The Pacific Life Foundation provided a $2 million grant to Children’s Health of Orange County (CHOC) in California in support of its efforts to address the mental health challenges facing Orange County youth.

The funds will support CHOC’s mental health programs, including an intensive eight-week outpatient program that helps teens build coping skills as they manage through symptoms of severe anxiety and depression, and expansion of an eating disorder program to ensure long-term follow-up and expanded case management to patients after in-treatment care, particularly to those who cannot afford follow-up care. In addition, a portion of the grant will go toward CHOC’s critical infrastructure needs, including helping build out a new space in the Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department at CHOC’s hospital in Orange for mental health assessment and initial treatment.

In 2015, the Pacific Life Foundation helped provide initial funding to support the Cherese Mari Laulhere Mental Health Inpatient Center at CHOC, an 18-bed center exclusively dedicated to the treatment of children ages 3 to 17 with mental illness who are in immediate risk of hurting themselves or others. The center is the centerpiece of CHOC’s mental health system of care.

The Pacific Life Foundation was established in 1984. Together with Pacific Life, the Foundation has contributed $133 million to community and national nonprofit organizations. Grants are made to organizations that address a broad spectrum of social needs. For more than 150 years, Pacific Life has helped millions of individuals and families with their financial needs through a wide range of life insurance products, annuities, and mutual funds, and offers a variety of investment products and services to individuals, businesses, and pension plans.

This was reported by Pacific Life Foundation on April 6, 2022 at (accessed April 22, 2022).

Contact information: Jesse Page, Communications, Pacific Life Foundation, 700 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, California 92660-6307; 949-219-4575; Email:; Website:

Contact information: Children’s Health of Orange County, 1201 West La Veta Avenue, Orange, California 92868-3874; 714-509-3200; Website:

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