that all members have the screening in their medical records.

Q: Are there limitations to how often I can see a member? 

A: CenCal Health provides Mental Health Benefits to  members with mild to moderate impairment of functioning. The frequency of services are required to be consistent with the treatment of a mild to moderate impairment

Q: My Patient needs a higher level of care, what do I do?

A:  Mental Health providers recommending members for a higher level of care should discuss these recommendations with the member and contact the Behavioral Health Care Coordination Center Provider line at (805) 562-1600 for assistance in transitioning the member to the appropriate level of service. You should continue to provide services to the member until they are engaged with a County level provider.