Mental Health Association Of Orange County
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.
3540 Howard Way, Suite 150
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
7441 Lincoln Way, Suite 250
Garden Grove, CA 92841
22471 Aspan St. #103
Lake Forest, CA 92630
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
For homeless resources provided by the Orange County Health Care Agency, visit their Homeless Services Website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
790 Town & Country Rd
Orange, CA 92868-4710
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
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.
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.