We are proud to highlight the Multi-Ethnic Collaborative of Community Agencies (MECCA) as our featured Be Well OC partner this quarter. MECCA is actively creating culturally and linguistically responsive programs to destigmatize mental health, focusing on traditionally underserved multicultural communities and is a vital backbone organization of Result Area 1.
As part of the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Initiative, MECCA seeks out grants to expand MAT services in the Orange County community and is developing programs to destigmatize MAT recovery, recently securing a grant from the Sierra Health Foundation. MECCA is also collaborating with Be Well OC to expand MAT services for youth with the help of the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS).
As an active participant in the Community Suicide Prevention Initiative, MECCA is engaged in each meeting, providing valuable input to the creation of the initiative’s 2020 action plan. This quarter, MECCA partnered with the community to host screenings of The S Word, a documentary eliminating stigma around suicide, along with panel discussions featuring community members including Kay Warren from Saddleback Church, Tricia Nguyen from Southland Integrated Services, mental health advocate Kelechi Ubozoh and Dr. Clayton Chau from Mind OC. Screenings are currently on-hold due to COVID-19.
To learn more about MECCA’s engagement in the Be Well OC movement, reach out to Executive Director Iliana Soto-Welty (firstname.lastname@example.org).