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Mental Health Court Linkage Program


The Court Liaison Program (CLP) is a collaboration between the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH) and the Los Angeles County Superior Court.  It is staffed by a team of 14 mental health clinicians who are co-located at 20 courts countywide.  This recovery based program serves adults with a mental illness or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorder who are involved with the criminal justice system. The program is part of DMH’s system of supports and services offered throughout the criminal justice continuum from arrest to release. This program incorporates the “no wrong door” philosophy by offering the courtroom as an entry point for services.  The objectives of the program are to increase coordination and collaboration between the criminal justice and mental health systems, improve access to mental health services and supports, and enhance continuity of care. The CLP further aims to provide ongoing support to families and to educate the court and the community at large regarding the specific needs of these individuals. Participation is voluntary and available to those 18 and above.

Services include:

  • On-site courthouse outreach to defendants
  • Individual service needs assessments
  • Information to consumers and the Court of available treatment options
  • Development of alternative and post-release plans that take into account best fit treatment alternatives and Court stipulations
  • Linking of consumers to treatment programs and expedition of mental health referrals
  • Support and assistance to defendants and families in navigating the court system

Court Liaison Program staff coordinate and integrate services between the courts, Jail Mental Health and community based Service Area Navigators, with particular focus on balancing the needs of individuals and the expectations of the judicial system.  The CLP endorses a culture of collaboration within each courtroom where the CLP staff  are present, and the department core values of HOPE, WELLNESS & RECOVERY to the criminal justice system as a whole.


Court Voice Mail Court Liaison
Alhambra (562) 247-2529 Tonya Jewel
Airport (213) 273-6613 Cynthia Reston-Parham
Bellflower (562) 804-8219 Theresa Arredondo
Burbank (213) 304-6544 Sandra Bautista-Lechner
Clara Shortridge Foltz (CCB) TBD TBD
Compton (310) 603-8077 Amanda Garrick
Downey (909) 620-3246 Sandra Lepe
East LA (323) 780-2075 Sylvia Luna
El Monte (909) 620-3246 Sandra Lepe (on call)
Glendale (213) 304-6544 Sandra-Bautista-Lechner
Inglewood (310) 419-2102 Kendall Saddler

(661) 974-7408

Monica Jacobs
Long Beach

(562) 247-2529

Cinthya Alcaraz
Norwalk (626) 403-4370 Theresa Arredondo
Pasadena (626) 356-5374 Tonya Jewell
Pomona (909) 620-3246 Sanda Lepe
San Fernando (818) 898-2490 Ruben Vargas
Santa Clarita N/A Ruben Vargas
Torrance (310) 222-4067 Kendall Saddler
Van Nuys (818) 374-2349 Jennifer Miele
West Covina (626) 813-3490 Sylvia Luna


Helpful Links

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Superior Court of California – County of Los Angeles
Los Angeles County Public Defender
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

Mental Health Program/Services

Find the LA County Department of Mental Health services, programs and facilities serving your area.

Service Planning Area Map
Service Planning
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Related Information

Need assistance accessing an Adult Full Service Partnership Program Services? The following is a listing of Service Area (SA) Navigators who can assist you:

Service Area Navigator List

Adult Full Service Partnership:

For questions about final authorizations for enrollment in an Adult Full Service Partnership Program please contact:

Dennis Griffin
Mental Health Clinical Program Manager I
Phone: (213) 738 - 4620
Fax: (213) 427 - 6178

Field Capable Clinical Services (FCCS) Program:

For questions about Field Capable Clinical Services (FCCS) Program please contact:

Dennis Griffin
Mental Health Clinical Program Manager I
Phone: (213) 738 - 4620
Fax: (213) 427 - 6178

Adult Field Capable Clinical Services (FCCS) Guidelines

Wellness and Client-Run Centers

For questions about Wellness Centers and Client-Run Centers please contact:

Victoria Lee, PhD
Supervising Psychologist
Phone: (213) 738 - 2901
Fax: (213) 381 - 5497

Countywide Program Head:
Scott Hanada, LCSW
Clinical Program Head
Phone: (213) 738 - 6120
Fax: (213) 381 - 5497

Veteran's Mental Health Programs

Homeless Outreach Coordinator:
Chris Tower
Mental Health Services Coordinator
Phone: (213) 351-7208
Fax: (213) 381-5497

Countywide Program Head:
Carl McKnight, Psy. D.
Phone: (213) 351-2901
Fax: (213) 381-5497

Prevention and Early Intervention Services

Implementation & Suicide Prevention

Victoria Lee, PhD
Supervising Psychologist
Phone: (213) 738-2901
Fax: (213) 381 - 5497

Countywide Program Head:
Scott Hanada, LCSW
Clinical Program Head
Phone: (213) 738-6120
Fax: (213) 381 - 5497