The UCLA Semel Institute Center for Health Services and Society strengthens resiliency and mental health in partnership with communities. The Center houses UCLA clinical faculty that includes adult psychiatrists and psychologists, child and geriatric psychiatry specialists, and staff, including doctoral level social scientists, master’s level statisticians, and research and administrative staff. Their mission is to strengthen resiliency and improve the mental health of local and national diverse populations through rigorous research, effective programs, and partnering with consumers, children and their families, community-based and policy agencies.
The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH), with a budget of approximately $2.4 billion, is the largest county-operated mental health department in the United States, directly operating programs in more than 85 sites, and providing services through contract programs and LACDMH staff at approximately 300 sites co-located with other County departments, schools, courts and various organizations. Each year, the County contracts with close to 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 every year.
The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA has in a little more than 60 years grown to become an internationally recognized leader in medical education, research, patient care and public service. It is a remarkable achievement for an institution that is among the youngest of the most elite medical schools in the country.