For Life Threatening Emergencies or for Crisis Care needs 24/7:
Call (949) 824-6457 and select Option # 2. You will be transferred to a crisis support line
Crisis Text Line
Text “Home” to 741741
Call National Suicide Prevention Line at
Call UCI Campus Police at
Go to your nearest Emergency Room
Kaiser or Medi-Cal
Off-Campus Referrals for Kaiser or Medi-Cal
In Orange County, dial 714-644-6480, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm to request a therapy and/or psychiatry appointment. They will complete a brief phone screening and assign you a telephone appointment time.
For urgent matters, you can call Kaiser’s 24/7 Crisis Line at (800) 900-3277.
If your Medi-Cal plan is registered in Orange County, it is operated by CalOptima.
- CONTACT CAL OPTIMA: For mental health referrals, you can call CalOptima’s screening hotline at (855)-877-3885.
They will complete a brief phone screening and provide you with at least three referrals
for local therapists.
- CONTACT THERAPISTS DIRECTLY:
Be prepared to make calls and leave voicemail messages for several providers.
The following is a phone script you can use as a guide when you contact a therapist:
Hi, my name is _______.
I would like to start therapy with you to work on ______.
I am a university student and have Medi-Cal insurance.
I am available ______. (Days/Times of day)
My phone number is _______ [repeat your phone number twice] and I will be
awaiting your call back.
We suggest you give providers 2-3 business days to call you back.
When the therapists call you back, you want to verify:
- They currently accept Medi-Cal insurance.
- If they are providing teletherapy and/or in person services at this time.
- Their schedule and availability.
- You can schedule directly with the therapist or let them know you’ll call them back if you’re unsure.
If you do not hear back:
- Try calling a second time
- Try email (please note email is less secure as far as confidentiality is concerned)
- Move on to other providers.
***Please make sure your voicemail box is setup and you’re able to retrieve messages.***
- AT YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT: Expect there to be some intake paperwork (please note that the therapist may send this to you ahead of time).
Things to Remember:
- If you have Medi-Cal or Kaiser based in a County other than Orange County, or you have further questions about the referral process, you are encouraged to contact the Counseling Center main line (949-824-6457) and request a Referral and Resource Support Appointment with one of the Clinical Social Workers.
- Email communication is not confidential. Making a phone call is a better way to protect your confidentiality.
- For urgent matters please call the Counseling Center at (949) 824-6457, and if it’s after hours or on weekends, press option 2 to reach the after-hours crisis line.
For emergencies, call 911 or the UCI Campus Police at (949) 824-5223.
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