Mental Health Association Of Orange County
Specialty Services


The Mental Health Association is a non-profit agency providing excellence in mental health services since 1958.


 

Three Mental Health Outpatient Recovery Centers

Mental health professionals provide primary mental health assessment, diagnosis and treatment, medication services, individual and group therapy, crisis intervention and case management, support and encouragement to individuals struggling with chronic and persistent mental illness.  All clients are referred by the County of Orange Health Care Agency.  Services are provided at three program locations including: Costa Mesa, Garden Grove and Lake Forest.

Costa Mesa
Edgar Rivera
420 W. 19th St. Suite B
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Phone: 949-646-9227
Fax: 949-646-9191

Garden Grove
Sherri Abbassi
12755 Brookhurst #116
Garden Grove, CA 92840
Phone: 714-638-8277
Fax: 714-638-8343

Lake Forest
Katherine Womack
22471 Aspan St. #103
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Phone: 949-458-2715
Fax: 949-458-3583

Three Psychosocial Consumer Clubhouses

Clubhouses compliment the Outpatient Recovery Centers and are located in Costa Mesa, Garden Grove and Lake Forest and open to anyone receiving services from the County of Orange or its contracting partners. The Clubhouse is member driven, designed and operated solely by mental health clients. The Clubhouse provides a supportive environment, a self-help and empowering setting, which focuses on the strength of individuals with social, recreational activities, education and programs which help to realize each member’s potential.


 

Homeless Mentally Ill Multi-Service Center

The Homeless Multi-Service Center is open 365 days a year, 6am – 4pm serving meals, providing showers, laundry, access to county mental health clinics as well as telephone and address contact to persons who are homeless and have a severe and persistent mental illness. Student nurses from 5 nursing colleges, rotate through the mulit-service center providing health education, hypertension and blood sugar testing and first aid, to fulfill community nursing curriculum requirements. Supportive services; back to work, housing assistance, substance abuse counseling and SSI benefits assistance are provided.

As required by Federal law, MHA participates in the county’s HMIS program. The HMIS privacy notice can be downloaded here: HMIS Privacy Notice

Tony Mundy
mundy@mhaoc.org
P.O. Box 718
Santa Ana, CA 92702
2416 S. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92707
Phone: 714-668-1530
Fax: 714-668-1531


 

Wellness Centers

Our regional Wellness Centers provide a safe and nurturing environment for each individual to achieve his/her vision of recovery from mental illness while promoting acceptance, dignity, and social inclusion. The programs provide peer-to-peer support and community integration, offering an array of groups and resources to increase the wellness of the community of Orange County. Activities include art, cooking, gardening, and life skills classes. Services offered include housing, employment, and peer mentoring.

Wellness Center South

Melanie Infante
infante@mhaoc.org
23072 Lake Center Drive Suite 115
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Phone: 949-528-6822

Wellness Center West

Tuyen Phung
phung@mhaoc.org
11277 Garden Grove Blvd., Suite 101A
Garden Grove, CA 92843
Phone: 657-667-6455

 


 

Homeless Mentally-Ill Outreach Team

The Homeless Outreach Team locates, engages and provides linkage to the MHA Homeless Multi-Service Center as well as outside providers, shelter and income resources for homeless persons with a mental illness. Bi-lingual (Spanish/English) team builds rapport with the most treatment resistant of the homeless.  They distribute hygiene items, non-perishable food, water, socks, blankets and limited clothing along with other resources and meet individuals in parks, feeding sites and other homeless enclaves. A strengths-based psychosocial wellness philosophy is utilized by staff with the goal of instilling hope and motivation in the individuals they encounter and then actively linking them to the services that will end their homelessness and stabilize their symptoms.


 

Housing Services for Homeless Mentally Ill

Housing program is unique in Orange County in its ability to assist homeless individuals suffering from a mental illness transition out of homelessness and emergency shelters into permanent, independent housing. Staff assists clients with housing options, provides transportation for housing search, negotiates with landlords, prepares clients for independent living, assists in Section 8 housing application, collects donated furniture and household items and provides case management for successful long-term placement.

Tony Mundy
mundy@mhaoc.org
P.O. Box 718
Santa Ana, CA 92702
2416 S. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92707
Phone: 714-668-1530
Fax: 714-668-1531


 

Homeless Veterans Outreach Team

Case workers link qualifying veterans with services through the Veterans Administration (VA) and provide general compassion and support to those they serve. Clients are transported to the VA whenever needed, and are assisted every step of the process as they seek assistance. At least 33% of the homeless population in the US are male veterans and many do not know if they qualify for VA benefits. Case workers help clients apply for healthcare benefits, retirement, and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers (similar to Section 8 housing vouchers) to move homeless veterans into permanent housing.

Tony Mundy
mundy@mhaoc.org
P.O. Box 718
Santa Ana, CA 92702
2416 S. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92707
Phone: 714-668-1530
Fax: 714-668-1531


 

Homeless Independent Housing Program

Housing first/rapid-rehousing program that assists homeless individuals and families who do not have a mental illness diagnosis secure permanent housing and provides case management and life-skills coaching to prevent recidivism back into homelessness.

Tony Mundy
mundy@mhaoc.org
P.O. Box 718
Santa Ana, CA 92702
2416 S. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92707
Phone: 714-668-1530
Fax: 714-668-1531


 

Back to Work Program for Homeless Mentally Ill

MHA’s Back to Work program maximizes job placement and retention through various supportive services, pre and post placement activities and job coaching. Referrals are made through MHA Homeless Multi-Service Center, County of Orange Clinics and County Contract agencies. Program’s “open door” policy welcomes clients who return for new employment needs

Tony Mundy
mundy@mhaoc.org
P.O. Box 718
Santa Ana, CA 92702
2416 S. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92707
Phone: 714-668-1530
Fax: 714-668-1531


 

Resource and Referral Services

This community service links callers to MHA programs and services, county mental health clinics, local agencies and organizations, psychiatric facilities, support groups and other requested information.


 

Hospital/Client Advocacy Services

This program provides trained volunteer hearing advocates for all Orange County’s probable cause hearings regarding involuntary hospital stays. Advocates fulfill a state-mandated role in explaining the hearing and supporting patients through the process. Advocates enable clients to have fair and impartial hearings based on criteria for the holds.


 

SSI Benefits Outreach Team

Staff assists mental health clients unable to work, due to mental illness, through the application process for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and subsequent follow-up needed for approval. ****Referrals can only come from eligible Orange County Health Care Agency and contracting partners by formal Referral****

 


 

Representative Payee Services

This program is approved by the Social Security Administration and provides financial case management services to disabled individuals to assure appropriate use of income to address needs and strengthen basic skills and money management.

Monique Suarez
reppayee@mhaoc.org
Phone: 714-234-9074


 

Project Together Mentor/Life Coaching Program for Children and Transitional Aged Youth

Provides mentoring services for children, youth and families that are receiving mental health treatment through the County of Orange Health Care Agency, Children & Youth Services (CYS) and CYS contracted programs. Mentors are matched with children and youth receiving mental health treatment from the County of Orange Health Care Agency, Children and Youth Services and its contract agencies. Project Together provides a safe, ethical and professional mentor program for the minor client, and their parents/care givers.

Visit the Project Mentor Website to learn more: Project Together Mentor Program

Xochilt Figueroa
figueroa@mhaoc.org
790 Town & Country Rd
Orange, CA 92868-4710
Phone: 714-836-0355
Fax: 714-836-0356


 

Consumer Operated Thrift Store/Job Training Center

Located in Santa Ana, the Keep It Simple Thrift Store provides training and support to clients in preparation for community employment: including workplace culture, merchandising skills, time management, and customer service. The store is also a revenue source for the agency.

2416 S. Main St. Unit B
Santa Ana, CA 92707-3255
Phone: 714-424-9111


 

Orange County Task Force on Hoarding

Orange County Task Force on Hoarding
The Orange County Task Force on Hoarding is a volunteer, advisory group that meets monthly to review existing residential hoarding situations that affect the health and safety of individuals in Orange County. As such, the Task Force itself does not provide direct services but is comprised of representatives of agencies and programs that often are able to help. Organizations that encounter hoarding situations are encouraged to bring challenging cases to the monthly task force meeting for review (confidentiality rules apply) with the goal of identifying strategies, developing plans and locating resources that may help bring about a positive outcome for all involved.

CLICK HERE to be directed to the OC Hoarding Task Force website.

CLICK HERE to register online for the September 29, 2017 Law and Ethics Conference: “Legal and Ethical Issues that Emerge in Hoarding Disorder” in Buena Park, CA. To pay by check, download the registration form and return by mail with your payment.


 

Training Videos on Mental Illnesses for Police/First Responders

In collaboration with the Orange and Santa Ana police departments, MHA has produced a series of first responder training videos for dealing with Chronic Homelessness, Autism, Hoarding, Schizophrenia, Involuntary Holds, (W and I Code 5150) best practices and intervention strategies. The purpose of the series of training videos is to provide officers and first responders with a deeper understanding of mental illnesses and the most effective way of approaching people in crisis when called upon to intervene.