LA County Supervisors Ramp Up Support For Project To Help People Living With Mental Illness In Hollywood
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to move forward with a new pilot project called Hollywood 2.0 that aims to help people living with a serious mental illness get care within their own community.
Why It Matters:
The county estimates that the Hollywood 2.0 Pilot Project could serve some 4,000 people in the Hollywood area, including people who are unhoused and living with a serious mental illness.
Part of the goal is to divert people living with mental illness from psychiatric emergency rooms and in some cases, county jail.
Project organizers are also exploring establishing a club house, or according to the county motion: “a welcoming physical space where community members can meet and engage in therapeutic activities (e.g. employment and educational programs or relationship building).”
The county Department of Mental Health received a $116 million grant from the state to test the project for five years. The plan is to set up urgent care centers, hire fieldworkers and even provide what’s called a peer respite center, where people can stay for several days and find support with their mental health.
The Board action Tuesday will allow the county Department of Mental Health to hire more full-time employees to staff the pilot.
The approved motion also calls for collaborating with the city of Trieste, Italy, to better understand and possibly incorporate some of their mental health care model, which has been lauded by experts as a more effective system.
Organizers hope Hollywood 2.0 will fully launch in a year or so.