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Special Initiatives

To make mental health care in Orange County as accessible and compassionate as possible, certain issues require a specialized approach. Be Well OC supports a number of targeted initiatives, each focusing on a specific concern.

Substance Use Disorder Leadership Initiative

Addressing and treating substance use is key to making Orange County a healthier community.

The Be Well OC Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Leadership Initiative unites public, private, academic, faith-based organizations and others in a coordinated, accessible system of substance use treatment and support for all Orange County residents.

The long-term outcome of the Substance Use Disorder Leadership Initiative is to create a coordinated, accessible system of substance use treatment and support for all Orange County residents.

The group includes representatives from:

  • Orange County departments of Public Health, Jail Mental Health, Behavioral Health Services, Education and Social Services.
  • Representatives from the Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) partner KCS and Community-Based Organization (CBO) outreach partner MECCA.
  • Other members include CalOptima, behavioral health plans (Beacon and Magellan), hospital systems, universities, and the Coalition of Orange County Community Health Centers.

Be Well OC Community Suicide Prevention Initiative

Working to save lives through suicide prevention activities that promote hope and help Orange County residents live more purposeful lives.

Behavioral Health System Transformation

Improving the quality and accessibility of culturally responsive, inclusive mental health and substance use services in Orange County.

ACEs Aware

Mind OC, the non-profit backbone of the Be Well OC movement, has been approved for $3 million from the ACEs Aware grant program developed by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) in partnership with the Office of the California Surgeon General (CA-OSG).

ACEs Aware Mission

To change and save lives by helping providers understand the importance of screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences and training providers to respond with trauma-informed care to mitigate the health impacts of toxic stress.

Two-Pronged Approach

Orange County’s TINoC is comprised of public, private, academic, and faith organizations with a shared vision.

  • Build a coordinated network to solidify and expand robust integrated services with cross-sector buffering clinical and community supports.
  • Coordinate existing community resources and referral IT platforms and establish multi-directional IT infrastructure to facilitate closed-loop referrals.

Additional Information and Trainings

For additional information about ACEs Aware and to access ACEs trainings, CLICK HERE.

For questions about Orange County’s ACEs Aware – Trauma-informed Network of Care, please contact: