Substance Abuse Prevention and Control

Our Partnerships

  • Department of Public Social Services (DPSS)
    The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (SAPC), the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS), and the Department of Mental Health (DMH) have collaborated to address the issue of substance abuse and its impact on families in Los Angeles County. These three departments serve families who receive public assistance and supportive services through the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) Program. This program focuses on helping welfare recipients move from public assistance to employment or from welfare-to-work (WtW). In Los Angeles County, WtW services are provided by Greater Avenues to Independence (GAIN). Most able-bodied parents are required to participate in the GAIN employment services program. Participants meeting WtW requirements may receive treatment for substance abuse, mental health, and domestic violence. The ultimate goal is to assist CalWORKs participants in becoming self-sufficient.
    General Relief
    SAPC and DPSS collaborate to help General Relief (GR) applicants/recipients with substance abuse problems recover from their chemical dependency. These two departments jointly developed the GR Mandatory Substance Abuse Recovery Program in Los Angeles County to encourage personal responsibility by providing services to indigent adults who want to help themselves recover from substance use/abuse and reach self-sufficiency.
  • Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)
    Substance Use Disorder - Trauma-Informed Parent Support (SUD-TIPS) Program
    The Substance Use Disorder - Trauma-Informed Parent Support (SUD-TIPS) Program is a partnership between Department of Public Health-Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (DPH-SAPC) and DCFS. The purpose of SUD-TIPS is to ensure greater access to trauma-informed services and early intervention services for DCFS-served adult parents. The services are intended to link DCFS families with timely and responsive support services to address substance use concerns. The project aligns Client Engagement and Navigation Services (CENS) SUD Counselors to the 19 DCFS regional offices within LA County. The CENS Counselors ensure greater access to trauma-informed substance use disorder (SUD) services and prevention and early intervention for mental health services for DCFS-involved parents/caregivers. The target population is any DCFS-served adult parent who has a referral or case involving actual or suspected substance use. Parents, or a parent, are referred by Children's Social Worker (CSW) to the CENS staff for screening, referral, prevention, and/or early intervention services. The CENS Counselors receives referrals from the DCFS CSW located in the Regional offices within their CENS Service Planning Area (SPA). Upon receipt of those referrals CENS Counselors reach out to the parent and schedules an SUD screening appointment. A parent will be screened using the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) triage tool to determine if the parent needs SUD treatment and the provisional level of care to which the parent will be referred.
    Family Dependency Drug Court Program
    The Family Dependency Drug Court Program is a collaboration between the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Superior Court, DCFS, County Counsel, SAPC, and attorneys for both the parent and children. The program addresses the needs of parents who misuse alcohol and drugs while efforts are being made to foster family reunification. The program requires a minimum of twelve months of treatment and aims to:

    1. Decrease time to reunification;
    2. Reduce the number of substantiated allegations of abuse or neglect following reunification;
    3. Lower the rate of subsequent removal after reunification;
    4. Track re-entry rates and the time that elapses before the termination of parent rights.
  • Youth Services
    Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act – Youth Substance Abuse Program
    The Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act (JJCPA) established funding in California for services proven to reduce crime among at-risk youth and juvenile probationers. Through this collaborative project with the Probation Department, SAPC CENS contractors provide substance use screenings, early intervention services and referrals into substance use disorder (SUD) treatment upon release for probation involved youth. The goal of the CENS in the Juvenile Halls program is to:

    1. Provide youth with the skills to resist continued substance use and the associated negative behaviors;
    2. Demonstrate reductions in subsequent arrests, incarceration, and probation violations; and
    3. Increase completion of probation, and restitution and community service requirements.
  • Criminal Justice
    Adult Drug Court (ADC)
    The Los Angeles County Adult Drug Court (ADC) Program addresses the SUD needs of justice-involved individuals. Through a partnership with the Los Angeles Superior Court, District Attorney's Office, Pubic Defenders' Office and Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (SAPC) contracted Community-Based substance use disorder (SUD) treatment providers, the ADC provides integrated SUD treatment to promote long-term recovery. The Drug Court service is available to nonviolent defendants arrested for specific felony drug charges. The adult drug court model takes a team-based approach to case processing and combines judicial oversight, monitoring, and substance use disorder treatment services in lieu of incarceration.
    Assembly Bill 109 (AB 109) Post-Release Co-Occurring Integrated Care Network (COIN Program)
    DPH-SAPC, Probation and DMH implemented the COIN program in 2015. COIN provides integrated SUD and mental health treatment to AB 109 participants who have a chronic SUD with severe and persistent mental illness. Clients are referred by the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Revocation Court (Division 83), for residential treatment.
    Substance Treatment and Re-entry Transition (START) – Community Program
    The START-Community program is a partnership between DPH-SAPC contracted providers and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD). It offers eligible inmates, suitable for completing the final 90 days of their sentence in a community-based SUD residential treatment facility for up to 90 days. Individuals participating in START-Community will remain under the supervision of the LASD for the duration of their treatment.
    In-Custody to Community Referral Program (ICRP)
    ICRP is a partnership program between DPH-SAPC and the Department of Health Services, Correctional Health Services (DHS-CHS) and Whole Person Care, aimed at initiating connections to defendants experiencing mental health and/or substance use disorders. DHS-CHS counselors collaborate with SAPC network providers to coordinate the reintegration of inmates into the community and ensure a warm handoff to the appropriate SUD treatment level of care.
    Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Program
    LEAD is a pre-arrest community-based diversion model led by the Department of Health Services- Office of Diversion and Reentry, with DPH-SAPC contracted providers, the Sherriff's Department and select community-based organizations. LEAD diverts individuals with repeated low-level drug related offenses at the earliest contact with law enforcement to harm reduction-based case management and social services as an alternative to incarceration. CENS counselors provide substance use disorder screening and linkage to treatment at designated co-locations.
    Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI) Rapid Diversion Program (RDP)
    The ATI RDP is led by the LA County CEO’s Alternatives to Incarceration office in partnership with SAPC contracted providers, Public Defender, City Attorney, District Attorney, and LA Superior Courts. RDP supports defendants experiencing mental health illness, substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders by diverting them from the justice system into treatment. If the defendant successfully completes treatment, criminal charges will be dismissed.
    CENS – AB 109 Probation Partnership
    This is a partnership between DPH-SAPC contracted treatment providers, and the Los Angeles County Probation Department, aimed at screening and linking post-release AB 109 populations to SUD treatment services. CENS navigators are co-located at Department of Probation HUBs, Area Offices, and selected Superior Court houses where Probation offices are co-stationed.
    Client Engagement and Navigation Services (CENS) – Public Defenders Partnership
    This partnership is between DPH-SAPC contracted treatment providers, the Public Defender, and LA County Superior Court. Client Engagement and Navigation Services (CENS) counselors are co-located at Public Defender offices within County courts. They conduct screening and link justice involved individuals to SUD treatment services.
    Second Chance Women's Re-entry Court Program
    The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Superior Court, Sheriff, District Attorney, Public Defender, Probation Department, Countywide Criminal Justice Coordination Committee, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, and SAPC joined together to establish the Second Chance Women’s Re-entry Court Program to provide services for 25 female offenders who are legal residents of Los Angeles County and are paroled from a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) institution under jurisdiction of the Los Angeles Superior Court and facing a new, non-violent, non-serious felony charge.

    Eligible clients are required to complete a treatment plan with incentives and sanctions that includes stabilization, orientation, assessment, intensive treatment, transition, and enhancement services.
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