Robin Kay, Ph.D.
Acting Director of Mental Health
County of Los Angeles - Department of Mental Health
Dr. Robin Kay is the Acting Director for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. Dr. Kay is a psychologist who received her master’s and doctoral degrees from Fordham University in New York.
Dr. Kay’s career has been dedicated to community mental health where she has had experience at all levels of service delivery and administration. She began her professional career at the Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center in Los Angeles, eventually becoming the Director of the Adult Outpatient and Prevention and Education programs in addition to serving as the mental health consultant to the Culver City Fire Department.
In 1995, Dr. Kay moved to the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH) where she served as the District Chief for the Westside of Los Angeles, collaborating with diverse stakeholders to develop systems of care for children, transition age youth, adults and older adults. Committed to addressing the needs of homeless adults, Dr. Kay served as the Chair of the Westside Shelter and Hunger Coalition. In addition, while working in Service Area 5, Dr. Kay developed and implemented the first comprehensive Los Angeles County Mental Health Urgent Care Center.
Prior to her appointment as Acting Director for DMH, Dr. Kay served for more than eight years as the Department’s Chief Deputy Director. In that role, Dr. Kay spearheaded DMH efforts in the areas of health reform and integrated care. She regularly lectures on community mental health, including presentations on crisis-oriented therapy and the funding of public mental health programs. She is grateful to have the opportunity to work in community mental health, promoting hope, wellness and recovery for the residents of Los Angeles County.