If you are having a mental health, substance abuse, or other behavioral health emergency, go to our Having A Crisis page right away. If your or someone else's life is in danger, call 911.

Behavioral Healthcare treats mental illness and/or substance abuse. Wake County supports the Behavioral Health needs of our community by maintaining current systems of care, investing in new research & resources, and collaborating with capable people and organizations.

The partnerships that comprise the county's behavioral health system are as diverse as our residents and include:

  • Government,
  • Private care providers,
  • Nonprofits,
  • Insurance companies and
  • Universities.

All work to care for and improve the behavioral health of Wake County residents. With our shifting demographics and rapid growth, it's no surprise that Wake's behavioral health needs are increasing and changing, as well.

One key partnership is with Alliance Behavioral Healthcare, which manages all public mental health, developmental disability and substance abuse services in Wake County. If you are enrolled in Medicare, uninsured, or underinsured and need help accessing behavioral healthcare visit Alliance Behavioral Healthcare or contact its 24-hour Access and Information line at 800-510-9132 to access the wide array of services available.

The 2019–2020 Wake County Behavioral Health Plan, completed in September, articulates a vision for behavioral health in Wake County around five focus areas:

  • Crisis Services
  • Criminal Justice
  • Access & Coordination
  • Familiar Faces
  • Housing

Our site is organized into five different pages. You'll find a link to each page on menus to the left and top of your browser window. 

  • Having A Crisis? has immediate action steps if you or a loved one is experiencing a behavioral health crisis.
  • Connect to Services highlights some of the ways you can start receiving behavioral healthcare in Wake County.
  • Data & Research Library houses some of the research documents that Wake County is using to improve the behavioral health system.
  • Initiatives In Action details new behavioral health work happening in Wake County.
  • Get Involved! is your sign-up station to receive news and updates about ongoing behavioral health work in Wake County.