The California National Guard maintains a comprehensive Joint Behavioral Health Office for Soldiers, Airmen and their families. We care about your psychological and emotional well-being and take proactive measures to assist both service members and their families in appropriately resourcing your behavioral health concerns.
The Joint Service Behavioral Health Office's full-time operations consist of:
A full-time civilian Behavioral Health contractor supporting each of CA ANG's Air Wings.
An Embedded Behavioral Health uniformed clinician who responds to the Northern, Central Coast, Central Valley, Southern, and San Diego, California areas to provide crisis intervention services, resources and support services to soldiers, airmen, family members, and commanders on a 24/7 basis.
They are assigned by regional area or Wings as arrayed below:
Clinical Officer Northern California
LT Cassandra Rush, ASW (925) 207-5367
Clinical Officer Central Coast California
LT Dustin Harris, LCSW (805) 540-4460
Clinical Officer Central California
LT Daniel Burns, ASW (559) 341-9001
Clinical Officer Southern California
CPT (CA) Michael Franc, Psychologist (562) 965-6563
Clinical Officer San Diego California
LT Jason Black, ASW (760) 897-6164
ANG Wing DPH-Contractor 129th RQW
Mr. David Haley, LMFT (650) 793-7097
ANG Wing DPH-Contractor 144th FW
Mr. H. Glenn Margulis, LMFT (559) 260-5929
ANG Wing DPH-Contractor 163rd RW
Mr. Dana Timmermans, LMFT (951) 208-3125
ANG Wing DPH-Contractor 146th AW (Ventura County)
Ms. Kim Evans, LMFT (805) 986-7549
Additionally, the California National Guard Joint Service Behavioral Health Office is continually building a team of state licensed Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Clinical Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists working as Behavioral Health support staff in the California State Military Reserve (CSMR). These part time volunteer positions are unpaid, and are a way for community professionals to support California National Guard soldiers and airman.
For life threatening behavioral health situations and/or those requiring an immediate need for hospitilization, dial 911 or contact your local law enforcement agency or emergency room.
NATIONAL PREVENTION SUICIDE HOTLINE - Dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a free and confidential hotline number for yourself or someone you care about. A 24-hour hotline available for Anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Veterans can dial the number and press "1" to be routed to the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline. Be strong, Be well.
CA LOCAL COUNTY HOTLINE NUMBERS
- County mental health professionals available 24/7 to assist with crisis intervention for yourself, or someone you care about, in your own county. Free and confidential assitance to all Service Members, Veterans, and their Families.
County Hotline Numbers
Network of Care - Critical support services to veterans seeking jobs, housing, counseling and help within their immediate communities. The Network of Care helps individuals and family members to find the names and phone numbers of advocates who are in their county and can offer immediate support.
Comprehesive Soldier Fitness - CSF marks a new era for the Army by comprehensively equipping and training our Soldiers, Family members, and Army Civilians to maximize their potential and face the physical and psychological challenges of sustained operations. Take the GAT test here to measure your strengths in your social, emotional, family, and spiritual life, as well as obtain information on how to make improvements in these areas.
Programs & Services Available:
Behavioral Health Resources - The Behavioral Health Service provides educational materials and training addressing various behavioral health topics to include PTSD, TBI, and Depression among others. We author a quarterly article to the California National Guard's monthly newsletter, The Grizzly and we maintain a growing supply of resources and information papers. Please contact us if you would like assistance in providing resources or training for you or your unit!
Behavioral Health Resources for Commanders- Regulatory guidance, forms and information for Commanders concerning the behavioral health of their units to include the Command Directed Mental Health evaluation process.
CNG Suicide Prevention & Response Team – Our team is available to support the G1, Suicide Prevention Program Manager, in addressing preventative education and training for units and organizations within the California National Guard. We can also connect units and service members to emergency intervention services available in your area.
Crisis Intervention, Counseling and Referral Services – The Behavioral Health Service is not a clinic. The size of our state precludes us from offering individual/group therapeutic treatment over the longer term. We maintain the most current regulatory guidance and information regarding a variety clinical and counseling services available for service members and their families. We can assist in connecting you with FREE government based clinical services, to include psychological evaluations, counseling services as well as FREE private civilian practitioners. Please contact us for confidential information regarding clinical or counseling services. We can help connect you with people and resources that can make a lifelong difference!
Behavioral Health Outreach Liaison Program - This new pilot program provides the California National Guard with additional clinical staff to resource soldiers needing comprehensive mental health services to mental health offices/locations in their county of residence. These resources are assigned by region to both northern and southern California.
Tri West Embed Behavioral Health Pilot Program – The California National Guard is engaged in a pilot program hosted by Tri West Healthcare Alliance. The program places contracted Behavioral Health professionals directly in units of the CNG on the drill weekend and during selected training cycles. Currently, we have providers in 38 armories across the state. These providers participate in all IDT unit level training and serve as an immediate onsite behavioral health asset to the commander and unit. This Pilot program was recently extended through 2010.
Substance Abuse Rehab Assistance - As part of the CA National Guard ongoing commitment to assist our Soldiers and Airman in obtaning resources for all their needs, there is a Joint Substance Abuse Coordinator available to provide resources for substance abuse related issues/concerns. To contact the Joint Substance Abuse Coordinator you can call (877)479-0427 or email NGCASUBSTANCEABUSE@ng.army.mil.
Combat Stress Team – The Combat Stress Team provides valuable training, screening, counseling, and intervention for units across the state. We offer complete deployment cycle services beginning at pre-mobilization training/SRP, Peer-to-Peer training conducted at MOB sites throughout the country, and coordinating with Yellow Ribbon services at home station upon re- deployment.
Director, Joint Service Behavioral Health Office