08.20.21 Orange County receives $7 million from state to fund mental health initiatives

Excerpted from the Daily Pilot

By Lily Nguyen

Orange County officials announced Friday $7 million in state funding has been secured to support county mental health initiatives — namely, Be Well OC, which provides mental health support to residents and runs the first mental health and wellness campus countywide.

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About $5 million will be allocated toward the construction of an additional Irvine campus and the remaining $2 million will be put toward a data integration system that officials are currently building.

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State officials, including state Sen. Tom Umberg, state Sen. Pat Bates and state Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris offered their congratulations and support of the county’s efforts to boost mental health, the beginnings of which dates back to at least 2015.