Adult System of Care


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Merced County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS), through the Adult System of Care (ASOC), provides and array of behavioral health and supportive services to the population of Merced County, aged 18 years and older, suffering from a Serious Mental Illness (SMI).  That suffering is often compounded by living in an environment that is not always supportive and/or understanding.   BHRS strives to mitigate some of those impacts by providing a seamless system of care for our consumers through a collaborative network of County operated programs, County contracted agencies, such as our Full Service Partnership (FSP) program, and other community resources.

BHRS operates from the vision of the Recovery Model framework that all who suffer from mental illness can lead full and productive lives through empowerment with hope, recovery, and wellness.   Comprehensive holistic care is provided with respect for the individual, and acknowledgement of their inherent resiliency and right to self-determination.

For ASOC services, call (209) 381-6800 or toll free (888) 334-0163.

Adult System of Care provides the following Programs:

Adult Outpatient Program
Urgent Care Program
Dual Diagnosis Program
Adult Behavioral Health Court Program
Older Adult System of Care Program
PreTrial Services Program
Jail Services Program
Psychiatric Services/Medication Support
Crisis Services
Inpatient Services


An assessment is a thorough examination of the history and current state of the individual's mental, emotional, and behavioral concerns. Related cultural issues and history are also looked at. The assessment is used to determine what mental health services are needed.


Provides mental health services to assist consumers in successfully returning to the work force.

Case Management

Services to help consumers find and connect with resources to solve and decrease everyday living problems.

Drug / Alcohol Services

We provide counseling for consumers with drug/alcohol problems.

Dual Diagnosis Programs

Specialty mental health services to those consumers that also experience alcohol and/or other drug-related problems.


Mental health services available to consumers while in jail.

Medication Support

Services are available that evaluate and monitor individuals who need psychotropic medication.

Multi-Disciplinary Staff

Trained staff provide a variety of treatment approaches.

Older Adult Services

Mental health services for consumers 60 years of age and older.


Individual, family, and group therapy is available to meet mental health needs.

Treatment Planning

Individualized planning for the treatment of each individual.