Children and Youth Behavioral Health Crisis Assessment Team

Our Children and Youth Behavioral Health Crisis Assessment Team is comprised of  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 physically located in Orange County.
  • Team members receive referrals from a variety of sources that include: schools, hospital emergency departments, police departments, parents/guardians, County-operated and contract clinics, group homes, emergency shelters, reporting centers, the Child Abuse Services Team, Juvenile Hall, Probation Department and the Orangewood Children and Family Center.

County of Orange, Health Care Agency

Contact Us:
  • Address: N/A – mobile service
  • Phone: (866) 830-6011 Fax: (714) 935-6066
  • 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 12-17
Facility: County Contractor
Region: Countywide
Address: 980 Catalina, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
7291 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92648,
14632 Yorba St., Tustin, CA 92780
Phone: (714) 714-0780 Fax: (714) 884-4301
Web Address: www.waymakersoc.org 
Eligibility: Referrals are made only by CYBH 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 Waymakers 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: 2390 East Orangewood Avenue, Ste. 300, Anaheim 92806
Phone: (714) 543-4333 Fax: (714) 955-6590
Web Address: www.prioritycenter.org    
Eligibility: Children and youth referred by the Orange County Health Care Agency Children and Youth Behavioral 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 (TAY), Age 18-25
Facility: County Contractor
Region: Countywide
Address: 590 Traverse Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626 
Phone: (714) 546-7731 Fax: (714) 428-3106
Web Address: www.sccs4kids.org 
Eligibility: Any Orange County TAY who is in need of the service and referred by County staff or local psychiatric hospital 
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 short-term six-bed crisis residential program for transitional age youth (TAY) who are experiencing a mental health crisis but do not meet, or no longer 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: 3344 Nevada Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: (714) 966-5338 Fax: (714) 428-3106
Web Address: www.sccs4kids.org 
Eligibility: SMI TAY (18-26) in need of short-term housing and support who are enrolled in a Full Service Partnership (FSP) Program.
Language(s): English, Spanish and Vietnamese. 
Hours of Operation: 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 365-days a year

Program Description: The Social Rehabilitation Program (SRP) of South Coast Children’s Society assists young adults with serious mental illness (SMI) in establishing a 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 young adult is enrolled.