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2016 - 2021 County of Los Angeles Strategic Plan

Creating Connections: People, Communities, and Government


GOAL I. MAKE INVESTMENTS THAT TRANSFORM LIVES  

We will aggressively address society’s most complicated social, health, and public safety challenges. We want to be a highly responsive organization capable of responding to complex societal challenges – one person at a time.


Strategy I.1 - Increase Our Focus on Prevention Initiatives

Implement evidence-based practices to increase our residents’ self-sufficiency, prevent long-term reliance on the County’s social safety net, and prevent involvement with the County’s foster, juvenile justice, and adult justice systems.


Issue Statement:
A lack of early intervention and support for at-risk, high-needs residents increases their likelihood of long-term reliance on, or involvement with the County’s social safety net and child welfare, justice, and social service systems.


Increase the number of vulnerable children and families touched by the County referred to the community-based network of Prevention/Aftercare providers.
Implement a homeless prevention program to prevent homelessness of those families, known to the County, at imminent risk of homelessness.
Increase the number of custodial parents receiving child support enforcement services who receive full and timely child support payments.
Use the County’s Education Coordinating Council to partner with local school districts, LACOE, the Juvenile Court, DCFS and Probation to work towards improving educational outcomes for systems-involved youth by using Local Control Accounting Plans and incorporating other available supports.
Develop or preserve affordable housing units in the County.
Support the leadership of First 5 LA, in partnership with the County, the Home Visitation Consortium and others to build a universal voluntary system of home visitation services through a streamlined system of referrals, and improved integration of services.
Work with the Center for Strategic Public Private Partnerships to identify other funding opportunities to extend programs and services for underserved youth and families at all County libraries, including early learning programs and mobile literacy services.
Establish a Center for Financial Empowerment that will provide services in the areas of financial literacy, financial counseling, consumer education, and tax preparation.


Strategy I.2 - Enhance Our Delivery of Comprehensive Interventions

Deliver comprehensive and seamless services to those seeking assistance from the County.


Issue Statement:
The County’s most vulnerable populations require more targeted and integrated interventions to measurably address their comprehensive needs.


Provide subsidized housing and necessary services for vulnerable populations, while prioritizing the homeless population.
Operationalize a Health Agency-wide referral system to track and refer patients from one Health Agency department to another.
Implement the Drug Medi-Cal waiver to integrate SUD treatment services for youth and adults into the County’s mental and physical health care delivery systems.
Increase the number of youth, known to the County, who are linked to employment, a job interview, or a job readiness program, while prioritizing foster and probation youth.
Implement the Phase I strategies of the MBK initiative.
Complete a comprehensive County-wide assessment of access to, and delivery of, services to women and girls to address gender-driven disparities.
Complete a comprehensive assessment of the gaps in services for the County’s older adult population.
Prevent children from becoming victims of child sex trafficking and provide supportive and rehabilitative services for systems-involved child sex trafficking victims.
Develop and implement a multi-departmental, comprehensive integrated service delivery plan to serve transitional aged foster youth to ensure self-sufficiency upon emancipation.


Strategy I.3 – Reform Service Delivery Within Our Justice Systems

Provide rehabilitative services to those involved with the County’s justice systems to reduce the risk of recidivism, and support successful re-entry into our communities.


Issue Statement:
The majority of offenders face barriers to successful community re-entry, including mental illness and/or addiction, resulting in higher rates of recidivism and homelessness.

Increase the number of justice involved juveniles and adults linked to appropriate health, mental health and substance use disorder services.
Develop a plan to fund and implement body worn cameras for Sheriff’s deputies.
Develop and adopt a plan to improve legal representation to youth, while addressing those factors that bring youth into the juvenile justice system.
Expand the number of Mental Evaluation Teams and training for Sheriff Deputies as well as other appropriate staff.
Implement a protocol that: supports statewide efforts to decriminalize homelessness; complements the County’s Homeless Encampment Protocol; and ensures greater collaboration between judicial agencies and alternative courts.
Implement and evaluate a community policing strategy within Men’s Central Jail based on unbiased policing, maintaining humane conditions in jail, alternatives to custody, when appropriate, and restorative justice opportunities which emphasize intervention and rehabilitation.
Begin the process to replace the Men’s Central Jail with a consolidated correctional treatment facility and renovate Mira Loma Detention Facility.