Clinical Institute for Mental Health and Wellness

Support the Clinical Institute for Mental Health and Wellness

Our vision is to serve as a beacon of mental health care, promoting well-being and restoring hope, for all people in the communities we serve.

Along with our St. Joseph Hoag Health partners, Mission Hospital is creating the Clinical Institute for Mental Health and Wellness. With philanthropic support from our community, Mission Hospital is expanding our Mental Health and Wellness programs and services. One element of our comprehensive enhancement plan is to create a dual-diagnosis mental health unit.

This highly specialized unit will care for patients who require hospital care for psychiatric and substance use issues, and will also provide support to their families. Dual-diagnosis recovery blends the most successful aspects of mental health care and substance abuse treatments. This will be the only dual-diagnosis unit in Orange County, and one of the few across the state and country. This innovative program truly represents Mission Hospital’s commitment to the highest level of advanced, compassionate care.

By the Numbers:

  • 1 in 5 adults in America experience a mental illness while nearly 1 in 25 (10 million) adults in America live with a serious mental illness.
  • 60% of adults with a mental illness didn’t receive mental health services in the previous year.
  • While some of this comes from the stigma still attached to mental illness, much of the reason is the lack of available services.
  • 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24.
  • More than 70% of adolescents (ages 12-17) with diagnosable disorders do not receive mental health services.

Patient Story:

Mark has a history of depression, anxiety and alcohol abuse. This combination of mental health problems and substance abuse is known as dual-diagnosis. As Mark’s problems worsened, his life slowly spun out of control. He nearly lost everything, including what is most precious to him – his wife and child.

Feeling lost and alone, Mark didn’t know how to get his life back on track. Mission Hospital’s Mental Health and Wellness program gave Mark hope. With help within reach, Mark decided to get sober so he could repair his relationship with his wife and child. “At first, though I chose to be there, I was pretty resistant to the program. I quickly realized that my nurses and doctors at Mission Hospital truly cared about me and wanted to help. I never felt like a patient when I was in their care. I trusted the people and the process, and gave it a chance,” says Mark.

During the 28-day detox program, Mark was also diagnosed with PTSD and bipolar disorder. After successfully completing the detox program, Mark opted for additional treatment through Mission Hospital’s outpatient dual-diagnosis program. Mark was determined to be better for himself, as well as those he had hurt in the past. Inspired by his care team and the other patients who found tremendous success in the program, Mark did exceptionally well. Not only did he thrive in the program, he surfaced as a leader. Mark, a 28-year-old retired Marine, began to help others with their own battles as an inpatient treatment program team leader.

His commitment to sobriety and involvement in the program continues to this day. Mark is now a unit leader, helping others who are new to the program get comfortable. He teaches them about what to expect and offers them a powerful treatment of his own – a friend during a trying time. With support and help from Mission’s care team, Mark has even begun to mend and repair his relationships with his loved ones – and he has maintained his sobriety through it all.

Philanthropic Needs:

In order to fulfill our vision and truly meet the critical mental health and wellness needs of our community, we need your support. Your generous gift will help to comfort and heal so many patients and their families during times of enormous struggle. Below are the areas of greatest need:


  • Dual-diagnosis Unit Build Out
    • $7,500,000
  • Patient Rooms in the Dual-Diagnosis Unit
    • $50,000 per room (16 needed)
  • Multi-purpose Room (Exercise/Recreation)
    • $35,000 per room (2 needed)
  • ​Meditation Room
    • $25,000
  • Exam/Consultation Room
    • $7,500 per room (2 needed)


  • Endowed Chairs - to help bring the best mental health physicians to south Orange County providing medical leadership, program development and research opportunities.
    • $2,000,000-$3,000,000 per chair
  • Additional Therapists
    • $300,000 per therapist
  • One Year of Therapy for uninsured/underinsured patients.
    • $150,000 per patient
  • Six Months of Therapy for up to 10 uninsured or underinsured patients
    • $150,000
  • Three Months of Therapy for up to 10 uninsured or underinsured patients
    • $50,000

Support the Clinical Institute for Mental Health and Wellness

Your support of the Mission Hospital Clinical Institute for Mental Health and Wellness is a critical factor in our ability to provide much needed programs and services in our community.

For more information on the Mental Health and Wellness Institute, please contact Jim Frey, Director, Gift and Estate Planning at or (949) 364-4848.