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Home >> Specialized Senior Resources >> Health & Mental Health >> GENESIS

Geriatric Evaluation Networks Encompassing Services, Information and Support - County of Los Angeles Department of Mental Health
Older Adult Services

MDT Member

550 S. Vermont Avenue, 6th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90020
Tel: (213) 351-7284; FAX: (213) 427-6161.

Los Angeles County is home to over 1.3 million older adults 60 years and older. Its diversity and complex service system network make timely identification and intervention of serious mental health condition difficult. Homebound seniors are specially vulnerable to "falling through the safety net." To address this need, community-based programs must be mobile and holistic in their composition and approach.


The mission of the GENESIS Program is to provide mobile mental health and health services to frail homebound adults 60 years and older that support their dignity, maximize options and enhance their independence.


The program coordinates and has developed working agreements with Adult Protective Services, mental agencies, health providers, including care management programs, hospitals and religious organizations.


bulletOutreach to senior housing, senior and community centers and other agencies;Information and Referral;
bulletTelephone consultation to professionals on health and mental health issues;
bulletHealth screening including blood pressure screening, nutrition evaluation, identification and triage of specific health conditions that require follow-up referrals;
bulletMental-Health Counseling to individuals and groups;
bulletComprehensive Health/Mental Health assessment.

Staff Disciplines

Nursing, Social Work, Gero-psychiatry and Gerontology.


Frail and isolated older adults are served in a manner that respects their autonomy and supports their life experience and survival skills. Staff can repair, enhance and redefine the fragile safety net of community supports in order to maintain clients in their homes. cost effective and efficient preventive mental health and health services are provided that enable clients to live independently longer, delay the trauma and costs of higher levels of care. 

Funding and coordination

Funding and coordination for this program are unique in the state, bring together the mandates of the Department of Mental Health and the Area Agency on Aging to provide community-based preventive mental health and health services to the elderly.

Client Flow Chart

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Staff disciplines
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  Department of Mental
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