Welcome to OCPS
Welcome to the Orange County Psychiatric Society, which represents over 300 area psychiatrists devoted to quality patient care. As a district branch of the American Psychiatric Association, our nonprofit organization tirelessly advocates for our patients and profession at local, state, and federal levels. We invite you to peruse the variety of helpful resources and information found throughout our website.
What We Can Do For Psychiatrists: The Benefits of Membership
Members of OCPS are among the growing membership of 37,000 worldwide psychiatrists in the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The many benefits enjoyed by OCPS members include tireless advocacy for our patients and profession, access to the latest research and clinical studies, resources for practice management, opportunities for networking and professional development, resources for lifelong learning and Continuing Medical Education (CME), and discounts on several quality services. Read more about member benefits or contact OCPS to learn more about our organization, including events, activities, and joining our ranks.
Resources for the Public
What is mental illness? What is a psychiatrist? Who might need one? How do I find one? Find out the answers to these questions and more by visiting our Education and Resources menu. Using this menu you'll also be able to find information and links to Orange County mental health resources, and links to a variety of reputable organizations, several of which provide more information. In addition this menu offers lists of local hospitals and county services, telephone support, Maternal Mental Health Care Resources, and answers to some frequently-asked questions. Update: We have added a new page offering COVID-19 Resources.
988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
Call, text, or chat 988. (The former number 1-800-273-8255 still works.)
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Now, when people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary.
Crisis Prevention Hotline
1-877-7-CRISIS or 1-877-727-4747
Toll-free, 24-hour, immediate, and confidential over-the-phone suicide prevention services to anyone who is in crisis or experiencing suicidal thoughts. Operated by Los Angeles-based Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services.
OC Links & Referral Line
OC Links Info and Referral Line provides telephone and online support for anyone seeking information or linkage to any of the Health Care Agency's Behavioral Health Services. The goal of OC Links is to assist callers in the navigation of the County of Orange's Behavioral Health System. For more information, please see our OC Links page.
Warmline Network Services
1-877-910-WARM or 1-877-910-9276
Primarily phone-based non-crisis, supportive services to anyone, who is struggling with mental health issues and looking for a respectful, caring, and understanding person. Operated by NAMI-OC.
Can't Get to a Psychiatrist or Hospital? In Case of Emergency Call CAT
In some emergencies, immediate evaluation may be imperative but it may not be possible to bring the patient to a psychiatrist's office or a hospital. In these cases, the Centralized Assessment Team (CAT) can help. CAT is a program of Orange County Health Care Agency – Behavioral Health Services and is funded through the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). The team is available 24/7 and can provide emergency psychiatric evaluation services at locations such as private residences, police stations, health clinics, private doctors' or therapists' offices, and in the field. You can read more about CAT at this OC Health Care Agency web page. Their phone numbers are (866) 830-6011 or (714) 517-6353.
Partnership for Workplace Mental Health
The Partnership for Workplace Mental Health is a program of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation, a subsidiary of the American Psychiatric Association. The Partnership works with businesses to ensure that employees and their families living with mental illness, including substance use disorders, receive effective care. It does so in recognition that employers purchase healthcare for millions of American workers and their families. You are invited to subscribe to the free monthly Mental Health Works newletter. Learn more at www.workplacementalhealth.