Kern Co. approves millions in grant funding for new behavioral health facility

The funding will go toward assisting mental health challenges for the youth.

Kern County will be getting a new facility for its Behavioral Health and Recovery Services department, thanks to grand funding from the state. 

Driving the news: The Kern County Board of Supervisors approved a $17 million grant from the Department of Health Care Services. 


  • Kern Behavioral Health and Recovery Services plans to build a new facility in response to an increase in mental health challenges for youth.
  • Kern County is also matching $1 million of the grant funding to help build the facility. 
  • The state initially awarded the grant funding in June, and the county needed to approve it under new Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Director Alison Burrowes. 
  • The project is expected to be completed in 2027. 
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