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 7

East LA
Two programs that serve special populations in Service Area 7, an ethnically and socieconomically diverse area, are highlighted:
 
The American Indian Counseling Center in Cerritos offers services grounded in cultural awareness and spirituality to 400-500 Native Americans living in LA County.
 
To Walk the Red Road
-- by an Unknown American Indian Poet
 
To Walk the Red Road,
you have less fear of being wrong,
because you know that life is a journey,
a continuous circle, a sacred hoop.
 
Mistakes will be made,
and mistakes can be corrected -
if you will be humble,
for if you cannot be humble,
you will never know
when you have made a mistake.
 
~
If you walk the Red Road,
you know that every sorrow
leads to a better understanding,
every horror cannot be explained,
but can offer growth.