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Today, Bill Campbell, Orange County Supervisor, cut the ribbon, marking the opening of the new four-building mental health campus at 401 S. Tustin Street in Orange.
ORANGE COUNTY, CA (Catholic Online) - Approved by voters in 2004, Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act, imposes a 1 percent tax on incomes of $1 million or more to support the county mental health programs. The cost of the center was $37.2 million.
The campus houses 15 beds for people in crisis, a non-residential wellness center, an education center, and a training center. There are extras, that include a meditation room, a garden, and six apple trees for the clients to enjoy.
"I can't deal with a lot of noise," said Joy Torres, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.
Torres, 40, who has been a client of county mental health programs since 1988, was involved in a group that helped plan the center. She promoted the idea of a meditation room in order to give people a place to get away from noisy distractions.
Campbell, who was involved in envisioning the center and pushed through obstacles to get it built, said the center will "make a difference in the lives of Orange County clients struggling with mental illness."
The homeless, one important population of mental health clients, will benefit from the center's short-term beds, where they can get stabilized on necessary medication and obtain referrals to other residential programs.
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