Specializing in Mental Health

World-class residential mental health facility in California 


Mental health is widely stigmatized and misunderstood, which can make accurate diagnosis and quality care inaccessible for many. At Alter Behavioral Health, our mission is to make excellent mental health care accessible to adults in need throughout Orange County.  We are a residential behavior health treatment program that specializes in treating primary mental health and co-occurring disorders and specialize in offering autism-informed care.

In all cases, we apply a modern understanding of mental health that emphasizes treating the condition as well as the person.

Support for Broad Array of Conditions

If you know or suspect you might be suffering from a primary mental health disorder, you are in the right place. The Alter Behavioral Health team provides care for the following major disorders, as well as others:

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Disrupted Sleep
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Personality Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Suicide Ideation


Accurate diagnosis is where treatment starts and is often the most crucial point of treatment. Human error and faulty, outdated knowledge have led both the average person and professionals awry. For instance, gendered stereotypes may contribute to a woman with autism being misdiagnosed with borderline personality disorder.

At Alter Behavioral Health, every diagnosis is made or confirmed based on the latest discoveries in mental health science. Likewise, our evidence-based treatment combines medication with psychotherapy and other modalities as needed to provide a full recovery.



Novel Approach to Autism Support

At a rudimentary level, people diagnosed with an autism spectrum condition experience the world differently in a variety of ways. Autism can be widely divergent from one person to the next. Some people are verbal while others aren’t, some have comorbid learning disabilities while many don’t. In our work to support people with autism-spectrum conditions across Orange County, understanding this means individuality is our starting point. Every person diagnosed with autism has their own unique needs that we strive to understand and support.

Acknowledging that people diagnosed with autism are unique in their struggles, there are nevertheless some commonalities. For example, difficulty with executive functioning, socializing, and heightened sensitivity to light and sound are common and can contribute to difficulty working, lack of access to community resources, and poorer quality of life.

Given that an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis is life-long and impacts multiple domains, Alter Behavioral Health takes an approach to treatment that prioritizes treating the whole person.

In addition to focusing on coping mechanisms and effective self-management, we also emphasize the importance of psychoeducation and community. By using specialized digital apps and directing people toward autism-inclusive social spaces, we aim to give people with autism an entirely improved quality of life.

Compassionate Care Professionals

Alter Behavioral Health is all about making people feel that they are welcome and in very good hands. From the receptionist to the primary care professionals, our team is empathetic and understanding of the unique needs that come with neurodivergency. From start to finish, we will make sure every person that steps through our door seeking treatment feels welcome and at home.

Take a Tour of Our Facility

A tour of the facility is the perfect way to see the degree of effort that goes into ensuring that people are comfortable, cared for, and happy.

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