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MHA Programs and Services

MHA continuum of programs and services follow the psychosocial rehabilitation, recovery and wellness model, which builds upon client strengths and encourages client choices.  MHA treats the person, not the illness and emphasizes abilities rather than disabilities.

Back to Work
“MHA’s Back to Work program maximizes job placement and retention through various supportive servicespre and post placement activities and job coaching. Referrals are made through MHA Homeless Multi-Service CenterCounty of Orange Clinics and County Contract agencies. Program’s “open door” policy welcomes clients who return for new employment needs.”Tim Sclavo 714.234.9082
Clubhouse Programs
“Clubhouses compliment the Outpatient Recovery Centers and are located in Costa MesaGarden Grove and Lake Forest and open to anyone reveiving services from the County of Orange or its contracting partners. The Clubhouse is member drivendesigned and operated solely by mental health clients. The Clubhouse provides a supportive environmenta self-help and empowering settingwhich focuses on the strength of individuals with socialrecreational activitieseducation and programs which help to realize each members potential.”Minnie Lucas 714.234.9079
Hearing Advocacy
“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.”
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Homeless Multi-Service Center
“The Homeless Multi-Service Center is open 365 days a year6am – 3pm serving mealsproviding showerslaundryaccess 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 collegesrotate through the mulit-service center providing health educationhypertension and blood sugar testing and first aidto fulfill community nursing curriculum requirements. Supportive services; back to workhousing assistancesubstance abuse counseling and SSI benefits assistance are provided.”Juan Lopez 714.668.1530
Homeless Outreach
“Homeless Outreach team provides linkage with other providersshelter 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 itemsnon-perishable foodwatersocksblankets and limited clothing along with other resources and meet individuals in parksfeeding sites and other homeless enclaves. Psychosocial philosophy approaches each clientmeeting their momentary needs while introducing additional resources.”Juan Lopez 714.668.1530
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Housing Program
“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 permanentindependent housing. Staff assists clients with housing optionsprovides transportation for housing searchnegotiates with landlordsprepares clients for independent livingassists in Section 8 housing applicationcollects donated furniture and household items and provides case management for successful long-term placement.”Darlene Powell 714.234.9074
MHA – Project Together Mentor Program
“The Mental Health Association Project Together Mentor Program (MHA-PT) provides mentoring services for childrenyouth and families that are receiving mental health treatment through the County of Orange Health Care AgencyChildren & 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 AgencyChildren and Youth Services and its’ contract agencies. Project Together provides a safeethical and professional mentor program for the minor clientand their parents/care givers.”Xochlit Diaz 714.836.0355
Outpatient Recovery Center
“MHA operates multiple Orange County Outpatient Recovery Centers that provide quality care treatment for psychiatric disorders. Psychiatristssocial workerscounselors and consumers offer treatmentsupport and education.”
Costa MesaGina Svicarovich 949.646.9227
Garden GroveLiz Youn 714.638.8277
Lake ForestEdgar Riviera 949.458.2715
Representative Payee Program
“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.”Darlene Powell 714.234.9074
Resource and Referral
“This community service links callers to MHA programs and servicescounty mental health clinicslocal agencies and organizationspsychiatric facilitiessupport groups and other requested information.”Melanie Infante 714.547.7559
SSI Benefits Assistance Program
“Staff assists mental health clients unable to workdue to mental illnessthrough the application process for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and any/all subsequent follow-up needed for approval. All referrals are made through Orange County Health Care Agency and contracting partners.”Christina Bennett 714.568.0082