Accessing Mental Health Services
In an effort to address the needs of our school communities, School Mental Health (SMH) has established clinics and centers throughout the District to provide high quality, direct mental health services to students and families in conveniently located facilities.
SMH Referral Procedures
To ensure that services are coordinated, school staff and families are strongly encouraged to utilize the established referral system at their particular school. School staff and parents/guardians may call any of the clinics to discuss possible referrals with the Duty Worker of the Day.
1. School staff may refer a student for services after consulting with school
administration and conferring with parents/guardians to obtain consent.
2. School staff (administrators, teachers or support staff) should work with
parents/guardians to complete the SMH Clinic Referral Forms for Counseling.
When completing the referral, please ensure that all family contact
information (addresses and telephone numbers) are valid.
3. The completed referral should be sent to the geographically
appropriate clinic for the respective Local District (these are identified
at the top of the referral form).
4. Once the referral is received and processed, SMH staff will contact
families via telephone or mail to schedule an intake appointment.
5. During the intake and assessment processes, SMH staff will work
collaboratively with school-based staff, particularly the referring party.
6. Appropriate mental health treatment is provided to students and
families based on need.
7. When appropriate, SMH Clinic staff may provide case management
services to students and families to connect them to other health
and social services agencies.***For any life threatening situations, please call 911 immediately.***
Wellness Centers and Clinics: Integrated Care
Clinic outpatient mental health services for LAUSD students are provided through a partnership between the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH) and LAUSD SMH. As DMH providers, SMH clinicians are committed to implementing the County of Los Angeles’ vision to improve the quality of life in the county, by providing responsive, efficient, and high quality public services that promote the self-sufficiency, well-being, and prosperity of individuals, families, businesses and communities. The program includes 7 Wellness Networks, 8 Clinics, and satellite clinics at school sites.
In April 1993, through a unique interagency contract, the first agreement of its kind in the country, School Mental Health Clinics became Medi-Cal Certified for child psychiatry outpatient services. Under the terms of this agreement, SMH serves as a contract provider for the DMH providing full-scope outpatient mental health services to students and families.
Medication Support Services
SMH has an established clinical training program with UCLA Child Psychiatry supervised by two Child Psychiatry staff who oversee the rotation of fellows to implement medication support. With the use of District general funds, LAUSD employs Child Psychiatrists to support medications services for students. In addition, SMH has a subcontract, funded via DMH revenues, with UCLA Regents for Child Psychiatrists and Fellow Rotation, supervised under the Child Psychiatry Department. Psychiatric consultation is also established for our staff with USC Child Psychiatry and UCLA Harbor Child Psychiatry.
In addition to psychiatric medication support services, the Wellness Centers are aligned with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). FQHC’s the opportunity to better serve the medication and health needs of students by pediatricians and general practitioners (under FQHCs services) co-located at Wellness Centers.
Main Office Beaudry Central – Pia Escudero, Director, Cecilia Ramos, Assistant Director
333 South Beaudry Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90017 (213) 241-3841 fax (213) 241-3305
97th Street School Mental Health Clinic – (Local District South, located at Barrett Elementary School) - 439 W. 97th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90003, (323) 754-2856 fax (323) 754-1843
Bell/Cudahy School Mental Health Clinic – (Local District South, located at Ellen Ochoa Learning Center) - 7326 S. Wilcox, Cudahy, CA 90201, (323) 869-1352
Belmont Wellness Center – (Local District Central, located at Belmont High School) 180 Union Place, Los Angeles, CA 90026 - (213) 241-4451 fax (213) 241-4465
Carson Wellness Center – (Local District South, located at Carson High School) 270 East 223rd street, Carson, CA 90745 - (310) 847-7216 fax (310) 847-7214
Crenshaw Wellness Center – (Local District West, located at Crenshaw High School) 5010 11th Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90043 – (323) 290-7737 fax (323) 290-7744
Elizabeth Wellness Center – (Local District South, located at Elizabeth Learning Center) 4811 Elizabeth Street, Cudahy, CA 90201 (323) 271-3650 fax (323) 271-3657
Gage Middle School – (Local District East, located at Gage Middle School) 2975 Zoe Avenue, Huntington Park, CA 90255-4346 - (323) 826-1520 fax 826-1524
Hyde Park School Mental Health Clinic – (Local District West, located at YES Academy) - 6519 S. 8th Avenue, Bungalow 46, Los Angeles, CA 90043, (323) 750-5167 fax (323) 759-2697
Locke Wellness Center – (Local District South, located at Locke EEC) 316 East 111th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90061 (323) 418-1055 fax (323) 418-3964
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