The Association of Behavioral Health Contractors of Sacramento County (ABHC) was founded in the early 1980’s to create an alliance of community-based agencies serving as a collective voice for agencies contracted with the Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Health Services.
Nineteen contracted agencies provide 90% of the behavioral health services in the county and employ over 700 behavioral health professionals to provide services to 27,000 of Sacramento County’s most vulnerable adults and children. Services range from basic outpatient treatment to intensive community based supports.
Contractors are vital to addressing issues such as homelessness, drug and alcohol use, the preservation of families, and decreasing costs associated with psychiatric hospitalization and criminal justice involvement.
The result of these efforts is a safer Sacramento County for all citizens.
Currently the ABHC is advocating to the Department of Behavioral Health Services and the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors for:
- Cost of living increase to contracts. A true cost of living that is directed toward increased wages for employees and not expansions in service.
- Fair reimbursement rates that reflect current labor force issues and increased costs.
- A system to address cost of living needs going forward.