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The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH), with a budget of approaching $3 billion, is the largest county-run mental health department in the United States, directly operating programs in more than 85 sites, and providing mental health services at additional sites co-located with other County departments, schools, courts and various organizations. Additionally, LACDMH contracts with approximately 1,000 organizations and individual practitioners to provide a variety of mental health-related services. On average, more than 250,000 County residents of all ages are served annually by LACDMH’s network of service providers.
Mission: Our mission is to optimize the hope, wellbeing and life trajectory of Los Angeles County’s most vulnerable through access to care and resources that promote not only independence and personal recovery but also connectedness and community reintegration.
Jonathan E. Sherin, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of Mental Health
Gregory C. Polk, M.P.A.
Chief Deputy Director
Curley L. Bonds, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Lisa H. Wong, Psy.D.
Senior Deputy Director
Below is a selection of recent LACDMH press releases, additional releases are accessible here.
- 07/29/2021 – New Antelope Valley 24/7 Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center Will Serve County Residents Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis
- 04/20/2021 – LACDMH Hoss WE RISE 2021 to Celebrate Creativity and Resilience, Support Recovery (Press Release in Spanish)
- 10/26/2020 – LA County and City Officials Reveal Joint Crisis Response System for Mental Health Alternatives to Law Enforcement
- 05/01/2020 – LA County Department of Mental Health Hosts ‘We Rise 2020: Virtual May’ to Strengthen Mental Health and Support COVID-19 Recovery
- 04/28/2020 – LACDMH and Headspace Partner for Wellbeing: Free Meditation and Mindfulness Content for LA County Residents
- 03/26/2020 – LA County emphasizes importance of mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic, provides resources and support
- 09/27/2019 – LACDMH Announces Partnership with Dodgers for Mental Health Awareness
LACDMH Fact Sheets
- Increasing Our Spending to Expand Reach: Broadening Access to Services for Those in Need
- The HOME Program: Re-Entry Services for the Most Vulnerable Homeless
- Therapeutic Transport Project: Expanding Our Real-Time Response to Mental Health Crises
- Redesigning the Full Service Partnership (FSP) Program: Improving Outpatient Mental Health Care
- School-Based Community Access Platforms: A Prototype Prevention Service
- Incubation Academy: Transforming LA Through Partnership
- Psychiatric Mobile Response Teams (PMRT)
- Law Enforcement Teams
- Community Ambassador Network (CAN)
- LACDMH Public Private Partnerships
- School Threat Assessment Response Team (START)
Additional LACDMH priorities are also accessible on our Strategic Plan site.
LACDMH’s collection of videos (including PSAs, webinars and interviews) are available on our YouTube channel. See below for a selection of recent videos from our collection.
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About The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH)
As the nation’s largest public mental health department, we ensure access to care and treatment for our most vulnerable residents in a region with more than 10 million people. With an annual budget approaching $3B and a committed staff of 6,000, LACDMH embodies a “heart-forward” approach to supporting hope, recovery and wellbeing across the County. For more information on LACDMH, visit dmh.lacounty.gov or follow @LACDMH on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.