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Be Well Orange

March 31, 2021 @ 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm PDT

$10.00 – $20.00


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Creating a Coordinated Ecosystem to Support Mental Health: Be Well Orange Campus

AIALA Committee: Healthcare
(In conjunction with the AIAOC Healthcare Committee)

This is a virtual event. Zoom information will be emailed directly to registrants 24 hours before each event.

CES Learning Units: 1 LU/HSW

Mind OC, Cal Optima, Hoag, Orange County Health Care Agency, Kaiser, Providence, Memorial Care, UCI, Idea Hall, Boulder Associates Architects, AIAOC Healthcare Committee

With the completion of their first mental health and wellness campus, Be Well aims to bring together a robust, community-based, cross-sector strategy – public, private, academic, faith, & others to create a coordinated ecosystem to support optimal mental health. This facility serves as the first of three Be Well campuses planned for Orange County, California. Located in the City of Orange, the three-story, 60,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art Campus will provide best-in-class mental health and substance use treatment to all Orange County residents. The Campus features mental health crisis stabilization services and Orange County’s first sobering/recovery station. Residential treatment programs are also available, along with integrated support for both the client and their family. The campus has 93 beds and the capacity to treat about 100 people each day. The Owner and Architect will discuss how partnerships were coordinated to develop a design that responded to the specific integrated care model set forth by Mind OC and its partners, and how lessons from the initial campus development will be carried forward to streamline future site design and program implementation.


Dr. Lauren Brand, PsyD
PsyD | Director of Operations, Be Well OC
Dr. Lauren Brand is a clinical psychologist specialized in treating mental health disorders, as well as directing business operations. She holds a Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology and has extensive experience working in the public and private sectors, developing and leading programs that provide mental healthcare, social services, and addictions treatment.  Dr. Brand has over 20 years of experience and currently holds the position of Director of Operations for Be Well OC.


Darci Hernandez, AIA, LEED BD+C
Principal | SoCal Regional Director, Boulder Associates Architects
Darci brings more than 18 years of healthcare design experience, partnered with passion and leadership. She is committed to creating spaces that challenge the status quo of healthcare delivery, looking for operational and process improvements that better patient, client, and staff experience. Personal exposure has taught her to value the need for improved access and integrated mental health services.


Learning Objectives:

+ Learn how public and private partnerships are shaping and transforming behavioral health systems and the approach to mental health.
+ Understand the design implications and processes to support and blend the programs varying levels of acuity and care staff engagement.
+ Recognize the design approach to accommodate client safety without sacrificing comfort and access.
+ Optimize learning and planning between organizations to build on previous project successes.


March 31, 2021
4:45 pm - 6:00 pm PDT
$10.00 – $20.00
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AIA|LA Architecture in Healthcare Committee