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Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Reviews

Updated Sep 17, 2019

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  1. "Very good company"

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    Former Employee - Psychologist II in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very good company with very good policy. Very good work for psychologist

    Cons

    Traveling distance was sometime challenging

    Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health2019-09-17
  2. Helpful (4)

    "Poopshow"

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    Former Employee - Psychiatric Social Worker II in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits Higher pay than any of the non-profits Consistent flow of clients and challenging work You'll gain the hours to earn licensure quickly Free trainings if you can get into them, and your supervisor doesn't deny them to you based on how they feel about you personally You will learn how to survive in a toxic system, and working at DMH can prepare you for any other environment Drinking Kool-Aid comes with great rewards, and DMH rewards those who keep their mouths shut, keep their heads low, don't ask any questions, and who cover up for their superiors You may leave the department with PTSD and or GAD, but you will have grown tremendously as a person.

    Cons

    Poor management from the bottom to the top Lack of accountability in upper level management Problems are swept under the rug, and employees who bring attention to them are retaliated against. Many supervisors live with untreated mental health challenges of their own, and management protects them at the expense of line staff - the abuse is rampant depending on which clinic/program you're working at. Supervisors often believe themselves to be the victims, and their union protects them from any accountability -- They will cover up their misdeeds and they will throw you under the bus at any opportunity. Employees who live with untreated mental health challenges of their own are also protected by Civil Service and/or their unions. You will have to exercise very strong boundaries with your coworkers in order to not put yourself at risk. Damned if you do, damned if you don't culture - no good deed goes unpunished at DMH Safety is just a suggestion: The people responsible for it often do a lackluster job at responding to problems, but are great at making excuses and/or covering it up. While safety is a great talking point, many sites are egregiously unsafe. Again, reporting problems will result in retaliation and may cost your career depending on how connected and/or vindictive the leaders associated with you are. Managers who are vindictive will report you to the Board of Behavioral Sciences -- even if an investigation is still underway: This means your license is at risk even if you didn't commit some form of violation. Social Worker and MFT's Union is filled with problems and the people who lead it are usually people who cause problems at their clinics Medi-Cal Final Rule and Access To Care mandates have made the workload unachievable - forget being able to choose the population you want to work with. You will be tasked with the impossible, and you will feel hopeless. If you work in any way with corrections (whether juvenile camps, prisons, etc), you are the lowest on the totem pole, and your managers will cater to the Blue Code and covering up to keep Sheriffs Department, etc happy. You will be bullied, you will be marginalized, and you will shut your mouth and take it.

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    Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health2019-07-22
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Don't ever forget your worth, no matter how they treat you"

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    Former Employee - Psychiatric Social Worker 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Higher pay than at a contract provider agency Access to trainings for Evidence Based Practices Employees are unionized Really hard to get fired no matter how much you suck Ability to work 10/40 and 9/80 schedules or work PMRT for overtime. Potential for a pension (if you stay at least 5 or 10+ years.)

    Cons

    From the top down, management is apathetic about employee or patient safety. Human Resources is slow and treats employees unequally. Processes like hiring or promotions take a very long time for employees and an even longer time for others. A lot of emphasis is placed on treating everyone "equally" even when equal isn't fair. If you want a promotion you are stuck with the Civil Service rules where someone less familiar with the program but more time working for the county may be hired in over your head. Really hard to get fired no matter how much you suck (applied to your colleagues.) The longer you stay and the more competent you get, the more likely you will be expected to pick up the slack. As a County employee you are pensioned, so you are not eligible for State Disability Insurance, CA Paid Family/Maternity Leave, and the time you work for the county does not pay into Social Security. This is fine if you can manage to hang in there for 10 years, but many people don't.

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    Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health2019-01-27
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Tough Job"

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    Current Employee - Medical Case Worker in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Freedom Work in the field Great work atmosphere Awesome schedule hoilfays pension and benefits

    Cons

    Difficult clients Stressful tons of documentation/writing Pressure to have notes submitted same day Running groups

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    Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health2018-12-09
  5. Helpful (1)

    "JPsychologist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    stable salsary, benefits, and much time to explore if you do it right

    Cons

    limited vacation, lower than outside, administration that is crazy

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    Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health2018-09-19
  6. "psychiatric social worker"

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    Former Employee - Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    job stability, benefits, work life balance

    Cons

    work environments can be toxic depending on which program you get hired for. If you are lucky to get hired into a program with great people, you will work there for life.

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    Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health2018-09-05
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Social worker"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The positives are steady employment, good benefits, and pension

    Cons

    DMH is is all about who you brown nose. No chance for advancement if you are routine staff. The administration is corrupt and unfair. The system is based on who you know, nepotism and is corrupt from the bottom up. It has been this way for years. The program heads are punitive and staff is "guilty" until proven otherwise. Supervisors need to be trained to deal with people.... Of note are the horrendous work conditions at DMH headquarters: no air conditioning on the hottest days, roaches, elevators that are always broken, unsanitary conditions in the bathrooms, no hot water in the bathrooms...yet management on the 12th floor have both hot water and AC! Not so for the other floors - what gives with this? ! I would not recommend LA County DMH as a place to work. I would give ZERO stars for senior management if they had that choice.

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    Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health2018-07-21
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Field Based PSW II"

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    Current Employee - PSW II in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Fair pay, excellent benefits, HSA, DSA - Flexible schedules -- field-based, 9/80, 4/40 - 10 holidays, increasing vacation, PTO and sick coverage - Mandated 40 hour weeks, OT is tough to get due to taxpayer accountability -- offers opportunities for outside work, private practice and consultation - Incredible training opportunities for growth including evidence based practices - License requirement trainings covered and encouraged - Opportunities to become subject matter expert and delve into additional trainings

    Cons

    - Population is difficult, caseloads are incredible at clinics - Opportunities can be difficult to get - Management/Supervision quality is highly inconsistent - Protecting DMH often comes before caring for staff - Procedural/client paperwork is extensive - Line staff is often assumed at fault within culture versus management accountability

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    Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health2017-11-05
  9. "Public Health Intern"

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    Recommends

    I worked at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

    Pros

    - opportunity to work on various projects at HQ and in the mental health clinics

    Cons

    - limited scope of work due to being an intern

    Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health2017-11-01
  10. "PSW"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Everyone is really nice I like that I work with older adults and there isn't a bunch of inexperienced people there

    Cons

    None so far for me

    Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health2017-05-04

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