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Behavioral Health

Black History Month: spotlight on behavioral health challenges

All communities are affected by behavioral health challenges. In this video, a young African American mother recounts the loss of a teenage son who died by suicide. He was a promising student and star athlete, and many were not aware of his struggles. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental or behavioral health issues, please be aware that help is available. Check out these free suicide prevention trainings

February is National Eating Disorders Awareness Month

Eating disorders can affect a person’s physical and mental health. In some cases, they can be life-threatening, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. However, with treatment, people can recover completely. Remember, your health is more important than the number on the scale. Learn more: 

Health resources for families with children

It can be daunting for families with children to know where to seek information on behavioral/mental health programs for varying ages. The California Department of Health Care Services has vetted and compiled a resource list for families residing in the state. It includes a wellness coach, multimedia library, peer communities and more. More info.

What is the Coachella Valley Behavioral Health Collective?

Increasing and improving mental and behavioral health resources for Coachella Valley residents has long been a priority for the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board.

Since 2018, when the District and Foundation launched a Behavioral Health Initiative, the Board has allocated $3 million to support behavioral health services and programs. That was followed in 2019 with a valley-wide behavioral health needs assessment, commissioned by the District and Foundation.

The assessment provided insight and prompted the development of a behavioral health improvement plan. In 2021, the District and Foundation took important steps to advance this effort:

* Jana Trew was hired as the District and Foundation's Senior Program Officer - Behavioral Health to provide direction and support in realizing Board-approved policies.

A new five-year strategic plan, adopted by the Board, included as its No. 3 goal: to proactively expand community access to behavioral/mental health services.

* Ms. Trew began meeting with various behavioral health and community leaders from the valley and Riverside County to identify stakeholders, services, and challenges related to behavioral health.

After a year of intensive groundwork involving 60 stakeholders in working groups and a steering committee, the Coachella Valley Behavioral Health Collective was established in 2023 by the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation and Riverside University Health System - Behavioral Health. District and Foundation Chief Program Officer Donna Craig and RUHS - Behavioral Health Director Dr. Matthew Chang co-chair its steering committee.

The Collective now has a range of community representation with 38 participating organizations. Their expertise includes education, healthcare, civic leadership, youth support, and more. 

New behavioral health inpatient center opens

A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place Thursday (Dec. 14), celebrating the opening of Coachella Valley Behavioral Health in Indio. The hospital will provide acute inpatient care for adults 18 and older, all genders. The event was attended by Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board Directors and staff.

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Defining Behavioral Health

Behavioral health is the promotion of mental health, resilience, and well-being; the treatment of mental and substance use disorders; and the support of those who experience and/or are in recovery from these conditions, along with their families and communities.
-- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Our Mission

Advancing integrated, equitable and whole-person behavioral healthcare for the Coachella Valley

The Coachella Valley Behavioral Health Collective was co-founded by the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation and Riverside University Health System - Behavioral Health.

Mindful Moments

Each month, the team at OneFuture Coachella Valley, which includes local high school and college students, compiles a newsletter of tips to help their peers and other residents recenter their thoughts and outlook. Read the latest issue here. 

Connect I E

Locating linkage information on the variety of health and wellness services that are available to Coachella Valley residents, including behavioral health and COVID-19 resources, please visit The services are low-cost or free.

Quick Resources

Mental Health
CARES Line - Call referral service at (800) 499-3008
24/7 Mental Health Urgent Care in Palm Springs: (760) 424-5602

Substance Abuse Help
1 (800) 662-HELP (4357)

Suicide Hotline
Call 9-8-8 or visit

Contact Us

Email Jana Trew, Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Senior Program Officer - Behavioral Health, at

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