Mental Health

Margaret Williams

(530) 621-6243
El Dorado County Mental Health is moving and consolidating its Placerville adult services next month.  Beginning February 2, Mental Health’s Phoenix Center and Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) programs for adults, previously located at Mallard Lane, will be consolidated with adult outpatient services located at 670 Placerville Dr., Suite 1B in Placerville.  “The goal of the move is to streamline our services and operate as efficiently as possible in order to help as many people as possible within our limited resources,” said Christine Kondo-Lister, Deputy Director of Mental Health. 

As part of the move, Mental Health is also re-organizing the way adult services are being offered.  “We are shifting toward a wellness center model and moving away from individual therapy,” explained Kondo-Lister.  “For example, we are offering more drop-in services and group therapy for clients, providing peer, family and volunteer support, and integrating our case management services into the same location.”  In addition to adult services, other mental health services currently housed at the Placerville Drive location include children’s services and mental health administration.

El Dorado County Mental Health offers outpatient services for individuals with serious mental health conditions who meet certain income and/or eligibility requirements.  Services include screening and assessment, medication evaluation and treatment, recovery groups, lifeskills training, vocational counseling and support referrals, and peer counseling.  Funding for adult services is provided primarily by the Mental Health Services Act of California and Medi-Cal insurance coverage.

Drop-in hours for adults at the Mental Health location on Placerville Drive will be Monday – Friday from 1:00-4:00 p.m.  Individuals can call Mental Health at (530) 621-6290 to access pre-screening services. 

In addition to outpatient adult and children’s services in Placerville, Mental Health also provides similar services in South Lake Tahoe.  Mental Health offers countywide 24-hour crisis response services.  The 24-hour Crisis Response hotline can be reached at (530) 622-3345 in Placerville and (530) 544-2219 in South Lake Tahoe.  Mental Health also operates an in-patient, 24-hour psychiatric health facility for individuals who require acute care in a secure setting. 

Mental Health is a division of the El Dorado County Health Services Department.  For more information about Mental Health services, visit