Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services


Monterey County Behavioral Health (MCBH) aims to serve residents who suffer from mental illnesses in the Monterey County area to help them live a healthy and productive life. Currently there are low service participation rates from the youth population with mental health issues in Monterey County. The purpose of this research project was to develop and distribute a survey to identify different service acquisitions to increase youth participation in overall services offered. Data from the Monterey County website showed that 12,154 youth that are eligible for services, yet only 779 actually went in for one or more visits for mental health (Monterey County, 2016). Through gathered data and with thorough analysis it was discovered that 41% of the youth surveyed wished to be addressed about sensitive topics and services through in class workshops. Over 50% of the respondents confirmed that they had heard about services, however, 63% of respondents had never used services. The county will be informed of the findings to determine what approach to take to better serve the youth population with services and knowledge about mental illnesses.