Did you know? One in 5 adults experiences a mental health crisis, and nearly 60% of them do not receive the proper assistance that is needed to heal and thrive.
In Huntington Beach, the City receives 15,000 calls for service each year involving mental health, substance abuse, and similar crises. Be Well OC in Huntington Beach (BWOC) is a Mobile Crisis Response Team, composed of two Crisis Counselors who drive to your location and provide in-community assessment and stabilization services.
The teams are well-trained and experienced in providing appropriate information, referrals, transportation to services, and additional follow-up support and case management - to help address mental health related situations.
Be Well OC in Huntington Beach is prepared to help with a variety of non-emergency and non-medical, public assistance situations that have historically been handled by the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD). For many of those scenarios, Be Well OC in Huntington Beach is better equipped to de-escalate and assist these situations:
- Mental health crisis
- Suicidal ideation
- Public assistance
- Non-domestic violence family disputes
- Drug and alcohol abuse/addiction
- Welfare checks
- Death notification
- Homelessness, with the Huntington Beach Homeless Task Force
BWOC is staffed through Be Well Orange County, an innovative organization that leverages the nationally-recognized CAHOOTS crisis response model to help improve outcomes for those in need, lower overall costs for the community, and support law enforcement and EMS, so they can focus on calls where they are needed most urgently.
To mark the first year of Be Well OC in Huntington Beach, the City has released a comprehensive report highlighting calls for service numbers, response data, and successes.
The City is carefully gathering data to measure program outcomes and impacts on mental health issues in Huntington Beach. Monthly data reports will be released on this website to help our residents gain a better understanding of this comprehensive program.
The City has partnered with Be Well OC to conduct two virtual Town Hall events that explores the goals and functions of the Be Well OC in Huntington Beach Team.
Challenges related to mental health affect 1 in 5 adults, yet stigma makes it difficult to seek proper care and treatment. At the City of Huntington Beach, we believe that mental health is just as important as physical health and are committed to providing all of our residents with greater access to proper care and a supportive environment. Health and hope happen in HB.
If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health crisis, please call 911 (for emergencies) or the HBPD non-emergency line at (714) 960-8825.
For information about mental health services and other supportive resources in Orange County, please
For general information about Be Well OC in Huntington Beach, please email [email protected].
For general information about Be Well OC, please call (949) 749-2501.
- Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm (PST)
- Calls received after hours will be returned the next day.