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Get Involved! Join the 2022 Homeless Count

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The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), which coordinates housing and supportive services for individuals experiencing homelessness, will be conducting its 2022 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count from February 22 to 24, 2022. LAHSA is currently seeking volunteers to help with this year’s count throughout Los Angeles County.

“The Homeless Count is an essential tool in giving us a point-in-time snapshot of homelessness. Data from the Count is used to inform the delivery of services and programs for people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles,” said LAHSA Executive Director Heidi Marston.

To protect the health and safety of volunteers, unhoused individuals, and staff during the count, LAHSA has implemented the following changes to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission, including:

  • Moving most deployment sites will be outdoors— at many sites, volunteers will not leave their cars to pick up their count packets
  • Moving training sessions online to minimize the time volunteers spend at the deployment sites
  • Including COVID safety instructions as part of the mandatory training
  • Requiring all volunteers to wear masks, and making personal protective equipment accessible to all participants
  • Encouraging all volunteers to be vaccinated

For more information on the 2022 Homeless Count and to sign up, visit https://theycountwillyou.org.

Join Us for L.A. County Youth Commission’s “Centering Voices in Mental Health” on Feb. 10

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LACDMH, in partnership with the L.A. County Board of Supervisors and Youth Commission, will be holding a virtual meeting on Feb. 10, to discuss and highlight the mental health needs of L.A. County youth and gather community input and feedback, with a special focus on youth lived experiences and voices and how they can be used to build or improve wellbeing programs throughout the County.

Speakers at this event include L.A. County Youth Commissioners, experts from the DMH+UCLA Public Partnership for Wellbeing, and community mental health advocates.

“Young people in LA County are resilient and strong. By seeking their feedback for improving mental health and wellbeing services across the County, we can help youth-serving organizations meet their needs and prevent future mental health crises,” said Youth Commissioner La’Toya Cooper, who represents the Second District.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Youth Commission which is positioned to help amplify the voices of young people who have never had a proper platform for providing input to county systems,” said Dr. Jonathan Sherin, director of LACDMH. “It is our belief that the Youth Commission will inspire new and more effective models of mental health care for young people in L.A. County.”

The meeting will take place on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., on Zoom. If you would like to submit a question to the speakers, please do so on the Youth Commission’s Instagram page by Feb. 4.

Meet HOME Team Member Bobby Higareda

by H. Chung So, Public Information Officer
LACDMH HOME Community Health Worker Bobby Higareda
Adalberto “Bobby” Higareda, Jr., is a community health worker with LACDMH’s Homeless Outreach and Mobile Engagement (HOME) Program. In this Q&A, you will learn more about his work, why he joined the HOME team, and insights from his experience working with individuals experiencing homelessness and serious mental illness.

How long have you been with LACDMH and the HOME Program?
I have been with this Department and the HOME Team for about three years, and this was my first job with L.A. County.

What led you to pursue this role with the HOME team?
Prior to joining HOME, I have worked in a similar capacity providing services to people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Most recently, this was at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where I worked at the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine. There I was helping youths, including those experiencing or at risk of homelessness, get connected to services and educating them about resources and benefits they are eligible for. And that’s the type of work I do now but just with a different and broader group of people who also need help and support.

What is your day-to-day work like?
It’s very interesting because you might have something planned but might wound up doing something totally different because of how quickly client needs and situations change. read more…

Program Highlight: Homeless Outreach and Mobile Engagement (HOME) Team

by H. Chung So, Public Information OfficerHOME Team member connecting client to Project Roomkey

Estimates show that approximately 26% of people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County have a diagnosed mental illness. With the largest population of unsheltered homeless people in the country located in our communities, LACDMH plays a pivotal role in assisting the most vulnerable unhoused individuals, and is making strides with our Homeless Outreach and Mobile Engagement (HOME) program. LACDMH HOME program was established to help people experiencing homelessness and persistent mental illness and support their journey to wellbeing, recovery, and connection with their communities.

The multidisciplinary group includes community health workers, registered nurses, psychiatrists, medical case workers, psychiatric technicians, and other clinical and administrative professionals who do “relentless outreach” to engage and help clients.

In 2021, HOME has helped over 2,100 clients and provided over 19,000 client-days of community outreach, mental health and medication support, crisis intervention, and targeted case management services.

“Our teams are out there day after day to help our hardest to reach individuals, including many who don’t think they need help,” said Aubree Lovelace, MFT, HOME program manager. read more…

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