A Unique Partnership
The Prevention Center of Excellence (COE) represents a unique partnership between Los Angeles County’s Department of Mental Health (DMH) and UCLA’s Division of Population Behavioral Health. It promotes interconnection among county agencies and increases training across systems of care. The COE harnesses extensive expertise from the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, as well as other campus wide partnerships. It builds upon the strengths of research-based evidence, community-developed best practices, and innovative implementation approaches.
The COE emphasizes opportunities for engagement with children, families, and adults in naturally occurring settings such as libraries, schools, parks, and county systems (mental health, justice, child welfare, etc.) to expand the reach of preventive care throughout Los Angeles County’s diverse communities. The COE uses evidence-based educational tools to create stigma-free environments, develop employee skills sets and promote the wellbeing of peer and professional service providers.
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The COE engages with agencies around LA County to provide program implementation and evaluation support, in person and online training, and coaching to:
Build healing agencies that are trauma and resilience informed.
Strengthen the workforce and reduce burnout through a focus on professional wellbeing.
Support our youngest residents through special programs for early childhood professionals.
Create positive school and community environments for all county residents.
Promote family engagement using a strength-based and resilience-focused approach.