DMH Programs Video Profiles

The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health provides services to children, youth, adults, and older adults of all ethnicities through directly operated programs in the County’s 8 Service Areas, ranging from the high desert of the Antelope Valley, to the crowded Downtown and Harbor areas to the diverse communities of South, West, and East LA, and the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys. All programs emphasize hope for clients struggling with these complex disorders through the provision of varied services supporting wellness and the vision of long-term recovery.

Service Area 4

Downtown LA
An estimated 4000 homeless people live in the shadows of the offices and great public buildings of downtown Los Angeles, in need of food, shelter, health care, and counseling.
 
Only a short distance away, Northeast Los Angeles is a thriving Hispanic neighborhood -- where many families find it hard to come to terms with the fact that a loved one may need mental health services.
 
Downtown Mental Health Center and Northeast Wellness Center work to meet the needs of their communities, above all, to give hope.
 
The Group 
 
When to the group I first came, 
My cross was heavy, my heart in pain 
Up the staircase step by step 
With no idea what to expect 
I walked in, I took a seat 
And one by one I heard you speak 
I found that you had problems too 
And as a group you worked them through 
And then came time for me to speak 
Though tears I shed I felt no shame 
Life will never be the same 
I’ve seen you grow
I’ve seen you blossom 
I’ve seen changes that are truly awesome 
And after all that we have been through 
I’m a better man for knowing you 
God Bless and thank you All 
 
Richard Don Lucas 
 
Richard Don Lucas has been writing poetry since he was 13.  He wrote this poem, “The Group,” after attending a dual diagnosis group at the Northeast Wellness Center.  He was a volunteer at Northeast for several years and received a Champion Advocate Award from LA County for his work.  Today he lives in Baldwin Park where he is raising his four grandchildren.