Following a Disaster

Following a Disaster:

Per DMH´s Mission Statement, the Department responds to the community´s disaster service needs according to the following order of priority:

  • Care for emergency needs of employees, visitors and clients housed within each DMH facility, with emphasis on evacuation of the building
  • Provide emergency psychiatric intervention to persons in crisis who are dangerous to themselves or others.
  • Participate in legally mandated proceedings which must meet specified immediate statutory deadlines, such as judicial and administrative hearings, unless suspended by the court.
  • Provide clinical services to mental health consumers who are disaster victims
  • Provide crisis intervention services to persons not considered dangerous to themselves or others.
  • Provide and coordinate mental health services for general disaster victims
  • Provide routine. Ongoing mental health services to current, predisaster consumers.



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Related Information

Miriam Brown, LCSW
Deputy Director
Emergency Outreach Bureau
550 S. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 738-4924

Laura W. Relph,CEM®
Department Emergency Coordinator
550 S. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 738-3431

Sandra Stark Shields, LMFT
Sr. Disaster Services Analyst
550 S. Vermont Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 738-4919


For information on Emergency Services, please refer to Emergency Outreach Bureau-Field Response Operations