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LA County Dept of Mental Health Director on homelessness, schools, jails and more

Jonathan Sherin, M.D., Ph.D., director of Department of Mental Health Los Angeles County, gazes outward in Los Angeles in this February 16 file photo.
Ed Crisostomo
Jonathan Sherin, M.D., Ph.D., director of Department of Mental Health Los Angeles County, gazes outward in Los Angeles in this February 16 file photo.

Dr. Jonathan Sherin leads the largest Mental Health department in the nation and its challenges are deep and wide-ranging.

Dr. Jonathan Sherin leads the largest Mental Health department in the nation and its challenges are deep and wide-ranging.

Today, he joins AirTalk to discuss what an ideal mental health care system would look like and what steps the L.A. County Department of Mental Health is taking to get closer to its goals. Other topics include:

  • Mental health challenges related to homelessness in Los Angeles, including the plan to convert a mental health facility in Canoga Park into transitional housing for the homeless and the Mental Health Department’s visits to a homeless encampment in Whittier

  • The closure of “board-and-care” homes

  • The plan to replace the Men’s Central Jail in Downtown with a mental health hospital for inmates

  • The department’s role in the newly signed AB 1810, which gives some criminal defendants the option to undergo a mental health program instead of jail time

  • What plans the Department has for expanding medication-assisted treatment for people with opioid use disorders

  • Los Angeles County is asking the Governor to pursue a federal waiver that would allow Medicaid funds to be used for mental health related hospital stays

  • According to a recent study, depression and other mental health issues are on the rise in teens and young adults

  • During the LAUSD teachers’ strike, L.A. County Supervisors pledged more funding for schools, including $10 million from the Department of Mental Health for mental wellness and care

  • The Department is offering Woolsey Fire survivors free or low cost services 


​Have a question for Dr. Sherin? Call us at 866-893-5722.

Guest:

Jonathan Sherin, M.D., director of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health; he tweets

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