The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health is tasked to serve the most chronically, persistently mentally ill persons in the Country.
Pros: good health benefits
Cons: management, leadership and morale is poor
Working for Full Service Partnership (FSP) SKID ROW, Department of Mental Health in Los Angeles County is a difficult job. The work days are highly stressful and thankless. What I've learned from working in this position is no matter had hard one works, nothing truly gets accomplished because of culture of service delivery. Poor behaviors and low functionality of the patients serviced are enabled and perpetuated for the appearance of high productivity numbers and immediate outcomes. When in fact, the percentage of persons actually benefiting from the MHSA funded services is quite low. Approximately 5% if that. My co-workers are efficient hard workers for the most part, each of them suffering from some mental impairment or disorder of their own which impacts the ability to service the patients of the County. The hardest part of the job is encountering the SKID ROW residents/patients who are usually malodorous, sometimes infected with bugs and parasites and are actively psychotic. A difficult close second hard part is dealing with temperamental and biased management staff. The most enjoyable part of the job has been being party to the mental health recovery successes of the 5% or so who have been able to overcome the many barriers of having mental illness and being chronically homeless.