September 2018

On September 12, 2018, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas joined with leaders from Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and the Department of Health Services to cut the ribbon on the newly constructed KIDS Hub Clinic at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. The KIDS Hub provides services to children from birth through age 18 who involved with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

“Today, we recognize, honor, and celebrate the critical services provided by our Pediatric Hub system for vulnerable children throughout the County,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “Simply stated: children matter, children come first, and our duty is to be there for them.”

The KIDS Hub provides state-of-the-art expert assessment while reducing trauma to the child victims and their families and evaluates. “The expert medical, forensic evaluations and developmental assessments we provide to identify child abuse and neglect for children involved with DCFS, are key to identifying and protecting at-risk children,” said Kelly Callahan, MD, KIDS Hub Medical Director.

The Harbor-UCLA Medical Center KIDS Hub provides services to children from birth up to age 18, who involved with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). It is part of a Los Angeles County Department of Health Services network of Hub clinics, designed to serve this particularly vulnerable population.

“We are thrilled to recognize the completion of the newest of DHS’ six Hub Clinics. Through our partnerships with the Departments of Mental Health and Children and Family Services, the Hub Clinics provide a vital link to medical care, forensic exams and other health services for the most vulnerable children in our communities,” said Christina Ghaly, MD, Acting Director of Health Services.

The KIDS Hub operates in partnership with the Los Angeles County Departments of Children and Family Services and Mental Health. “DMH is very excited about the expansion and enrichment of the KIDS Hub,” said Jon Sherin, MD, Director of Mental Health. “This additional resource is a critical component of our foster care network and will be an essential part of our ongoing work to prevent and mitigate trauma for children and their families. “

September 5, 2018: It’s a big day for Los Angeles — we’re taking a major step forward in our City’s work to find homes for unsheltered Angelenos, and I wanted you to know.

Today, we are excited to announce the opening of L.A.’s first bridge housing site at El Pueblo, which will open its doors to homeless Angelenos in just a few short days. It is the first facility to open under my plan for temporary emergency housing, A Bridge Home.

A Bridge Home sites are built to be safe and welcoming — offering not just warm beds, meals and hot showers, but also access to mental health services, drug and alcohol treatment, and pet accommodations — as well as around-the-clock, on-site care. Our goal is to help homeless Angelenos recover from the trauma and poverty that forced them onto the streets and put them on a path to supportive housing.

This video explains how the facilities in this program will work:
The housing at El Pueblo will be occupied by people living in encampments in the immediate surrounding area. Residents were identified by outreach teams who have walked the neighborhood’s streets every day for months to connect with homeless Angelenos already living in the community, and prepare them to move indoors.

Today, we have one message for the men and women who will soon move into this facility: Welcome home.

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