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The Integrated Behavioral Health Action Coalition (IBHAC) is made up of primary care, mental health, and substance use providers, as well as local hospitals, county agencies, health plans, mental health advocacy organizations, and individual community members. Together, IBHAC members plan to improve system-level integration of primary care and behavioral health services for all persons and to create a collaborative, integrative, and inclusive system of whole-person care in Santa Cruz County.

If you would like to join this coalition, please email Suzette Reuschel-DiVirgilio, Programs Director, at

HIP also convenes a monthly IBHAC Workforce Sub-Meeting to discuss behavioral health and health social workers workforce. The meetings are pending for June through December.

If you would like to join the IBHAC Workforce Sub-Meetings, please email Maria Estela Jerezano, Program Coordinator, at


July 2022 Meeting Slides
November 2022 Meeting Slides
March 2023 Meeting Slides
June 2023 Meeting Slides

United Way of Santa Cruz 2-1-1

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988 Suicide Crisis Lifeline

We can all help prevent suicide. The 988 Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.

DataShare Santa Cruz County - Data for Action

The central hub of information for Santa Cruz County with the most up-to-date data, dashboards, promising practices, reports and over 475 community wellbeing indicators.


IBHAC’s Vision:  All people in Santa Cruz County experience optimal physical and emotional well-being, dignity, and prosperity.

Our Values: Compassion, equity and thriving

Our Operating Principles: Collaborative, integrated, inclusive, no wrong door approach, seamless care, payer blind, and culturally & linguistically appropriate


The health outcomes we are working towards are as follows:
1. People experience increased mental health and physical wellness

                                              2. People experience decreased substance use disorder
                                              3. People obtain and retain increased social determinants of health



Past Events

Best Practices in Behavioral Health Integration

Friday, October 27, 2017

This event showcased five behavioral health focused programs in four regional counties all with the goal of achieving whole-person care. Representatives from Merced County focused on their Whole Health Partnership's Data Dashboard Project and the HOPE Medical Respite Program. Monterey County's Health Department shared their Whole Person Care Pilot Project. Members of Santa Cruz County presented about their Integrated Behavioral Health Hospital Transitions Pilot and Central Coast Recovery Options. San Mateo County described their Integrated Medication Assisted Treatment Program.

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