Results Area Highlights

Hundreds of engaged organizations and individuals have given their hearts, minds and time to developing detailed action plans for the six result areas, leading us into our community’s transformative 2020 year. These six work plans are critical to advancing our shared mission of a world-class system of mental health care for all residents of Orange County. Click here for a recap of the highlights from each result area.

Result Area 1: Reduce Stigma

Strategic Priorities Identified:

  • Adopt a common language to talk about mental health, mental illness & substance use
  • Coordinate and align existing stigma reduction efforts
  • Increase compassion and empathy about mental health.

Highlights of Progress Made in 2020:

  • Formed two workgroups to tackle the selected strategies and activities
  • Developing a community survey to validate common language and messages
  • Identifying key informants to interview
  • Identifying current stigma reduction efforts for opportunities to align
Result Area 2: Prevent and Act Early

Strategic Priorities Identified:

  • Promote resilience, protective factors, and positive support of social determinants of health
  • Improve early detection and diagnosis of mental health illnesses and substance use disorders across care settings
  • Increase outreach, education, and engagement for community families, behavioral health and primary care providers, and allied professionals

Highlights of Progress Made in 2020:

  • All population-specific workgroups—prenatal to five years old, school-aged children, and older adults—have selected their strategies and activities of focus for 2020
  • Population-specific workgroups have been formed to begin tackling the selected activities
  • Forming a transitional age youth with the leadership of Social Services Administration and Western Youth Services
Result Area 3: Close Treatment Gaps and Improve Access

Strategic Priorities Identified:

  • Standardize intake and screening protocols across care settings
  • Standardize transition of care protocols between care systems and levels of care
  • Expand MH/SUD provider network and expertise of MH and SUD workforce

Highlights of Progress Made in 2020:

  • Selected strategies and activities of focus
  • Breakout workgroups have been formed to target activities selected
  • Working with the Behavioral Health Training Collaborative to support in identifying training needs of the MH and SUD workforce
Result Area 4: Strengthen Crisis Response

Strategic Priorities Identified:

  • Create a single, integrated mental health crisis navigation and resource system
  • Support expansion of Crisis Stabilization Units (CSUs)
  • Develop family support tool kit

Highlights of Progress Made in 2020:

  • Created and launched a digital platform to meet the urgent and emerging mental health needs associated with COVD-19
  • A study of the current crisis response system is underway.  Opportunities for improvement and public-private resource integration are being explored.
  • Developing CSU referral/discharge protocols & Family Support Tool Kit
Result Area 5: Establish Community Wellness Hubs

Strategic Priorities Identified:

  • Operationalize the first Be Well OC Regional Campus, in alignment with the progress in construction
  • Contracting and licensing the services, establishing clinical protocols and workflows, and defining metrics for transparency
  • Ensuring participation and support from vital stakeholder groups, including law enforcement, hospitals, supportive services, consumers, etc. in all efforts

Highlights of Progress Made in 2020:

  • See above
Result Area 6: Align Partners, Policies and Programs
  • Convene “Mapping it Out” sessions
  • Align collaborative grant and funding opportunities
  • Align efforts to inform and prepare for state and local policy changes

Highlights of Progress Made in 2020:

  • Opportunities/strategies identified for aligning, coordinating, and leveraging existing work
  • Established Be Well Orange County Stewardship Group

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