County Resources

Are you a caretaker for someone living with Alzheimer’s, Dementia or Autism? There are many organizations in Los Angeles County that are here to help.

L.A. Found

L.A. Found

L.A. Found is a groundbreaking countywide initiative to help locate individuals with dementia or autism who wander. The L.A. Found initiative establishes a voluntary system of trackable bracelets for at-risk individuals.

California Department of Developmental Services (CDDS) Regional Centers

California Department of Developmental Services (CDDS) Regional Centers

  • Intake, Early Start Intake and Early Intervention Services for children
  • Family and Transition Services
  • Adult and Residential Services

The Regional Center represents the community in supporting and advancing the intent and entitlement of the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act through services such as assessment, advocacy, service coordination, education, training, communication, resource development and prevention services.

Department of Mental Health (DMH)

Department of Mental Health (DMH)

  • Mental health services to children and young adults.
  • Mental health and supportive services for clients, between the ages of 26 and 59, who live with serious mental illness.
  • Screening and assessment, case management services, individual and family treatment and crisis intervention services.

The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health programs include child and adult outpatient clinics and a myriad of specialized programs which include outreach and engagement, assessment, psychoeducation, crisis intervention, individual and/or group psychotherapy, peer support, medication evaluation and management, individual and/or group rehabilitation and case management.

Department of Public Health (DPH)

Department of Public Health (DPH)

  • Public Health Nurses make home visits to families.
  • Provide testing for communicable diseases and provides vaccinations.
  • Provide free or low cost services for those individuals with no insurance.

Protects health, prevents disease and injury, and promotes health and well-being for everyone in the County.

Department of Public Social Services (DPSS)

Department of Public Social Services (DPSS)

  • In-Home Supportive Services  helps pay for services provided to low-income elderly, blind or disabled individuals, including children, so that they can remain safely in their own home.
  • CalFresh  improves the nutrition of people in low-income households  by increasing their food-buying power, so they can purchase the amount of food their household needs.
  • Health programs to cover the needs of everyone regardless of age, race, or immigration status.

Provides a range of public services that improve the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD)

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD)

  • Provides information on most civil processes, such as restraining orders or evictions
  • Mental Evaluation Team to assist patrol deputies with situations involving the mentally ill, suicide attempts, or gravely disabled persons.
  • Community Outreach

LASD provides general law enforcement services to 42 contract cities, 141 unincorporated communities, 216 facilities, hospitals, and clinics located throughout the County, nine (9) community colleges, the Metropolitan Transit Authority and 37 Superior Courts.

Department of Health Services

Department of Health Services

  • Adult / Family: Medicine primary care for adults.
  • Geriatric Medicine: primary care for older adults.
  • Pediatric Services

Provides inpatient acute care services in four hospitals, and outpatient services at two outpatient centers (OC), six comprehensive health centers (CHC), 11 health centers, and over 100 Community Partners’ clinics. Provides no cost and low cost health care services.

Los Angeles County Fire Department

Los Angeles County Fire Department

  • Comprehensive Electronic Patient Care Reporting system that tracks every patient contact.
  • Patients tracked by Fire Department database: Name, Age, Gender, Incident Location, Hospital Destination and other factors. Database may be accessed for investigative purposes to identify last known location of missing person.
  • Other County Agencies can access our data about missing persons as allowed by department regulation and laws.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department is responsible for protecting the lives and property of 4 million residents living in 1.25 million housing units in 59 cities and all unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. 

Department of Children Family Services

Department of Children Family Services

  • The DCFS Regional Center Section offers support and linkage to services. For example, mental health services, placements, advocacy groups, and education support.
  • DCFS Regional Center Section website provides helpful information regarding autism and linkage to various services and supports.
  • The DCFS Regional Center Section also provides consultation and support to caregivers of children with autism and cognitive impairments.

The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) as the nation’s largest public child welfare and adoption agency, child safety is job one at DCFS. Our main goal is to protect children from abuse and neglect—whether supporting families to keep children safe at home, finding a temporary placement, or reuniting families as soon as it is safe to do so.

District Attorneys Office

District Attorneys Office

  • Some supportive services for victims of crime such as transportation to court, payment of medical bills, psychological counselling and restitution.
  • Community outreach and education on Elder Abuse.
  • Law Enforcement training on lack of capacity (Alzheimer’s and Dementia) issues.

The District Attorney’s Office prosecutes felony crimes throughout Los Angeles County, as well as misdemeanor crimes in unincorporated areas and in 78 of the 88 County Cities.

WISE & Healthy Aging

WISE & Healthy Aging

  • In-home case management
  • Caregiver training courses
  • Individual counseling

WISE & Healthy Aging provides an array of mental health and social services for older adults and their caregivers.  Including administering the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program on behalf of the City and County of Los Angeles.  Ombudsman are advocates for individuals who live in skilled nursing, assisted living or board and care facilities.