Community Counseling and Supportive Services (CCSS) serves residents of all ages who have, or are at risk of developing, a mild to moderate behavioral health condition and limited or no access to mental health and recovery services. The majority are uninsured or underinsured, monolingual Spanish speaking, and have a history of family or domestic violence and/or early childhood trauma. Beginning FY 2020-21, OC ACCEPT merged with CCSS and expanded its capacity to provide specialized expertise working with individuals identifying as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex or Questioning (LGBTIQ), and the important people in their lives.
CCSS is designed to help participants address the early symptoms of depression, anxiety, alcohol and/or drug use, suicidal thoughts, violence and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as the confusion, isolation, grief and loss, high-risk behaviors, self-esteem challenges, victimization by bullying, trauma, homelessness and lack of familial support frequently experienced by individuals identifying as LGBTIQ. Participants are referred to the program by family resource centers, medical offices, community-based organizations, County-operated and County-contracted programs and self-referral.