On October 16, Orange County’s second Be Well OC mental and behavioral health service park broke ground in Irvine and is expected to be launched in 2025. The new campus will provide state-of-the- art clinical services for mental health and substance abuse (including addiction) treatment to children, youth, adults and families in Orange County.
Be Well OC’s Irvine campus occupies 22 acres (approximately 8.9 hectares) on a site that was originally part of the Marine Corps’ El Toro Air Station, which opened in 1942. After the air station closed in 1999, the Army transferred the property to Orange County under the Closure Adjustment Act at the time, and most of the area was converted into the Orange County Great Park.
The design of the new Irvine campus focuses on low density, modernity, simplicity and warmth. It will seamlessly connect and integrate indoor areas with extensive outdoor gathering areas, gardens and event spaces to promote community participation and people’s participation. Garden landscaping, walking paths, open lawns, gathering and seating areas will help people gain a sense of peace and belonging, happiness, dignity and hope.