Under “Community Resources”, you will find pages on Housing, Applying for SSI/SSDI, other Financial Aid, Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Resources, and Local Mental Health Medical Facilities. These pages are described below.

Housing

Locating available, affordable housing in Silicon Valley takes patience and persistence. People with mental health disabilities, particularly those on social security or limited incomes, face even more difficulties finding a place to live.  To assist you in this search, NAMI Santa Clara County provides local listings of available licensed and unlicensed group homes, listings of emergency and mental health supportive housing agencies, resources for finding affordable single and family housing, homeless resources, and information on other housing related programs, services and issues (such as resident and/or tenant rights).
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Applying for SSI/SSDI

Learn about SSI (Supplemental Security Income) and SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance), and how to apply for these benefits.  Or, read the official Social Security Administration disability Red Book guide.

Financial Aid

A number of financial aid resources are available from the Federal Government, and from the State.  State aid can be administered by State Agencies, or by Counties (in our area, this is Santa Clara County).  NAMI SCC provides general information on these programs, and who to contact to determine whether you qualify for such financial assistance.

Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services

The Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services Department (BHSD) offers County residents a wide range of mental health and addiction treatment services to meet your behavioral health needs.  Available mental health services include psychiatric Emergency/Crisis, inpatient, and Outpatient care. Your eligibility for County mental health programs is based on your behavioral health needs.  You can learn about your eligibility for different services by calling the Mental Health Call Center at 1-800-704-0900.

Local Mental Health Medical Facilities

Santa Clara County has several county-run and private-managed inpatient psychiatric hospitals and facilities.  General contact information for these institutions is listed below.