Behavioral Health Services

CenCal HEALTH members have access to services addressing mental health and substance use.  Coverage and provision of these services are shared between CenCal Health, County Behavioral Health Services and State FFS.  CenCal Health is also responsible for providing services to children up to age 20 who is diagnosed with a neuro-developmental disability.  Services include behavior intervention services such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy and psychiatric medication services. 

CenCal HEALTH has partnered with the Holman Group to help manage mental health benefits for CenCal Health Medi-Cal Members with mild to moderate mental health conditions in need of outpatient mental health services.

Calls related to outpatient mental health services can be connected to the Holman Group at (800) 321-2843.

Outpatient Services

The outpatient services for members impacted by mild to moderate mental health conditions will also cover alcohol screening, brief intervention and referral for treatment when provided by Primary Care Providers (PCPs). These new benefits include individual and group evaluation and treatment (psychotherapy), testing, monitoring of drug therapy, outpatient lab services and psychiatric consultation.

Behavioral Health Resources

Substance Use Screening and Treatment

CenCal Health covers screening members for alcohol use and providing brief behavioral interventions at primary healthcare.  Members with primary Medi-Cal Insurance who meet DSM V criteria for substance use disorder must be referred to County Alcohol and Drug Services for appropriate out-patient and residential treatment services.  Members with primary Medicare Insurance who meet DSM V criteria for substance use disorders must be referred to appropriate resources that accept Medicare.

Tools and Resources

CenCal Health Policy for Alcohol Misuse: Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions in Primary Care

The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT)

Audit C for Alcohol Screening

Santa Barbara County Organized Delivery System (ODS) Presentation to CenCal Health Providers

Services for Alcohol and Other Drug Use

Santa Barbara County Alcohol and Drug Services

San Luis Obispo County Alcohol and Drug Services