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.

Department of Mental Health (DMH), Office of Public Guardian

Department of Mental Health (DMH), Office of Public Guardian

Provides conservatorship services to persons that are unable to properly care for themselves or who are unable to manage their finances.

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.

Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS)

Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS)

  • Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP), which provides support to unpaid caregivers caring for elderly relatives, or to older caregivers of younger family members. The purpose of the program is to help minimize the negative emotional, physical, and financial consequences of unpaid family caregiving.
  • New Freedom program provides transportation and mobility management services, sensitive to the needs of seniors and adults with disabilities, to enhance quality of life, maintain independence, and improve their overall health and well-being.
  • Supportive Services Program which promotes and maintains independent living for older adults over the age of 60.

WDACS and its community partners deliver quality services to youth, adults and seniors that promote independence, dignity, choice, and social well-being.

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.