Human Subjects Research Committee (HSRC)

The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health’s (LACDMH) Human Subjects Research Committee, known simply as “HSRC,” is responsible for reviewing and approving all research activities involving staff, clients or data related to Directly-Operated programs and legal entity contracted providers. The HSRC is comprised of eight members consisting of representatives of the various disciplines such as psychiatry, psychology, and peer services as well as LACDMH divisions including Patient’s Rights, Compliance, and Information Security.

HSRC is not a federally registered Institutional Review Board or IRB. Instead, the HSRC provides an extra level of human subject protection with respect to LACDMH clients while ensuring that all research is conducted in accordance with the standards and policies of LACDMH, specifically policies 1400.01 (Mental Health Research Review) and 500.05 (Use and Disclosure of Protected Health Information for Research).

The LACDMH HSRC can be reached via email at or telephone at (213) 639-6348.

HSRC Members:
Victoria Lee, Ph.D. (Chair)
Christopher Benitez, M.D. (DMH Psychiatry)
Ginger Fong, L.C.S.W. (HIPAA Privacy Officer)
Vahe Haratounian (Information Security Officer)
Martin Hernandez, L.C.S.W. (Patient’s Rights)
Keris Myrick, M.P.H., M.A. (Chief of Peer Services)
Jorge Partida Del Toro, Psy.D. (Chief of Psychology)
Luann Sanderson, D.N.P. (Chief of Nursing)

Contact Us:
LACDMH Human Subject Research Committee
c/o Krystal Wilson
550 S. Vermont Ave., 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 639-6348