Also known as Mental Health & Substance Abuse Treatment
Mental illnesses, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and schizophrenia, are often overlooked and under treated conditions in our community. Many individuals who suffer with mental illness don’t know what is causing their distress. The majority of people with mental illness do not seek treatment, either because they do not know that help is available, they do not realize they need treatment, or they are unable to find the necessary resources.
Mental illness, substance abuse and other addictions are some of the leading causes of chronic homelessness. Unlike many emergency and transitional homeless agencies on skid row in Los Angeles, the Weignart Center has a full-service Clinical Services department that addresses mental illness, addiction and the cycle of relapse. The Weingart Center reaches out to the most economically disadvantaged and chronically homeless individuals and provides them with shelter, job training, housing referrals and comprehensive mental health services to help them break the cycle of homelessness.
In addition to the traditional mental health services and group sessions, our Clinical Services staff also provides the following services and programs:
Substance Abuse Treatment
The Weingart Center offers a variety of substance abuse interventions and treatment options for our clients and members of the community, which allows individuals to maintain employment and seek housing while working on their sobriety. We offer a 16-week intensive outpatient alcohol and drug treatment program, based on the Matrix Model as well as a 5-week program.
The Clinical department utilizes best-practiced treatment models that include: relapse prevention, educational groups, a year-long social support group and individual counseling.
We also offer the SAMHSA Targeted Capacity Expansion Program for Substance Abuse Treatment and HIV/AIDS Services program which is designed to increases access to HIV testing, substance abuse treatment and mental health services for high risk populations living on Skid Row, principally African-American and Latino homeless men and women. This Los Angeles-based program is operated in partnership with the JWCH Institute.
Our clients always started out as someone’s son or daughter, and often have siblings and even children they have been separated from. Helping them reconnect in healthy ways with their family can improve stability and help with their long-term self-sufficiency. Where appropriate, we support our graduating clients to regain custody of children who are in foster care. Learn more about Project Fatherhood now.
The Clinical Services department has an established Intern Training program for MSW, MFT and PsyD graduate students at UCLA, USC, Cal State Long Beach and Los Angeles and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Mental Health Treatment
Our on-site Clinical Services department offers individual and group therapy sessions to our clients, focusing on issues such as trauma, domestic violence and substance abuse. Our mental health team helps individuals establish and maintain personal goals, and to develop a healthy, independent lifestyle free of the debilitating effects of mental illness and addictions.
The Weingart Center also hosts a Mental Health Specialized Shelter as an as-needed program for people using the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health’s services.
Our partners at Exodus Recovery operate this short-term housing program for people with mental health concerns.