LACDC at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy:
In 2005, LACDC began a partnership with Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, a “mini-district” of charter schools in the MacArthur Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. CNCA has expanded over the years and now serves 4,000 students from early childhood through high school on seven campuses. The most recent addition was another high school campus that opened in the 2013-14 school year. Now in our 9th school year, LACDC provides culturally competent, free mental health services to Camino Nuevo’s low-income and uninsured students and their families. In addition, our therapists and consultants support the teaching staff, administrators and resource specialists in addressing the mental health needs faced by the whole school population. The program is staffed by bi-lingual and bi-cultural mental health professionals and interns who reach a community on their home ground who have until now gone unattended.
LACDC at the Culver City Middle and High School Youth Health Center:
In Culver City the LACDC offers mental health services to all the students of the Culver City Middle and High School and the Culver Park Continuation School, our primary target population being the children of the working poor. At the Health Center, we run ten simultaneous groups and offer services to over 300 teenagers facing every sort of psychological challenge from depression, anxiety, parental abuse, fear of gangs, to suicide. Equally important, for over 25 years, we have trained a cadre of mental health professionals who can provide the mental health services children need in the venue which allows the best and easiest access to those services.