BHRS serves Medi-Cal and low income, uninsured individuals and families in need of mental health and substance use support. The priorities and goals of BHRS strive to establish a comprehensive, integrated, and recovery-oriented continuum of evidence-based services that are responsive to community needs, engage multiple systems and stakeholders, encourage community participation, promote system integration, and embrace a comprehensive approach to service delivery.
BHRS is a division of the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services.
BHRS offers the following to the residents of Marin County
Children and Youth Mental Health Services
Mental health services for children and youth and their families.
Older Adult Mental Health Services
Mental health services and supports for adults over the age of 60 years.
Forensic, Diversion, & Re-Entry Services
Mental health and substance use services for those at risk of criminal justice involvement, currently in Jail, or previously incarcerated.
Prevention and Early Intervention Resources
Prevention and early intervention services, education, support, and outreach.
BHRS goal is to provide trauma informed, resilience oriented, and equitable care (TIROC) using a justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion lens. This is a result of our partnership with the National Council of Mental Wellbeing and their TIROC Community of Practice.
BHRS launched the LGBTQ+ Workgroup in September 2019 with the mission of building and maintaining a safe, inclusive, and equitable environment for LGBTQ+ clients, employees, and families.
BHRS envisions a safer community for all, where the challenges of mental health and/or substance use are addressed in a respectful, compassionate, holistic, and effective manner. Inclusion and equity are valued and central to our work.
We are dedicated to advancing the health and social equity for all people in Marin County and for all communities through the resources and programs described above. We are committed to be an organization that values inclusion and equity for all.
- We promote culturally responsive, person- and family- centered recovery.
- We are inspired by the individuals and families we serve, their achievements, and potential for wellness and recovery.
- We build respectful partnerships that enhance our capabilities and build our capacity.
- We use proven practices, opportunities, and technologies to prevent and/or reduce the impacts of mental illness and/or substance use, and to promote the health of the individuals, families, and communities we serve.
Marin Mental Health Plan EQRO Report - 2018
Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System Waiver (DMC-ODS)
Department of Health and Human Services Resources
About the BHRS Director
TODD SCHIRMER, PhD, CCHP
Director of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services at the County of Marin
Dr. Todd Schirmer is the Director of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) for the County of Marin. In this role, he oversees integrated mental health and substance use services for low income Marin County residents who have Medi-Cal or are uninsured, as well as behavioral health crisis services for all Marin County residents regardless of insurance status.
Prior to his appointment to this role in August of 2022, Dr. Schirmer served as Division Director overseeing Mobile Crisis, Forensic, Re-Entry, and Diversion services in BHRS since 2019. This included the development a comprehensive continuum of behavioral health services for individuals at risk of incarceration, currently incarcerated in the Jail, and upon re-entry to the community. This work resulted in Marin County receiving recognition as a Stepping Up Initiative Innovator County and earning a California State Association of Counties challenge award in 2021.
Previously, Dr. Schirmer spent 10 years working at Napa State Hospital, with positions including Staff Psychologist, Senior Psychologist – Forensic Specialist, and Senior Psychologist Supervisor. He has maintained a small private practice in clinical and forensic psychology since 2010.
Dr. Schirmer earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Rosalind Franklin University, a MA in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a BS in Human Development and Psychological Services from Northwestern University.
Dr. Schirmer is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Certified Correctional Health Professional. In his free time, he enjoys hiking the trails of Marin County with his son and rescue dog.