County of Los Angeles Department of Mental Health
Older Adult Services
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.
|Outreach to senior housing,
senior and community centers and other agencies;Information and
|Telephone consultation to professionals on health and mental
|Health screening including blood pressure screening,
nutrition evaluation, identification and triage of specific health
conditions that require follow-up referrals;|
|Mental-Health Counseling to individuals and groups;|
|Comprehensive Health/Mental Health assessment. |
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 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.
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