County of Marin Health and Human Services

Youth and Family Services Team

Telephone: 415-473-6724
Address: 3230 Kerner Blvd. San Rafael, CA 94901
Mailing: P. O. Box 2728, San Rafael, CA 94903
Hours: 8:30am- 5:00pm

The YFS team located at the Kerner campus provides mental health services to the safety net population of Marin County. The safety net population is 200% of federal poverty level ($38,000 for a family of three).  Our guiding philosophy is that children and youth with emotional disturbances should have access to an integrated and comprehensive array of services that address their physical, emotional, social and educational needs in a coordinated and therapeutic manner. Mental health services are provided to children and youth at our Kerner offices, school sites or in the community as appropriate.  Psychiatric emergency mental health services are available at the local Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) adjacent to Marin General Hospital.

Prior to FY 2012-13 county mental health staff provided mental health services for special education students with emotional disturbance under the state mandate known as AB3632, regardless of the financial resources of the family. This mandate to provide mental health services as appropriate, to special education students, became the school’s responsibility starting July 1, 2012, so the county now has the opportunity to focus on those children and families with mental health issues with the least resources. Referrals for mental health services for these children come from parent referral, Social Services, schools, and the probation system. There is no wrong door as long as the child and family are part of our safety net population and meet medical necessity for services.

Currently, BHRS clinicians and Family Partners (a parent who has had a child in the mental health system) work with children and families at four different school sites in San Rafael and Novato. The Family Partner helps the parent navigate the different systems and environments, giving the parent’s perspective voice, supporting communication and shared understanding about their child.  

Mental Health and Substance Use Services (MHSUS) changed its name to Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS).  As such, all references in existing departmental policies and procedures to MHSUS can be understood to reference BHRS as well.