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There are ways to get support with mental health, even if you do not have health insurance. Talk to your primary care doctor or another health professional about your mental health and ask them to connect you with mental health services. If you are currently uninsured, reach out to the Health Department’s Medi-Cal Outreach Team today!

If you do not have a health professional who is able to assist you, the following resources can help you find help for yourself or a loved one.

For a complete list of Long Beach area mental health providers, please visit the Long Beach Mental Health Resource Guide.


The LB Resource Line is a hotline that supports anyone in Long Beach who needs help finding local, City and community resources.

Connect with trained Resource Navigators for assistance with:

  • Housing
  • Food Access
  • Utilities
  • Transportation
  • Legal Aid
  • Mental and Physical Health and more!

If you have questions or need help connecting to resources, please call the Long Beach Resource Line at 562.570.4246.


If you are a Long Beach resident and identify as Black or African American, you can receive free mental health services through the Black Mental Health Collaborative funded through the Long Beach Recovery Act.

To be eligible for the program, clients must:

  • Identify as Black or African American
  • Reside in Long Beach
  • Have no insurance/Medi-Cal
  • Be underinsured (unable to afford co-pays, inadequate insurance coverage, experiencing processing gaps)

For more information, download our Black Mental Health Program flyer.


For 24/7 help, please call the Help Line at 800-854-7771. The Help Line services include mental health screening and assessment, referral to a service provider, crisis counseling, and linkages to other resources. LADMH also offers iPrevail, a free online one-of-a-kind network of mental health support. From interactive lessons, chats with peer support coaches, to topic-based community support groups. 

For more information, visit the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health website.


Call the Health Department’s Medi-Cal Outreach Team at 562-570-7979 to see if you qualify for health insurance.

The following are federally qualified health centers in Long Beach that provide primary care services regardless of your ability to pay:

  • APLA Health Center - (562) 247-7740
  • Benevolence Health Centers - (562) 437-1888
  • Community Medical Wellness Clinic USA - (562) 270-0324
  • Serenity Care Health Group - (562) 478-4102
  • TCC Family Health - (844) 822-4646


Medi-Cal can cover outpatient mental health services such as:

  • Individual or group counseling
  • Outpatient specialty mental health services
  • Inpatient mental health services
  • Outpatient substance use disorder services
  • Residential treatment services
  • Voluntary inpatient detoxification

To find out how you to get connected through Medi-Cal, contact your Medi-Cal managed care plan or call the Medi-Cal Mental Health Care Ombudsman at 800-896-4042 and ask for an assessment of needed services.

Now that the Public Health Emergency is set to end, Annual Redeterminations for Medi-Cal will resume in April 2023. Failure to submit your Annual Redetermination will result in a TERMINATION of your Medi-Cal. Complete and return your Annual Redeterminations before the deadline along with your proof of income to ensure your coverage continues. For more information, visit our MediCal Outreach Program webpage.


Most individual and small group health insurance plans must have coverage of essential health benefits, which include mental health and substance use disorder services as well as rehabilitative and habilitative services.

Medicaid Alternative Benefit Plans also must cover mental health and substance use disorder services.

To find out if you have mental health coverage, call the number listed on the back of your insurance card.


To access services in Long Beach, contact the VA Medical Center at 562-826-5603.

If you would like additional support in finding the best fit for you, please call the Long Beach Resource Line, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 562-570-4246


    Finding mental health support can be overwhelming and difficult to know where to start. Here are some questions to help guide your search for resources that are best for you! 

    Step 1: Decide what you would like to address first 

    There may be a lot of different areas of your mental health that you want support in. As a starting point, narrow things down to what is challenging you the most. Some examples could be feelings of deep sadness, worrying a lot, or dealing with life stressors. By deciding what you would like to address first, you are ready for step 2. 

    Step 2: Decide what type of support you feel most comfortable with 

    Now that you have decided what you would like to address, you are ready to decide how you would like to receive services. Your experience with mental health is unique to you and there are a variety of options for support. Individual therapy can be a great option for some, while others may feel more comfortable in a support group with a specific focus. These can be groups for grief or parenting, or even social groups for activities like hiking, cooking, and reading. Once you have decided on how you would like to receive support, you are ready for step 3. 

    Step 3: Prepare to find support 

    Reaching out for mental health support can feel uneasy, which is why it is so important to feel comfortable with the resources you access. You can search for resources that validate and accommodate your needs, like checking whether they offer services in multiple languages or incorporate shared cultural values, if they offer appointment times that fit your schedule, your budget needs, etc. You can also set up an interview with service providers to determine if they’re the right fit for you! 

    Step 4: Find support 

    Now that you’ve gone through these steps, you are ready to find support! 



    Self-care is taking time to do things that help your overall wellness, including both your physical health and mental health. Self-care looks different for everyone and can include activities like spending time in nature, writing in a journal, taking a break to rest, and connecting with family and friends. Even small acts of self-care in your daily life can impact your energy and how you manage stress. 

    Case Management 

    Case managers help assess the areas that their clients need help with and connects them to services and resources, like health care, housing, mental health services and more! Case managers work closely with their clients and help with completing paperwork, providing information, and advocating on their behalf. 


    Psychotherapy, also commonly called “therapy,” provides a range of help for mental health with a trained mental health professional. Therapists help their clients explore their thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and work with their clients to help improve their overall wellbeing. 

    Support Groups 

    Support groups bring individuals with similar experiences and identities together to share their stories, experiences, and lives with one another. Support groups help us see that there are others who may dealing with similar situations and who in turn can help us get better. 


    A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in mental health, including substance use. They look at both the mental and physical sides of someone’s struggles with mental health. Psychiatrists may prescribe medication, like the way medications are used to treat physical health conditions. Medications are often used in combination with supports, such as psychotherapy. 


    Sometimes, a person’s mental health challenges can reach a point where they are at serious risk of hurting themselves or others. Hospitalization may happen when someone decides it is the best decision for themselves, or at the insistence of others, such as a professional or as a result of an encounter with a first responder. This may also be necessary even if the person does not want to go. In the hospital, the person receives closely monitored care from medical and mental health professionals who can help them until the person feels more stable. 

    Substance Use Treatment 

    There is a large variety of treatment options for those seeking support for substance use. For more information, visit: https://sapccis.ph.lacounty.gov/sbat/