OC Spends a Third of Mental Health Outreach Money on Sports Teams: Is It Working?

A bulk of Orange County’s funds intended for mental health awareness and outreach is going to two professional sports teams, yet it’s unclear what the multimillion dollar contracts have produced.

In the last five months, OC Supervisors have signed contracts that brought the total spent on the Anaheim Ducks’ and Los Angeles Angels’ sports advertising campaigns to just under $14.5 million.

Those contracts are set up to highlight the OC Health Care Agency’s mental health programs offered to residents struggling with mental illness and to raise awareness on the issue according to Dr. Veronica Kelley, the agency’s chief of Mental Health and Recovery Services.

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