Children and Youth Behavioral Health Crisis Services

Children and Youth Behavioral Health Crisis Assessment Team

Our Children and Youth Behavioral Health Crisis Assessment Team is comprised of psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, as well as a rotation of behavioral health Service Chiefs who provide crisis evaluations for minors to determine if psychiatric hospitalization is required or if the child/youth can be safely referred to a lower level of care.

Serving: Operated By:
  • This program serves all minors under the age of 18 in Orange County.
  • Team members receive referrals from a variety of sources that include: hospital emergency departments, police departments, County-operated and contract clinics, schools, group homes, emergency shelters, reporting centers, the Child Abuse Services Team, Juvenile Hall, Probation Department, the Back-Up for Court Evaluation and Guidance Unit, and the Orangewood Children and Family Center.
  • They will also visit individual homes with the support of local law enforcement.

County of Orange, Health Care Agency

Contact Us:
  • Address: N/A – mobile service
  • Phone: (866) 830-6011 Fax: (714) 935-8492
  • Web Address: http://ochealthinfo.com/bhs/about/cys/crisis_service
  • Language(s): English, Spanish (additional translation services available)
  • Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year

Children's Crisis Residential

Serving: Children & Youth, Age 13-17
Facility: County Contractor
Region: Countywide
Address: 980 Catalina, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
7291 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Phone: (949) 494-4311 Fax: (949) 497-4861
Web Address: www.cspinc.org 
Eligibility: Referrals are made only by CYS staff on-call, Officer of the Day (OD)/Crisis Assessment Team (CAT) members
Language(s): English and Spanish
Hours of Operation: 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 365-days a year

Program Description: With the goal of reducing at-risk behaviors, peer and family problems, out-of-home placement, and involvement in the child welfare and juvenile justice system among adolescents, the CSP Children’s Crisis Residential Program offers a temporary, short-term, six-bed crisis stabilization home to adolescents who are in crisis. Admissions are voluntary and available on a 24/7 basis depending on bed availability. The program facilitates/educates coping strategies and promotes resiliency in diverse youth and their families. Staff involved in evaluating possible inpatient admissions or the Family Stabilization Teams (FST) identify youth who do not require hospitalization but who will benefit from additional assessment and therapeutic respite.


In Home Crisis Stabilization

Serving: Children, Youth, and Families
Facility: County Contractor
Region: All of Orange County
Address: 500 S. Main St., Ste. 1100, Orange, CA 92868
Phone: (714) 543-4333 Fax: (714) 543-4398
Web Address: www.brightfutures4kids.org 
Eligibility: Children and youth referred by the Orange County Health Care Agency Children and Youth Services staff
Language(s): English, Spanish, and Vietnamese
Hours of Operation: 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 365-days a year

Program Description: The In-Home Crisis Stabilization program provides in-home crisis response, short term in-home therapy, case management and rehabilitation services with a focus on maintaining family stabilization and preventing hospitalization and/or out of home placement.


TAY Crisis Residential

Serving: Transitional Age Youth, Age 18-25
Facility: County Contractor
Region: Countywide
Address: 3344 Nevada Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: (714) 966-5338 Fax: (714) 966-5339
Web Address: www.sccskids.org 
Eligibility: Any Orange County TAY who is in need of the service and referred by County staff
Language(s): English, Spanish and Vietnamese
Hours of Operation: 24-hours a day, 7-days a week and 365-days a year

Program Description: A six-bed residential program for transitional age youth (TAY) who have experienced a mental health crisis but do not meet the criteria for inpatient hospitalization. The program provides assistance with stabilization and linkage to longer term supports. 


TAY Social Rehab Program

Serving: Transitional Age Youth (TAY), Age 18–25
Facility: County Contractor
Region: Countywide
Address: 590 Traverse Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: (714) 547-7731 Fax: (714) 545-4180
Web Address: www.sccskids.org 
Eligibility: SMI TAY in need of short-term housing and support. A fee is required of the placing FSP, the client or the client’s family.
Language(s): English and Spanish
Hours of Operation: 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 365-days a year

Program Description: The Social Rehabilitation Program of South Coast Children’s Society assists youth with serious mental illness (SMI) with an established daily living routine usually after a psychiatric hospitalization. The anticipated length of stay is two to four months, and the program works closely with the full service partnership (FSP) in which the youth is enrolled.