During Tuesday’s Board Meeting, the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to support the development and construction of Orange County’s second Wellness Campus, a 22-acre portion of the County’s property located in South Orange County near the former Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) El Toro.
“Today, Orange County has taken another big step forward with plans to build a second Wellness Hub that will transform the mental health services delivery system for Orange County residents,” said Supervisor Andrew Do, Vice Chairman on the Board of Supervisors. “When I first started my work in the mental health area five years ago, I never could have imagined getting to this point.”
In February of 2018, the County of Orange purchased a 2.10-acre property located at 265 S. Anita Drive in Orange for the development of the Be Well OC North Campus – the first of three OC Wellness Hubs – a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership that will provide mental health treatment to all residents of Orange County.
The public-private partnership is comprised of CalOptima, the county’s largest health insurance plan for low-income residents, seniors, and people living with disabilities; Mind OC, a community-owned nonprofit, created to support the advancement of the three OC Wellness Hubs and strategically deliver coordinated behavioral health services countywide; and local hospital systems such a Kaiser Permanente, Hoag and Providence St. Joseph Health (St. Jude Medical Center and St. Joseph Hospital).
“Our first endeavor at Anita Drive, which is set to open in January of 2021, will serve as a cornerstone in building a world-class system of mental healthcare and a new reality for our county,” said Supervisor Do, who has been a strong advocate for expanding mental health care services since taking office in 2015. “It is my hope that this public-private partnership will serve as a template for the other two Wellness Hub campuses.”
The services that will be provided at the Be Well OC Wellness Campus in Anita Drive include:
• Behavioral Health Services
• Wellness and Social Services
• A Crisis and Stabilization Unit
• Substance Use Disorder Intake and Referral
• Withdrawal Management
• Crisis Residential Treatment
• Substance Use Disorder and Co-Occurring Residential Treatment
The programs and services offered in all three OC Wellness Hubs expand on the county’s promise for providing coordinated behavioral health and substance abuse disorder services to all Orange County residents, regardless of payor, as stated in the 2016 Strategic Financial Plan.
“While our work on building out our System of Care is far from over, we are committed to continuing our collaborative efforts and partnerships that have contributed so significantly to our progress,” said Supervisor Do.
Orange County Vice Chairman Andrew Do represents the First District communities of Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Westminster, Fountain Valley, and Midway City. In his second term, Vice Chairman Do has advocated for health and safety-based COVID-19 response planning, reformed Orange County’s mental health services, expanded access to health care, and led efforts to combat homelessness. Supervisor Andrew Do was one of the first officials in the state to propose a face covering mandate.