Mental health plays a significant role within our other programs and as a catalyst for change in South Los Angeles. With our six programs, SHIELDS can reach any SPA 6 resident in need of mental health services.

Adult Mental Health

Adult Mental Health provides behavioral health services to single adults or adult parents. SHIELDS offers behavioral health as a component of the SUD services, family services, and child welfare services we offer. Any participants in a SHIELDS program can additionally enroll in Adult Mental Health. Additionally, SHIELDS registers walk-ins or those referred from the community.


Birth-Five program provides a full range of mental health services by SHIELDS’ clinicians specifically trained to work with this population. Our clinicians are trained in Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and participate in ongoing Birth–Five research. SHIELDS integrates services into other programs, including Healthy Start, Welcome Baby, Home Visitation, and Substance Abuse Treatment programs through our Child Development Center.

Children’s Mental Health

Children’s Mental Health serves community-based referrals for youth 5-18yrs old. Clinicians provide individual, family, and group mental health services. Children’s Mental Health clinicians also offer direct assistance through partnerships with schools listed under our School-Linked program.

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SHIELDS provides therapists and case managers to Los Angeles Education Corps (College Bridge Academy), Compton Unified School District, Lynwood Unified School District, Los Angeles Unified School District, Paramount Unified School District, The Archdiocese of Los Angeles Department of Education. School-linked clinicians provide classroom intervention and observation, individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, targeted case management, and after-school programming.

Juvenile Justice

Juvenile Justice behavioral health services focus on children and youth involved, previously involved, or at risk of involvement with the Los Angeles County Juvenile Justice system. SHIELDS uses Multi-Systemic Therapy and Functional Family Therapy models. Youth enrolled in Juvenile Justice may also receive services from our Revelations program. SHIELDS also provides a Day Reporting Center for Probation-referred youth.


SHIELDS provides services through the South Central Los Angeles Regional Center (SCLARC); SCLARC is a comprehensive resource for evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, advocacy, and support for people diagnosed with developmental disabilities. SHIELDS also provides Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) for individuals with a severe mental illness. Finally, SHIELDS delivers behavioral health services through CalWORKS.

Clinical Services

SHIELDS offers licensed psychiatrists and psychologists to any individual that we are providing behavioral health services. SHIELDS can deliver these services with less wait time for our behavioral health participants.

SHIELDS for Families Behavioral Health partners with Free Arts, Claris Health, The Change Reaction, School on Wheels, Geri Smiles, and Vision to Learn. La County Department of Mental Health, LA County Department of Developmental Services, LA County Department of Probation, LA County Department of Substance Abuse Prevention and Control, and Specialty Family Foundation provide behavioral health services and informational materials.