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31872 Coast Hwy, 2nd Floor, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Behavioral Health

Mission Hospital Laguna Beach

2258.8 miles away
949-499-7500
Open 24 hours, seven days a week
Man on beach arms raised

Behavioral Health

Mission Hospital Laguna Beach

Open 24 hours, seven days a week

The Mission Hospital Laguna Beach Mental Health and Wellness Institute offers both inpatient and outpatient treatment programs that are designed with the comfort, safety and dignity of our patients in mind.

We provide outstanding psychiatric and psychological treatment in a beautiful, relaxing environment just steps away from the beach. Research-based treatment from caring, licensed professionals is provided in a group setting with individual follow-up to ensure treatment goals are met.

Conditions treated include - but are not limited to - mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar, perinatal mood disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders.

Whether patients are participating in our inpatient or outpatient program, our goal is to help restore them to their highest possible level of functioning in a supportive, caring environment. The treatment team develops a personalized treatment plan for every patient based on his or her specific needs.

Treatment plans consist of activities and plans designed to provide patients with the coping skills they need to succeed once discharged, and our beautiful, serene setting fosters an environment of healing and wellness.

Treatment plans can consist of:

  • Crisis intervention
  • Short-term hospitalization
  • Early medication management and intervention
  • Mental health stabilization
  • Evidence-based group therapy
  • Weekly family education groups
  • Discharge planning support

Our highly-specialized team of clinicians offers comprehensive treatment for a variety of mental health conditions and is here to serve our patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our team includes:

  • Board-certified psychiatrists
  • Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners
  • Forensic psychologists
  • Licensed therapists
  • Social workers
  • Occupational therapists

It is our pleasure to support your treatment needs.

Our approach

Inpatient services are offered to those patients who require specialized care and need the opportunity to heal and learn to cope away from the stress of everyday life. Patients receiving caring and compassionate individualized treatment, where treatment goals are regularly evaluated and adjusted to meet his or her needs. Our services utilize a recovery model and patient-centered approach and our clinical interventions are rooted in evidenced-based best practices and most recent research outcomes.

Our program

A typical day in our inpatient program is structured and includes a full day of therapy, consisting of six to eight hours of group therapy treatment and additional one-one-one therapy. Topics include cognitive-behavioral and dialectic-behavioral therapy techniques, coping skill development, mental health education, meditation, anger management, grief and loss and occupational/life skills therapy.

Our program embodies Mission Hospital’s commitment to treating each patient in mind, body and spirit. In addition to traditional treatment, we offer alternative, holistic program components including yoga, Zumba, acupuncture and spiritual care to promote healing on a mental, physical and spiritual level.

We know that when a loved one is receiving treatment, family members can also be in need of support. Families are encouraged to participate in our family education groups, which provide the opportunity to communicate, have questions answered and work through challenges with the help and guidance of a therapist.

Each patient is assigned a case manager who oversees treatment from beginning to end and ensures patients have the resources they need throughout their stay and after discharge.

We accept most insurance plans and encourage anyone in need of help to contact us to learn more.

Frequently asked questions

  • What are the reasons for inpatient treatment?

    Each patient is unique and there are a variety of factors to be taken into account when considering an acute mental health setting. However, there are some reasons that more commonly lead to inpatient psychiatric treatment:

    • Expressing suicidal thoughts or behaviors
    • Threatening or attempting to harm others
    • Being unable to care for oneself due to the severity of mental illness
    • Having psychosis and either not being aware of it or not cooperating with treatment
    • Worsening mental illness despite treatment
    • Needing treatments that are only available or more easily accessible in a hospital setting

    Many patients enter the inpatient psych unit voluntarily as a first step in evaluating and adjusting treatments for their mental health issues. In some cases, patients enter through an involuntary hold due the concern they will harm themselves or others.

  • What should I bring?

    When you arrive to be admitted, you will need the following documentation:

    • Driver’s License or other ID Card
    • Insurance card(s)
    • Living Will/Advanced Directive/Power of Attorney (if applicable)
    • Names and telephone numbers of physicians and therapists
    • A list of your prescribed medications (include dosage, how it is prescribed and the prescribing physician)

    In addition, you may bring:

    • All current medications, including all addictive substances
    • 4-5 changes of comfortable clothing (a washer and dryer are on premises)
    • Comfortable shoes
    • Pajamas, robe and slippers
    • Lightweight jacket
    • Hats and sunglasses for outdoor activities
    • Toiletries (except those containing alcohol)
    • Cigarettes or vaping products (no cloves, cigars or chewing tobacco are allowed; we support nicotine cessation and will provide nicotine gum on request)
    • Telephone calling card for long distance calls
    • Eyeglasses and contact lenses (with cleaning supplies), as needed
    • Electrical items (hair dryer, electric shaver, etc.) must be approved for safety by the Facilities department No more than $25 in cash
    • Small family photos, comforters, pillows, or other special items

    When choosing clothing, make sure to select something comfortable enough for activities like yoga, stretching exercises and walks. Don’t bring anything that’s tight, revealing or suggestive. Also, steer clear of anything that depicts alcohol, drugs, violence or sex.

  • Are there items I should not bring?
    • Your cell phone/smart phone
    • Any other electronic media or communication device (including laptops, tablets, smart watches, music players, cameras, televisions, radios and musical instruments)
    • Books and magazines that are not recovery-related
  • What is a 72 hour hold?

    California law allows for people to be placed involuntarily into the care of an inpatient psychiatric unit, like the one at Mission Hospital, when there is cause to believe they are a danger to themselves or others or gravely disabled. Being placed on “involuntary hold” for mental health assessment is usually the result of an event involving paramedics (such as an overdose or suicide attempt) or the police (for example, an assault charge).

    It is sometimes called a “72-hour hold” because the law allows patients to be held involuntarily for assessment and evaluation for up to 72 hours. If the team caring for the patient establishes a need for additional care, the patient can receive additional treatment.

    Get the facts on involuntary holds in California and patient rights

Outpatient programs provide structured, extended mental health treatments without the need for an inpatient stay. Mental health challenges can alternate between periods of control and crisis. This is true whether you are dealing with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress or a combination of one or more of these conditions. If the crisis is life-threatening, then inpatient care may be needed. Outpatient programs are another option for patients in crisis who are not at risk to harming themselves or others.

Outpatient services

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy techniques
  • Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy skills group
  • Developing coping skills
  • Self-esteem enhancement
  • Managing grief and loss
  • Complimentary treatment, such as education by nurses and pharmacists, is included to support mental health and wellness

The Mental Health and Wellness Clinical Institute in Laguna Beach offers two outpatient mental health programs that provide structured mental health treatments without the need for an inpatient stay.

Partial hospitalization program

A Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is one where patients spend the bulk of the day in a treatment setting, but continue to live at home or in another independent setting. At Mission Hospital, our Mental Health PHP has patients in treatment from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Patients attend six different group therapy sessions that are led by licensed clinical social workers and marriage/family therapists.

Intensive outpatient program

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a daily program in which patients attend three group sessions. It can be entered directly or as a transitional step after completing the PHP or inpatient programs. The Mission Hospital Mental Health IOP has two time options daily:

  • 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Conditions treated

We offer treatment for a variety of mental health challenges including depression, PTSD and psychosis. Specialty tracks are provided for treatment in these areas:

  • Anxiety
  • Dual diagnosis – this is when a patient is experiencing both a mental health challenge and a substance use condition
  • Bipolar

Mission Hospital’s Maternal Mental Health and Wellness Intensive Outpatient Program offers evidence-based group therapy for pregnant and postpartum moms. We provide specialized treatment for maternal mental health disorders, also known as, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

These are many disorders that can occur anytime during pregnancy and last up to one year following birth. Our program is tailored to help moms improve their ability to cope and function in their daily life, including caring for themselves, their baby and their family. We offer a wide variety of therapeutic treatment modalities including:

  • Group therapy and individual treatment
  • Ongoing psychiatric evaluation, follow-up and medication management
  • Weekly family group
  • Intensive outpatient level of care, which includes three psychotherapy groups a day from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday

We provide a nurturing and nonjudgmental environment for mothers and their babies to bond and develop skills to promote their mental health wellness.

As part of the baby bonding experience between mother and baby, we encourage and welcome bringing your newborn or infant with you.

Psychiatric and emotional illnesses are very similar to medical and surgical conditions. They can be chronic or acute, but no matter your symptoms, we’re here to help. If you are considering Mental Health and Wellness services for yourself or for a loved one, please consult our qualified medical staff today by calling:

An individualized courtesy benefit verification will be completed on your behalf. We are contracted with most insurance plans.