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Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County

Last updated: November 10, 2018, 12:38 pm

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District reports that parts of our county have unhealthy air due to smoke. Please follow the following tips to protect yourself and your loved ones. Everyone, especially children, should reduce outdoor activity. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors. Masks such as the N-95 are not effective for untrained users and may be dangerous for people with lung or heart conditions. N-95 masks may be helpful for people who must work outdoors if properly fitted. Employees should work with their employers for direction on when/how to use N-95 masks. Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms like repeated coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, palpitations, nausea, fatigue or lightheadedness. Visit for smoke tips and for air quality in your area

Services for Adults

24 Hour Hotlines/Crisis Counseling

Mental Health Crisis Services

For emergencies and referral information call 1-888-678-7277 any time day or night. The call is free.

Stand! Against Domestic Violence:

(Formerly Battered Women's Alternatives)

Emergency shelter, legal assistance, and a variety of other resources for victims of intimate partner violence. Operated 24 hours/day. Offices in Richmond, Concord, and Antioch.

Casa Hispana:

Immigration law and legal consultation offered Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Located in Concord.

Child Abuse Prevention Council:

For referrals to parenting resources, training on child abuse issues, etc. Calls taken mon. - fri., 9 am - 5 pm. Based in Walnut Creek.

Contra Costa Crisis Center:

24-hour suicide hotline; grief counseling program; suicide prevention; and more. Based in Walnut Creek.

Elder Abuse Prevention:

888-545-SAFE (or 510-233-3427)
Offers advice on elder abuse situations Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Offices in Richmond.

Homeless Hotline:

Referrals to homeless shelters in the East Bay, operated 24 hours/day.

International Institute:

Immigration paperwork for battered and low-income women. Contact Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Located in Oakland.

Community Violence Solutions:

Operates 24 hour crisis hotline that can also provide referrals to the Center's individual and group counseling; sexual assault victim advocacy. Offices in Richmond and Antioch.

West County: 510-236-7273
Central County: 925-798-7273
East County: 925-439-7273

Rainbow Community Center:

Community service center serving Contra Costa's lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered communities.

Victim/Witness Program:

Consultation on how victims of violence can apply for restitution from the state of California.Calls taken Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Located in Martinez.