County Offers Public Survey to Assess Potential Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic

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Source: County of Santa Barbara

Globally and nationally, the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected many people’s mental health and created new challenges for people already suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders. In order to ascertain and respond to needs locally, the County of Santa Barbara, in partnership with community mental health and wellness partners and stakeholders, is seeking input to help determine mental health and substance use disorder services to meet the needs of our community.

The whole community is invited to respond to a short 10- to 15-minute survey during September. Data gathered through the survey will be used to identify and tailor services to meet the needs of community members. The survey is available electronically in English and Spanish, and on the County’s website at recoverysbc.org/covidrecovery/. You can also click on the inage. The survey will also be conducted in the field by service providers for populations less likely to have access to an electronic survey. 

In June, the County Board of Supervisors authorized the use of federal ARPA funding (American Rescue Plan Act) to expedite an assessment of mental health needs resulting from COVID 19, and to develop a plan to initiate identified priority services in conjunction with partners to promote recovery and resiliency in individuals and our overall community.

“Isolation, quarantine, remote learning, business impacts and physical distancing has impacted everyone; some more than others,” said Suzanne Grimmesey, MFT, PIO/Chief Quality Care and Strategy Officer for the County of Santa Barbara Department of Behavioral Wellness. “It is critical that necessary supports to address the unique impacts of COVID-19 are in place in a timely manner to help our community through recovery. We could not be more appreciative of the County Board of Supervisors for recognizing a need to address whole-community mental health and supporting this collaborative effort.”

The process is being led by the County Department of Behavioral Wellness and the Community Wellness Team, along with a broad stakeholder group that provided input on the assessment processes including key populations and targeted outreach strategies. The survey was developed with assistance from mental health experts from UCSB to assure efficacy. The survey includes questions from the 2019 Cottage Health Population Health Survey, and from previous children’s mental health surveys.

Data from this survey will be reviewed and compared against previous surveys. A separate survey designed to assess the impact of the pandemic on children ages 0-5 is under development, and will be sent out at a later date.

Collaborative community partners include those listed below.

For more information about the process and recovery plan, the public may contact Suzanne Grimmesey at [email protected]

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Ahchooo Sep 04, 2021 10:28 AM
County Offers Public Survey to Assess Potential Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic

The key here is how they compare the results of this survey with the results from previous surveys. If they do it correctly, they might get some actual information. But much of the data will be inconclusive. If they find that more people have felt depressed (for example) in the past 14 days than in times previous to covid, they won’t know if that is because of covid, or Afghanistan, or the vigilante anti-abortion law in Texas, or some other issue.

And then there is the question of respondent bias: people who respond to this survey may be the ones most currently interested in mental health issues. People self-select for this kind of survey.

Lucky 777 Sep 04, 2021 10:25 AM
County Offers Public Survey to Assess Potential Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic

This survey will be used to justify the massive expenditures of Homeless, Inc. and all the thousands of "workers" in layers of Government that "service" the non-productive members of society. Instead of offering opportunities for learning and engagement in positive activity, they encourage narcissism and self-pity and coddle the drug abusers and alcoholics.

Byzantium Sep 04, 2021 09:15 AM
County Offers Public Survey to Assess Potential Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic

Prop 63 Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) generates $2 billion dollars a year - of course "need" needs to be established in order to get their hands on this cash. That was clearly the intent of this survey - using public cash to get their hands on more public cash and hire more tax dollar funded employees, using this survey as "proof" of a new unmet need. The questions were highly skewed for one conclusion only - access to more Covid Relief cash and/or more Prop 63 Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) cash. Anyone who wonders how the political machine takes over our lives - one ill funded grant funding at a time, needs to look no further than this tax dollar boondoggle operation. Let the government run amok in our lives, and then take more tax dollars to fix the mess the government created in the first place. Voters should not keep feeling passive about this self-enrichment scheme. Kick them out whenever and wherever you can.

Luvaduck Sep 04, 2021 10:00 AM
County Offers Public Survey to Assess Potential Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic

Obvious and true: It's targeted to confirm a position already in place, not determine the cost to anyone but community-supported receivers--and those whose jobs depend on taking care of that small proportion of the whole community. The formerly solvent middle-class, retirees--anyone who saved--faces massive inflation in costs and cynically manipulated interest rates that penalize savers and reward "high fliers", cushioning their losses and escalating their wins. Trump learned that at his father's knee and rode it into the White House. Whatever you think of him otherwise, he got the subvert and plunder system right.

a-1630756827 Sep 04, 2021 05:00 AM
County Offers Public Survey to Assess Potential Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic

I totally agree. Needing to know if someone drinks, takes drugs prescribed or otherwise, and drives while doing so is a necessary question? Needing to know if as a child you felt alone is related to Covid? Needing to know if you’ve ever turned to anyone ever for any advice? This was a fishing survey. Fishing for more behavioral health cash. It seems maybe 1/4 of the questions were actually Covid related.

mtndriver Sep 03, 2021 05:28 PM
County Offers Public Survey to Assess Potential Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic

I don't agree with RHS. Looks to me like they are genuinely interested in developing more ways to help people who are anxious or depressed around Covid. Most of the questions were related to the respondent's own mental and emotional responses to what's going on, trying to discover if there's a need for more community support. They can't know unless they ask if people are hurting.

Luvaduck Sep 04, 2021 10:04 AM
County Offers Public Survey to Assess Potential Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic

Whose mental health is the most obviously screwed up ane will get increased subsidies, and who sucks it up and keeps on plodding, desperately trying to keep their heads above water, while not entitled to free mental health services or free anything, and paying for others to have what they cannot have after paying for the benefits of others?

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