Our next stakeholder meeting is coming soon! Please join us and our community stakeholders as we review our latest MHSA program updates. Please feel free to invite your friends and family members to learn more about the many avenues of support offered through the Mental Health Services Act and Tri-City!  

Two different meeting dates and times are available for your convenience!

Tuesday, October 3rd - Morning

Light breakfast provided - 9:30 am to 10:00 am
Stakeholder Meeting - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm


Thursday, October 5th - Evening

Dinner provided - 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Stakeholder Meeting - 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm


October Stakeholder Meeting

For more information please contact Dana Barford MHSA Projects Manager 909.326.4641 dbarford@tricitymhs.org

Tri-City Mental Health is proud to offer free community mental health trainings to those who live, work, or serve the Tri-City area in the hopes that community members will become better educated about mental health and wellness for themselves and the communities they serve.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid [MHFA] will teach participants to recognize signs and symptoms of several disorders and provides an action plan that will assist them in a crisis or non-crisis situation. At the end of the training, each participant will receive a 3 year certification from the National Council for Behavioral Health.

There are three versions of Mental Health First Aid available:

Adult Curriculum:

• 8 hour training – This training can be completed in one session or divided into two four-hour sessions
• Curriculum is for participants who work with adults, ages 25 and over
• Participants must be 18 and over to attend this training

Spanish [Adult] Curriculum:

• 8 hour training – This training can be divided into specific time blocks designed to accommodate the participant's schedule
• Curriculum is for monolingual Spanish speakers
• Participants must be 18 and over to attend this training

Youth Curriculum: [available in English and Spanish]

• 8 hour training – This training can be completed in one session or divided into two four-hour sessions
• Curriculum is for participants who work with youth, ages 12-24
• Participants must be 16 and over to attend this training

Everyday Mental Health

Everyday Mental Health [EMH] was developed to provide basic mental health information to anyone who is interested in supporting themselves, family, and friends in mental wellness. The training identifies the two most common disorders, anxiety and depression, and their impact on our everyday lives. This 2 hour training can be modified to 1 hour, if time is limited, and adapted to address the requirements of a specific audience.

The Recovery Model

The Recovery Model [RM] is a treatment model that is widely used in the mental health field. This model empowers members to be actively engaged in their treatment and increases capacity to be successful and satisfied in the healthy environment of their choice. The training looks at how this approach to treatment works and helps participants understand how they can be supportive to someone who is in the process of recovery. This 2 hour training can be modified to 1 hour, if time is limited.

To register for this class please click HERE.
For more information please send an email to: cmht@tricitymhs.org

On April 13th, 2016 we will be hosting our 2nd Employment Stability Conference.  The conference is designed to promote employer awareness of mental health in the workplace.

An attorney will be presenting on how to stay compliant with California labor laws, and afterwards he will answer questions from the audience.   We will also have a presentation on Mental Health First Aid which is a free training that Tri-City offers to the public.

If you are interested please click the link to our flyer and RSVP for this free conference.

View the flyer HERE.

On November 19th Tri-City will promote it’s 2nd annual day of no smoking. Tri-City calls this event Bye Bye Butts and each of the agency’s four locations will offer snacks, cessation kits and educational materials about the effects of smoking and vaping. 
Statistics show that adults with mental illness are 70 percent more likely to smoke and Tri-City wanted to bring awareness to this fact and help promote wellness among the community. The American Cancer Society chooses the 3rd Thursday of November as a day of no smoking. Tri-City chose to adopt this initiative in order to bring awareness and it has proven successful. This year the cities of Pomona and La Verne took notice and declared Nov 19th as official Bye Bye Butts day:
City of LaVerne Proclamation

Please visit us on November 19 at these locations where materials will be available:

2008 N. Garey Ave, Pomona, CA 91767
Time: 8:30am – 11am

1403 N. Garey Ave, Pomona, CA 91767
Time: 11am – 1pm

1900 Royalty, Pomona, CA 91767
Time: 3pm – 5pm

1717 N. Indian Hill, Claremont, CA 91711
Time: 3pm – 5pm

Tri-City Mental Health MHSA FY 2012/13 Annual Update Plan. To provide comments, please click here.

To view the plan in English please click here.

To view the plan in Spanish, please click here.

To view the plan in Vietnamese, please click here.

Gibran Carter, MHSA Program Coordinator
(909) 784-3171



Volunteer at Tri-City

Tri-City Mental Health is a public agency serving the communities of Pomona, Claremont, and La Verne. The volunteer program at Tri-City provides opportunities for individuals to get hands-on experience in public mental health. Volunteers support the staff in a wide variety of duties. These duties will vary depending on the department. The four programs that a person can volunteer with are:

  • The Wellness Center
  • Peer Counseling
  • Community Navigators
  • Therapeutic Community Gardening (TCG)


Please see the descriptions of each program below as well as the benefits and requirements to become a volunteer at Tri-City. If you are interested in volunteering please click here to fill out an application.

Benefits of becoming a volunteer

  • Hands-on experience
  • Job training skills
  • Preparation for workforce
  • Add to your resume
  • Personal Growth
  • Potential employment
  • Discount tickets to area attractions

Qualifying Requirements

  • Background check
  • Fingerprints
  • Drug screen
  • TB test
  • Must be 16 and over


Required Trainings (provided by Tri-City)

  • MHFA (Mental Health First Aid)
  • CPI (Crisis Prevention Intervention)


Volunteer Opportunities

Wellness Center

The Wellness Center is a hub of community activities that promote recovery, resiliency, and wellness for people confronting mental health issues. Staff located at this site, including peer advocates, family members, clinical staff, and others, provides a range of culturally competent, person – and family-centered groups, workshops and socialization activities designed to promote increasing independence and wellness for people of all ages. For more information about the Wellness Center, click here.


Peer Counselor

The Peer Support Program is available to TAY (Transitional-Aged Youth) ages 16-25, adults ages 26-59 and seniors (60+ years) within the Tri-City service area. Volunteer counselors receive specialized training and on-going weekly supervision and support from TCMHC clinical staff members. These volunteers meet individually with counselees and/or in groups to provide support. Groups focus on providing support and creating opportunities for members to engage in projects that serve their communities and other wellness activities. For more information about the Peer Support Program, click here.

Community Navigators

Tri-City’s Community Navigator Program consists of highly trained individuals who specialize in linkage and referral to local resources. This mission critical program has been structured for the purpose of helping people gain access to the services and support they need, both formal and informal. Community navigators regularly visit the following settings (among others):

  • Community organizations
  • Emerging and well established health and mental health programs
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Schools
  • Courts
  • Residential facilities
  • Local NAMI chapter
  • Self-help groups
  • Client advocacy groups

For more information the Community Navigators, click here.

Therapeutic Community Gardening (TCG):

Horticulture therapy is the process of using plants, gardening, and the innate closeness humans feel towards nature as direct tools of intervention in programs of therapy and rehabilitation. Although horticulture therapy is regarded as a still emerging mental health treatment model, its usage and practice in early forms can be traced as far back as the times of ancient Egypt. During weekly program groups, TCG clients are allowed the opportunity to plant, maintain, and harvest fruits, vegetables, flowers, and other crops for therapeutic purposes and symptom management. Through group gardening exercises as well as team discussions / activities, TCG clients also have the opportunity to engage with peers and develop positive social relationships with others in the community. Other program activities include cooking classes (centred on meal preparation with harvested crops), games, field trips, and horticulture workshops.

“At risk families” (parents / caregivers who are enduring emotional, bonding, or communication difficulties with their children)
Young adults (16 – 25)
Military veterans
Adults 26+

For more information on Therapeutic Community Gardening, click here.

For more information on our volunteer process, please download our volunteer brochure click here.

Click here to fill out our volunteer application.

An application for membership can be found here.

Tri-City Mental Health Center was formed in 1960 as a provider of community mental health services to low-income residents of Claremont, La Verne, and Pomona.  The Mental Health Commission is a state mandated body comprised of community members and consumers who are committed to the effective and consumer-sensitive delivery of mental health services.

Appointed by the Governing Board, the Tri-City Mental Health Commission consists of members who have a demonstrated interest in the mission and delivery of mental health services (one representative from the Governing Board also serves as a sitting Commission member).  Commission duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • To review and evaluate area mental health needs, services, facilities, and unique problems
  • To advise the Tri-City Governing Board and the Executive Director as to any aspects of Tri City’s mental health program
  • To review and approve the agency’s procedures in order to ensure citizen and professional involvement at all stages of the mental health planning process
  • To review and make recommendations on applicants for the appointment of the agency’s director of mental health services

To view a current roster of Tri-City Mental Health Commission members, please click here.

To view Meeting Agendas and Minutes, please click here.

Please contact the commision at: mhcommission@tricitymhs.org

December 5, 2014

Toni Navarro

Toni Navarro to replace Jesse Duff as new Executive Director at Tri-City Mental Health Services

Antonette (Toni) Navarro, Director of Clinical Program Services at Tri-City Mental Health Center for the past six years, has been selected Executive Director by the Tri-City Governing Board. Navarro, who assumes office Dec. 8, will succeed Jesse Duff, who is retiring.

A licensed marriage and family therapist, Navarro has been providing community-based mental health services to underserved and high-utilizing populations for more than 25 years in a variety of capacities and settings. She has extensive experience in direct service to clients and families, clinical staff supervision and training, and program development and implementation.

Navarro, a graduate of UCLA, received her master’s degree in education from UC Santa Barbara and joined Tri-City in 2008. “I look forward to continuing my service to the three cities we serve in this position,” Navarro said. “We have accomplished much in the six years I have been on board and, while there is much more work to be done, I recognize the close relationship that Tri-City has – both with those it serves, the mental health community and the community at large.” She added that Tri-City is doing more than providing mental health services to the community – it is continuing to work within its service area to end the stigma surrounding mental health. “Ending the stigma clearly will go a long way toward helping us reach our goals,” Navarro said.

As Executive Director, Navarro will work under the direction of the Governing Board and the California Department of Health Care Services to plan, direct, coordinate, manage and implement comprehensive local community mental health services for the agency. Duff, who joined the agency as Interim Executive Director in 2007 and was officially appointed to the top position in 2008, will serve as a consultant during the transition until the end of the year. Recruitment is under way for a new Director of Clinical Program Services.

Jess DuffDuff, a long-time resident of La Verne, served as City Manager for the City of Duarte from 1986 to 2004 and, following his retirement, served as interim city manager briefly in Claremont and Irwindale, and interim community development director in Rosemead. During his tenure at Tri-City, the agency has grown from a smaller outpatient clinic employing 50 staff members into a comprehensive system of care with 160 staffers providing services to the community through multiple venues.

Highlights of his seven years with Tri-City include:

  • Directed the organization’s emergence from bankruptcy
  • Negotiated and implemented a Medi-Cal provider contract with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
  • Oversaw the re-organization of the agency’s Governing Board and Mental Health Commission
  • Established a robust California Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) delegate and stakeholder process to ensure involvement of the community in identifying new mental health programs needed to reach unserved and underserved residents
  • Submitted and obtained approval of new MHSA programs (including community services and supports, prevention and early intervention, workforce and education and others required by state law)
  • Established and implemented the agency’s permanent supportive housing plan under MHSA
  • Established a “Wellness Center” serving the community
  • Developed a strong community partnership with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and the local school districts
  • Completed the agency’s first permanent supportive housing project with three additional housing projects under way

Tri-City is the Mental Health Authority for the cities of Pomona, Claremont and La Verne, receiving funding directly from the California Department of Mental Health. For more information, contact Tri-City at (909) 623-6131 or visit the web site at www.tricitymhs.org.