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Welcome to  Speak Up, We Care. We want you to know that every student voice matters and you are not alone. Please reach out, because we care and are here to help you.  For students, parents, and staff who are looking for additional resources and support please see the Community Resources & Support page.

Click Here to Watch the Speak Up, We Care Video

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call 911 immediately.


As a reminder, please access your regular mental health provider for support. If you have private insurance, consider calling your carrier for a referral list that matches your child's needs.

For those who are seeking alternatives, here are some on-line therapy options:

  1. Good Therapy
  2. Better Help
  3. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

The above list is not a comprehensive list of providers in Orange County and is not a formal referral from IUSD. Please use discretion in selecting a mental health provider.



Dear IUSD Community Members,

To help provide additional support to our community, the District has partnered with Care Solace. Through Care Solaces' services families and staff can quickly find verified mental health, behavioral health, and substance abuse treatment options matched to their needs regardless of circumstances or insurance coverage.

Care Solaces' team is available 24/7 and can support you in any language.

If you would like Care Solace to help you find a provider:

  • Call (888) 515-0595 
  • Go to the IUSD Care Solace page to find out more information
  • Visit Caresolace.com/site/iusd/ and either search on your own, or click "Book Appointment" for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.
  • Email weserve@caresolace.org with the following information:
    • Your name and contact information (telephone number)
    • Your preferred language
    • A good time for Care Solace to contact you

Care Solace will assign a personal Care Concierge to support you through the process of finding mental health care. Your Care Concierge will identify available providers who accept your insurance which include private, Medi-Cal, sliding scale, or cost-free options. They will also help you book an appointment and check-in afterward to see if you like the provider or need additional support.




Community resources and support

Click on the title of the organization to find additional information about their services.

mental health resources

Community Resources

IUSD Family Counseling Center
Short-term, solution-focused individual and family therapy, resource linkage and referrals, and parent education/support groups to IUSD families K-12.
(949) 936-8775 

Hoag Community Mental Health
Psychotherapy, psychoeducation, case management, psychiatric services, and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) to uninsured and underinsured OC families. Can provide services in English, Spanish, or Farsi.
(949) 764-6542 

Children and Youth Services (CYS) - Central Region
Outpatient mental health clinic providing individual, group and family therapy, medication support, crisis intervention, family education and case management.
Cost: Sliding scale fee
(714) 850-8408 

Mariposa Women & Family Center
Individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, substance abuse counseling, and support groups to OC residents.
Cost: Sliding scale fee
Orange: (714) 547-6494
San Juan Capistrano: (949) 429-6888 

Western Youth Services
Mental and behavioral health counseling, addiction, advocacy, support and housing.
Cost: Sliding scale fee
(888) 312-0406


UCI Adolescent Mental Health
Address mental health needs of students with insurance coverage.
(714) 456-2924

Mission Hospital
IOP for ages 14-17 affected by substance use and psychological problems.
(949) 364-4246


Parenting resources

Regional Center of OC
Behavior Management/Social Skills Workshops.  Free 5-part series in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese, 5th session addresses toilet training. 
(714) 796-5223

OCHCA, Behavioral Health Services
Provides parenting education to the community. Two differing curricula focuses on strengthening families by educating parents, adolescents, and children in a 12-week course. The program is offered at community sites throughout Orange County, in English and Spanish and provides child care. Parent Project focuses on challenging teenagers. Strengthening Families focuses  on children aged 7-17.
(714) 480-4678

Child Abuse Prevention Center
Free 10-week course for parents whose children are birth - 12 years of age. Free child care at some sites.
(855) 955-5900


Child Guidance Center (CGC)
PCIT (Parent-Child) Interaction Therapy). The child and parent are observed behind a one-way mirror. The parent is coached through an earpiece on how to handle challenging behaviors. For ages 2-10, provided in English and Spanish. Funded by Medi-Cal or CGC funding, if the family qualifies.
(714) 953-4455

Hotlines & online resources

Orange County Suicide Prevention/Crisis Line
Confidential 24-hour telephone counseling to individuals contemplating, threatening, or attempting suicide. 
(877) 7-CRISIS or (877-727-4747) 

The OC Warm Line
Non-crisis, caring support for anyone struggling with emotional/mental health challenges.
Call or Text: (714) 991-6412
Toll Free: (877) 910-WARM or (877-910-9276)

211 & OC Links Information & Referral Services
Free 24 hr information and referral line linking to thousands of local health and human service programs in the OC.
2-1-1 (855) OC-LINKS or (888-625-4657)

National Institute of Mental Health (NAMI)
Helpline and family resources and groups for those affected by mental illness.
1 (800) 950-NAMI or (800-950-6264) 

Teen Crisis Hotline
1 (800) 448-3000

24 Hour Sexual Assault Hotline
24/7, 7 days a week.
(714) 957-2737



Say Something
Anonymous Reporting System. A downloadable app, telephone hotline, and website that students can use to report a classmate who may be at risk of harming themselves or others.

Irvine Police Department 
(949) 724-7000

Centralized Assessment Team (CAT) 
Suicide assessment of children and referral linkage to families.
(866) 830-6011

Didi Hirsch
Crisis line, outreach and survivor support services for family members of a  person who committed suicide.
(714) 547-0885

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The Center OC
Individual, group, and family therapy to Orange County residents. 
Cost: Sliding scale fee
(714) 953-5428 x330

Trevor Project
Crisis and suicide intervention through chat and text.
(866) 488-7386 

Community Counseling & Supportive Services (CCSS)
Free individual, family counseling and support services.
(714) 645-8000 

Support meetings, education and advocacy.
(949) 424-3987


culturally centered services

Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA)
Individual counseling and wraparound support in-home. Also offers services in all Asian languages. Available to all; do not need to be Asian heritage to receive services.
(714) 636-9095 

Multi-Ethnic Collaborative of Community Agencies (MECCA)
Counseling services, education, and outreach to address mental health needs of low-income families.
Korean Community Services: (714) 527-6561
OMID (Farsi speaking): (949) 502-4721 

Catholic Charities of Orange County
Individual and group counseling to all.
Cost: $25-$50
(714) 347-9602 


Discussing Race, Racism & Discrimination 

Talking About Race
National Museum of African American History & Culture

Talking to Young Children about Race and Racism
PBS Kids for Parents

Talking to Kids about Discrimination
American Psychological Association

Talking to Kids about Racial Stereotypes – Tip Sheet
Media Smarts


Shelters & housing resources


Waymakers Teen Shelter
Short-term, crisis intervention to homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth in OC, Emergency shelter, 24 hour supervision, individual, group, and family counseling.
Tustin: (714) 714-0780
Laguna Beach: (949) 494-4311  
Huntington Beach: (949) 842-6600 

Casa Youth Shelter
Short-term and long-term placement programs to provide basic needs for youth and individual, group, and family counseling. 
1 (800) 914-CASA or (800-914-2272) 

Hope Harbor
Temporary housing and care for teen girls 12 - 17 who are runaways or at risk for homelessness because of volatile family situations. Need willingness and participation from both teen and parents. Need to call to initiate intake process to determine eligibility and suitability to program.
(714) 324-3850

Family Promise of Orange County
Emergency shelter for families.
(714) 787-3487


Families Forward
Help families achieve and maintain self-sufficiency through housing, food, counseling, education, and other support services to OC families. 
(949) 552-2727 

FOR Families
Information, referral services, and short-term support for anyone living or working in Irvine needing assistance with services and resources.
Cost: Free for Irvine residents: $25 for non-residents.
(949) 724-6650 

Orangewood Foundation Resource Center
Offers comprehensive supports (housing, job training, food, hygiene, and clothing items) for families experiencing homelessness.
(714) 619-0200

Project Hope Alliance
Education and support for homeless families.
(949) 722-7836 


IUSD'S Community Feeding Program
USD's Nutrition Services continues to provide meals for students enrolled in both IVA and on campuses for in-person instruction.
(949) 936-6520

Peace Center
Grocery assistance available by appointment or walk in.
(949) 609-8210

South County Outreach
Food pantry available by appointment only.
(949) 380-8144

Families Forward
Food pantry available by appointment only.
(949) 552-2727

Second Harvest Food Bank
Offers holiday grocery assistance.
(949) 653-2900

Mary's Kitchen
Free hot holiday meals to anyone in need.
(714) 633-0444

Mariners Church Irvine
Holiday events and assistance to families.
(949) 769-8100

Salvation Army
Holiday food vouchers and gifts to families with children.
(714) 384-0481

substance abuse resources


OC Revive
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment for teens aged 12-18.
(844) 954-3890

Twin Town Treatment Centers
Intensive outpatient services, coordination of care, family education and counseling, and relapse prevention.
(866) 594-8844 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Help Line
SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7/365 treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
1 (800) 662-HELP or (800-662-4357) 


Phoenix House 
Adolescent inpatient drug residential and mental health treatment facility. 
Cost: Sliding scale fee
(888) 671-9392


Alcoholics Anonymous 
Group meetings for individuals of different ages and genders battling alcohol related concerns.
(714) 556-4555  

Group meetings and resources for young people and adults of different ages and genders whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. 
(714) 748-1113  

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