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DMH + UCLA Public Partnership for Wellbeing

A prevention-centered collaboration to support LA County residents.

A high impact partnership, between the LA County Department of Mental Health and UCLA, designed to strengthen communities and improve the wellbeing of Los Angeles County residents and greater society by providing a holistic foundation for addressing inequities and advancing wellbeing for all.


Strengthen communities

  • Prevent the impact of trauma and promote the resilience of individuals and communities

Reengineer systems

  • Engage and assist vulnerable residents by improving broken, inequitable systems

Revitalize policy

  • Build equity into societal structures through policy


Train and implement

UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence: Develops the L.A. County workforce’s ability to address the impact of trauma, promoting individual and community empowerment.

UCLA Hispanic Neuropsychiatric Center of Excellence: Mentors those who work to establish the Community Ambassador Network across L.A. County’s most-disadvantaged neighborhoods. Visit

Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA’s Public Mental Health Graduate Program: Provides a professional development pathway for clinicians skilled in public mental health.

DMH + Semel Institute Position for National Clinician Scholars Program: Trains mental health clinicians to perform collaborative research with diverse communities to address health disparities.

Design and innovate

UCLA Depression Grand Challenge’s Screening and Treatment for Anxiety and Depression (STAND) Program: Utilizes technology-based delivery platforms to identify, prevent, and address mental health conditions and suicide risk among community college students in partnership with DMH. Visit

DMH + UCLA Public Mental Health Partnership: Promotes performance-based programming for LACDMH through implementation support. Works alongside key collaborators, including Third Sector Capital Partners and the Ballmer Group. Visit

UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families: Addresses the challenges of reopening schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on those facing inequity and disparities. Visit

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs’ Wellbeing Line: First responders help people navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, with specialized attention to moral distress. Visit

Study and advocate

California Policy Lab: Develops data-driven, upstream strategies for people experiencing homelessness. Visit

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH)

The nation’s largest public mental health department uses a “heart-forward” approach to support recovery and wellbeing.


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