In 2005, the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funded the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health to create Project ABC. The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Children’s Institute, Inc. and the USC School of Social Work developed a system of care in the Los Angeles County Metro (SPA4) region. These partners offered expert training and consultation, leadership in advocacy and policy changes, and put together many educational and support materials for use by service providers and families with children from birth through age five.
With the success of that partnership as our base, and continued support from SAMHSA, we shifted our efforts to focus on the South Bay, Long Beach and Inglewood (SPA8) communities. Our partners included For the Child, Pacific Asian Counseling Services and TIES for Families as well as our ongoing collaboration with DMH, DCFS, CII and USC.
Now, in our third phase, we are applying what we have learned and expanded into South Los Angeles and neighboring communities (SPA 6) in partnership with El Centro del Pueblo and Shields for Families and USC
The families continue to be offered a range of specialized and evidence-based services proven to strengthen infant-adult relationships and reduce the impact of traumatic exposure for children and their families. And we continue to provide interdisciplinary trainings and to work for systems improvement.