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Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Reviews

Updated February 4, 2017
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  1. "Admin/Typist Front Desk Clerk"

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    Former Employee - Administrative/Typist Front Desk Clerk in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative/Typist Front Desk Clerk in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great staff,nice working environment

    Cons

    I did not experience any cons


  2. "Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downey, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downey, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits. Pays well. Vacation and sick time.

    Cons

    Literally everything else. DMH management here are unethical and verbally/emotionally abusive to their employees. Numerous complaints have been made and DMH does nothing to help. Extremely high turnover rate. Difficult to transfer within the county and takes a very long time to get hired or to transfer. Expectations are unfair and impossible to achieve which causes constant stress and burnout.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people like human beings.


  3. "Excellent experience for early career psychologists"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Psychologist II in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Psychologist II in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Well paid for working outside of private practice

    Easy atmosphere and enjoyable colleagues; supportive supervisors

    Wide breadth of clinical cases

    Benefits benefits benefits

    Cons

    Large caseloads

    Little clinical work in administrative positions

    Honestly very few cons - it's a great place to work for psychologists if you don't wish to go into private practice right away


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  5. "Psychologist"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Psychologist II
    Current Employee - Clinical Psychologist II
    Recommends

    I have been working at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive pay relative to other mental health agencies

    Cons

    Few opportunities for advancement for clinical psychologists


  6. "PSW II"

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    Current Employee - Psychiatric Social Worker in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Psychiatric Social Worker in Long Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits which include medical dental pension, there are some supportive staff, great training opportunities. Free pre-licensing courses.

    Cons

    Politics makes it hard to get anything done. Some administration use intimidation tactics. Lots of paperwork. Not enough space to get work done.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage staff, be more uplifting, help improve morale, be a grower not a drainer. Have an open door policy so that staff feel comfortable approaching you.


  7. "Psw1"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health full-time

    Pros

    Attain clinical hours quickly

    Cons

    Transferring to another office is tough

    Advice to Management

    Be more fair


  8. "Going from ok to worse"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health full-time

    Pros

    Good opportunity for up and coming social workers and nurses to make a good salary and benefits

    Cons

    Extremely political, hard to advance in career unless you know someone or are african-american. Interviews are conducted even though they already know who they are going to hire. Clients/patients are not the priority.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people fairly, allow advancement of varied races, not just african-american, make clients the priority.


  9. "Great place to get your foot in the door"

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    Current Employee - Medical Case Worker II in Cerritos, CA
    Current Employee - Medical Case Worker II in Cerritos, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Benefits, job security

    Cons

    can be difficult to promote or transfer

    Advice to Management

    promote team building and positive reinforcement


  10. "PSW II"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health full-time

    Pros

    It is a really great environment and has really good benefits. I love working here. It's awesome.

    Cons

    There is a lot of pressure and a lot of deadlines. There is also a lot of paperwork and things to do.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being encouraging to staff. Help staff to advance in their careers. Help staff to improve their services.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Psychiatrist"

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    Current Employee - Physician
    Current Employee - Physician
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits. Can work four ten hour shifts. Lack of supervision + county job= you don't have to work very hard or even be board certified. There's no QI or patient scarification when it comes to your work, so you can easily do the minimum amount of work and get still get paid.

    Cons

    If you're an MD, then a social worker or a psychologist (referred to as clinicians) can basically supervise you, at least administratively. You will never be a team leader. This is a "recovery model" structure, not medical so your MD is devalued, hence being supervised by non physicians. There is a great deal of corruption in the administration, lack of transparency, and probably some nepositim. Maintaining the status quo is key. To get ahead, you need to get in with the "right" people. There is very little room for innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Switch to medical model if you want to attract good physicians. Set practice guidelines and measure their implementation if you care about performance. Require BC within five years if you want to attract good doctors because good doctors know they'll ultimately pull the weight for the weaker ones. Consider hiring supervisors from the private sector who can bring new ideas and innovation.



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