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AIDS California 800-922-2437 HIV/AIDS Prevention 866-722-2365
Alcoholics Anonymous 323-936-4343 Mothers Against Drunk Driving 800-426-6233
Anger Management 818-704-8116 Narcotics Anonymous 818-997-3822
Anxiety/Agoraphobia 805-388-3857 National Runaway 800-231-6946
Battered Women 800-548-2722 Overeater's Anonymous 661-789-5806
Child Abuse Hotline & Reporting 800-540-4000 PFLAG 661-632-2510
Children of the Night 818-908-4470 Pregnancy, Infant, SIDS Loss & Post-abortion Recovery Hotline 800-538-8711
Cocaine Hotline 800-262-2463 Rape and Battering Hotline 310-392-8381
Domestic Violence Hotline 800-978-3600 SAFE (Self-abuse) Hotline 800-366-8288
Domestic Violence Outreach Group 661-723-7772 Sexual Assault 800-723-7273
Elder Abuse Hotline 800-992-1660 Suicide Hotline 800-748-2433
Gamblers Anonymous 213-386-8789 Suicide Prevention Center 310-391-1253
Gay & Lesbian Hotline 888-843-4564 Victim-Witness Assistance Program 213-485-6976
Girls & Boys Town Hotline 800-448-3000    
Domestic Violence Shelter 661-945-6736 Shelter Hotlines (LA County)
Underage Teen Shelter 323-469-2946 San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission (13424 Saticoy St., North Hollywood, CA) 818-785-4020
Winter Shelter Hotline 800-548-6047    

Alcoholics Anonymous - Santa Clarita Valley Central Office
Local residents of the SCV now have a place to go find the help they need if they or someone close to them has problems with drinking alcohol. Alcoholics Anonymous has opened a resource/call center in the Santa Clarita Valley called the Santa Clarita Valley Central Office of Alcoholics Anonymous.  The answering service is available 24 hours a day.  The phone number is 661-250-9922.  Local volunteers who all have also recovered are manning the phones to insure that people get the help when they need it.  Further information about alcoholism and a complete directory of local A.A. meetings can be found at the official website of the SCV Central Office of A.A. at: www.aascv.org

A free discussion & play group for parents in the Santa Clarita Valley who practice Attachment Parenting, in part or in whole. For additional information, please call (661) 250-3708, or e-mail scoronel@santa-clarita.com. www.scyouthandfamily.com.

American Red Cross
A humanitarian organization that offers vital disaster relief assistance, health and safety training, international tracing services, services for military families, youth services, blood and tissue services, and volunteer opportunities to serve the community. www.redcross.org

Bill Hart District of the Western Los Angeles County Council of Boy Scouts of America
Providing boys 1st grade and higher and girls (over 14) the opportunity to build citizenship 101, gain leadership skills, learn about the world we live in, develop skills for outdoor activities ranging from camping to Sailplane flying. www.billhartdistrict.org

Blue Shadows Mounted Drill Team
This organization was founded in 1957 and is dedicated to both teaching children ages 9-16 about horses and riding and also allowing them to be part of a team while learning responsibility and leadership. www.blueshadows.org

Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley
Our mission is to inspire and enable young people to reach their full potential as responsible, productive, healthy and caring citizens. We provide opportunities for young people to learn, explore, participate and contribute, as well as support that nurtures and helps them as they grow. www.scvboysandgirlsclub.org

Castaic Community Website
On-line community information for the Castaic area. www.castaicareatowncouncil.org

Child and Family Center of Santa Clarita
Providing quality mental health, behavioral and educational services for children and families in Santa Clarita since 1976. Dedicated to helping children, adults and families reach their full potential for becoming caring, responsible individuals. 661-259-9439; www.childfamilycenter.org

Community Tennis Association of Santa Clarita
The Community Tennis Association of Santa Clarita is a non-profit association associated with the United States Tennis Association. The CTA is dedicated to developing tennis in Santa Clarita including junior development, tournaments and activities for both adults and juniors and advocating for the construction of sufficient public courts in Santa Clarita to sustain growth. www.scvtennis.net

Domestic Violence Center
The Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley, promoting and preserving non-violent, non-abusive family systems. 661-259-HELP. PO Box 220037 - Newhall, CA 91322 (661-259-8175 non-emergency)

Department of Military and Veterans Affairs - Los Angeles County
The Los Angeles County Department of Military and Veterans Affairs offers services, information and assistance from their Santa Clarita office. Contact Ruben Trejo at 661-254-0070. http://dmva.co.la.ca.us

Family Promise
Our mission is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence. www.familypromisescv.org. 661-251-2867

Foundation for Childrens Dental Health
The Foundation for Childrens Dental Health is a non-profit organization dedicated to provide dental care to the underserved and unserved school children in the Santa Clarita Valley who would not otherwise have these services available to them. http://www.1smileatatime.org

The Friend Factory Workshop
Fun, creative social skills games aimed directly to our children (ages 8-10) who have troubles making/keeping friends due to psychological disorders that impair them from knowing the common social cues necessary. All activities promote communication, learning the give/take friendship concepts, taming their dominance, self confidence to engage in play and communication with their peers, empathy, and appreciating each others uniqueness. For more information please contact Tonya Barrett at (661) 373-8205.

Gay and Lesbian Association of Santa Clarita
News and information about the association's activities. http://glasc.com

Guide to Living in Santa Clarita
A helpful guide for residents of the Santa Clarita Valley. http://www.santaclaritaguide.com

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital
Since 1973, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital (HMNMH) has been an integral part of the Santa Clarita Valley, committed to providing a wide range of services to our beautiful, growing community. www.henrymayo.com

Holistic Moms Network
The Holistic Moms Network is a non-profit support and discussion network for moms with an interest in natural/holistic and alternative health and parenting. Our goal is to develop a thriving local community of holistic parents with a wide range of interests. The Santa Clarita Valley Chapter will offer monthly meetings every first Tuesday of the month on a variety of natural health and parenting topics as well as activities such as playgroups for new moms (and other events for not so new moms). For more information please contact Sarah Outlaw at sjoutlaw@ca.rr.com. www.holisticmoms.org 

International MOMS Club in Santa Clarita
MOMS Clubs in Santa Clarita Santa Clarita is home to more than a dozen MOMS Clubs, which are part of an international group of more than 2,000 chapters. The MOMS Club is a support group designed for at-home mothers. Most activities are conducted during the day and include playgroups, outings, fitness activities, park play times and other events to support moms and their children. Visit the international Web site to locate the chapter near you. The MOMS Club is a nonprofit organization and a registered public support charity. www.momsclub.org

La Leche League of Santa Clarita
La Leche League International (LLLI) is a nonprofit organization that gives support and information to women on breastfeeding their babies. Mothers who are motivated to participate or are interested in breastfeeding their babies are encouraged to attend one or more of the monthly meetings in Valencia. Breastfeeding is a simple and natural process, but you may need support and information on the correct positioning of the baby at the breast, working and breastfeeding, avoiding problems, and overcoming any difficulties that may occur. More information can be found at the link above. http://www.lllusa.org/web/SantaClaritaCA.html

Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Childrens Cancer
A community-based volunteer organization providing support services to local children diagnosed with cancer and their families. http://www.mhf.org

Placerita Canyon Nature Center
Acres of pristine land and miles of beautiful forest trails, a seasonal stream all close to everyone in Santa Clarita. A wide range of nature programs for all ages and plenty of parking and all for free. Lots of opportunities for volunteers. If you love nature you need to be here! Contact us at our web site or emailplaceritainfo@earthlink.net. www.placerita.org

Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers, Inc.
At Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers, Inc., patient care is our vision. The staff at our centers are dedicated to making quality health care services available to everyone in the Santa Clarita Valley who is under- and uninsured. We provide convenient, affordable health care to residents of the Santa Clarita Valley through the operation of three health centers (Canyon Country, Newhall and Val Verde) and two outreach locations (California Institute of the Arts and College of the Canyons) designed to meet the health care needs of the community. http://www.sdfhc.org

Santa Clarita Adult Day Health Care
At Santa Clarita Adult Day Health Care our goal is to maximize your loved one's independence and self esteem and to prevent unnecessary placement in a nursing home or other institution. We are dedicated to providing services to adults 18 plus with physical or cognitive impairment, traumatic brain injury, the frail elderly, including those with the early stages of Alzheimer's or other dementia, stroke patients and others requiring therapeutic activity, socialization or nursing observation. Our program is staffed by trained professionals Including nurses clinical social workers, physical occupational and speech therapist, recreation therapists, dieticians and pharmacists. Continental breakfast, full hot nutritional lunch and afternoon snack is served. Medi-cal may cover 100% of the program. http://www.picf.org/landing_pages/25

Santa Clarita Artists' Association Web Page
The Santa Clarita Artists' Association is a non-profit organization located in the Santa Clarita Valley that promotes visual arts and administers a scholarship program for seniors in the Wm. S. Hart High School District. http://www.santaclaritaartists.org

Santa Clarita Runners
An active club that supports running and running-related events in the Santa Clarita Valley. http://www.scrunners.org

Santa Clarita Special Olympics
The mission of the Santa Clarita Special Olympics, an area program of Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC), is to provide sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for special children and adults in our community. http://www.sosc.org/page.aspx?pid=313

Santa Clarita Valley Astronomy Club
Join "The Local Group" to figure out what's going on in the sky. http://www.lgscv.org

Santa Clarita Valley Coalition
The Santa Clarita Valley Disaster Coalition (SCVDC) is a volunteer-driven coalition of local organizations, businesses and individuals whose mission is to work together to provide supplemental humanitarian relief assistance during crisis situations in our community, our state, our country. http://www.scvcoalition.org/index.php

Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry
The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry is a nonprofit, Nonsectarian community-based (Volunteer) Organization Dedicated to the distribution of food to people in need who qualify on a short-term supplemental basis. Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry. 24133 Railroad Avenue, Newhall, CA 91321
Belinda Crawford, Executive Director Phone (661) 255-9078; Fax (661) 255-2331

Santa Clarita Valley Moms Club
A brand new social network connecting Moms in throughout the Santa Clarita Valley, including: Castaic, Santa Clarita, Canyon Country, Newhall, Newhall Ranch, Saugus, Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Sunset Pointe, Tesoro, Val Verde, and Westridge. Membership is completely free. http://www.scvalleymommies.com

Santa Clarita Valley Mother of Twins Club
"Ours is an organization of support and we hope you'll join us in sharing information and enjoying the kinship we all have as being mothers of multiples." http://www.scvmotc.org

Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center
The SCV Senior Center is a multipurpose center dedicated to independence, dignity, and quality of life for our senior citizens and the community at large. The Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center enhances independence, dignity and quality of life through community resource management and coordination, advocacy, and a full spectrum of direct quality services. 22900 Market Street, Santa Clarita, CA 91321; (661) 259-9444

Santa Clarita Youth Guide and Resource Center
Santa Clarita Valley's only bimonthly magazine dedicated to youth and youth activities. Youths can utilize a Resource Center that offers information on various activities going on in the Valley. http://www.santa-clarita.com/index.aspx?page=451

SCV Mom's Blog
SCVMomsBlog.com is the ultimate destination for Santa Clarita moms, dads and caregivers to connect with each other and exchange information and advice. It's also a portal to find local news, reviews and experts, as well as get exclusive deals and offers from local businesses that you can't get anywhere else. http://www.scv-family.com

SCV/Newhall Optimist Club
A service organization known as the "Friend of Youth" devoted to "Bringing Out The Best In Kids". We are a hands on organization and are involved with many different projects such as: Essay contest, Oratorical contest and Junior Blind Olympics. We are also involved with the Optimist Youth Home and Family Services, "Santa's Magic" (program designed to collect food and toys for the needy and to bring Santa to the children of inmates at Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic), Jr.Optimist Clubs in schools, Youth Appreciation, Respect for Law, Kid Print (finger printing of kids) and various other projects that fit the needs of the community.Contact: Victoria Schuetz at 661-755-1424; email: vschuetz@socal.rr.com; Visit our website at www.scv-optimist.org

SCV Jobs Online
SCV Jobs Online can help you find your next job right here in the Santa Clarita Valley. http://www.scvjobsonline.com

SCVAA Warrior Cheer
Official site of the Santa Clarita Valley Warrior Cheerleading Program. http://cheer.scvaa.com

SCVAA Warrior Football
Official site of the Santa Clarita Valley Warrior Football Program. http://football.scvaa.com

SCV Youth Project
We offer youth confidential, nonjudgmental and non-threatening access to the services they need with absolutely no strings attached. http://www.helpnothassle.org

Single Mothers Outreach
Single Mothers Outreach was founded in 1995 as a support and resource for single mothers struggling through the effects of divorce or the death of a spouse. Single Mothers Outreach became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in May 1998. Since then, over 1700 families have been served. http://www.singlemothersoutreach.org

Special Needs Community Calendar
This site is devoted to Parents of children with Special Needs and the Providers of services for those Special Needs. http://scvs.webexone.com/login.asp?loc=&link=

United States Youth Volleyball League
The United States Youth Volleyball League's mission is to provide every child (boys and girls) between the ages of 7 and 14 a chance to learn and play volleyball in a fun, safe, supervised environment. One of the main tenets of the program is to encourage children to do their best with their abilities. With an emphasis on positive reinforcement, the program seeks to build confidence and self-esteem in each child. http://www.usyvl.org

Valencia Recovery Center
A confidential, Intensive Outpatient Chemical Dependency Program at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital for people whose lives have been impacted by alcohol or drugs. Our program features day or evening sessions to accommodate the individuals work and family responsibilities. For more information call Peter Gallway at 661-253-8756 or 888-383-8111 or visit our web site at http://www.valenciahillshr.com

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) The AACAP provides information in an effort to promote an understanding of mental illness and remove the stigma associated with them, to advance efforts in prevention of mental illness, and to assure proper treatment and access to services for children and adolescents. AACAP offers Facts for Families, a series in English and Spanish that includes many briefs on specific mental disorders. http://www.aacap.org

American Psychological Association (APA) The APA is also a fountain of information and support on specific emotional disturbances apa.org/index.aspx

American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry (ASAP) Focusing on teen, adolescence, and young adult issues, ASAP acts both as a professional network for its members and a specialized community dedicated to education development and advocacy of adolescents and the adolescent psychiatry field. 1-972-613-0985 http://adolpsych.org/

Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Model Programs for Substance Abuse Intervention. samhsa.gov/centers/csap/modelprograms

Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) The PBIS Center provides research-based information on how to provide behavioral supports to children who need them.  http://www.pbis.org/

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL): Reviews universal and selected prevention programs for social and emotional learning (SEL). For more information, contact their website: http://www.casel.org.

Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD) The Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD) is the official division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) committed to promoting and facilitating the education and general welfare of children and youth with emotional or behavioral disorders. http://www.ccbd.net/

Directory of Consumer-Driven Services (CDS), a project of the National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse. The purpose of the Directory is to provide consumers, researchers, administrators, service providers, and others with a comprehensive central resource for information on national and local consumer-driven programs. Such programs have a proven track record in helping people recover from mental illnesses. http://www.cdsdirectory.org/

Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health (FFCMH) The Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health is a national family-run organization dedicated to helping children with mental health needs and their families achieve a better quality of life. They work to help policy-makers, agencies, and providers become more effective in delivering services and supports that foster healthy emotional development for all children. http://ffcmh.org/

Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report: Reviews effective preventive interventions across the lifespan: http://www.iom.edu

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NAMI is a support and advocacy organization for individuals involved with severe mental illness. NAMI works to achieve equitable services and treatment for more than 15 million Americans living with severe mental illness and their families. They provide education and support, combat stigma, support increased funding for research and advocate for adequate health insurance, rehabilitation and jobs for people with mental illness and their families. 1.800.950.NAMI Website in English | http://www.nami.org/; Website in Spanish http://tinyurl.com/28rweba

Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) With over a century of advocacy, public education, and the delivery of programs and services, Mental Health America is the country's leading nonprofit dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives. 800.969.6642 http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Colonial Place Three 2107 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300 Arlington, VA 22203-3754 (703) 524-7600; (703) 516-7227 (TTY) (800) 950-6264 Web: http://www.nami.org/

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) The NIMH is the lead Federal agency for research on mental and behavioral disorders. Their mission is to reduce the burden of mental illness and behavioral disorders through research on mind, brain and behavior. National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse 1.800.553.4539 | Phone: 1.866.615.6464. TTY: 1.866.415.8051 http://www.nimh

National Mental Health Association 1021 Prince Street Alexandria, VA 22314-2971 (703) 684-7722 (800) 969-6642 (800) 433-5959 (TTY) Web: http://www.nmha.org/

Office for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention: Blueprints for Violence Prevention Treatments and preventive interventions to address youth aggressive and violent behavior. colorado.edu/cspv/blueprints

Response to Instruction and Intervention (RtI2) cited by the California Department of Education.

Center on Instruction http://centeroninstruction.org/ Site provides a variety of scientifically-based research and information on K-12 instruction including secondary level RtI. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, the center is one of 16 regional USDE Comprehensive Centers.

Doing What Works http://dww.ed.gov/ A sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education dedicated to helping educators identify and make use of effective Web site teaching practices.

IDEA Partnership http://www.ideapartnership.org/ The IDEA Partnership is dedicated to improving outcomes for students and youth with disabilities by joining state agencies and stakeholders through shared work and learning.

National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems http://www.nccrest.org/ Funded by USDE/OSEP, the project targets improvements in culturally responsive practices, early intervention, literacy, and positive behavioral supports.

National Center on Response to Intervention www.rti4success.org The American Institutes for Research and researchers from Vanderbilt University and the University of Kansas -- through funding from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) -- have established the National Center on response to intervention. The Center’s mission is to provide technical assistance to states and districts and building the capacity of states to assist districts in implementing proven models for RTI/EIS.

National Center on Student Progress Monitoring http://www.studentprogress.org/ Funded by a now expired USDE/OSEP grant, the Center continues to maintain their Web site and all its monitoring resources. 

National Research Center for Learning Disabilities http://www.nrcld.org/ Web site offers a variety of RtI resources. Site funded by USDE/OSEP.

Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports http://www.pbis.org/ As title suggests, site offers resources that support the behavioral and discipline systems half of the RtI triangle. Site funded by USDE/OSEP.

Recognition & Response http://www.recognitionandresponse.org/ Web site provides information and resources to help early educators address the needs of young children (3 to 5 year-olds), including RtI.“

RtI Action Network http://www.rtinetwork.org/ This site is dedicated to the effective implementation of Response to Intervention (RtI) in school districts nationwide. The network is a program of the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

Response to Intervention: Policy Considerations and Implementation http://www.nasdse.org The first of a series of guidance documents developed by the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDE) to support RtI implementation. This document has been followed by a series of blueprints: Response to Intervention Blueprints for Implementation: School Building Level; District Level; and Response to Intervention: Research for Practice. The blueprints are free. The policy document must be purchased.

What Works Clearinghouse http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/ An initiative of the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, the site provides practice guides and assessment of the effectiveness of interventions.

IRIS Center http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/index.html Online learning modules designed to translate research about student learning into practice for university and professional development staff. Site is grant funded by USDE-OSEP in partnership with Vanderbilt and Claremont Graduate University.

Schools Moving Up RtI Webinars http://www.schoolsmovingup.net An initiative of WestEd, the site provides ongoing RtI professional development interactive webinars and resources for educators.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) The Center for Mental Health Services at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration leads Federal efforts to treat mental illnesses by promoting mental health and by preventing the development or worsening of mental illness when possible. Congress created CMHS to bring new hope to adults who have serious mental illnesses and to children with serious emotional disorders. Toll-free info line |  1.800.789.2647 Website | http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/

Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health The goal of the Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health is to support the "Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families Program." This grant initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Center for Mental Health Services funds communities in their efforts to successfully develop and implement local systems of care. http://www.tapartnership.org/


For help with a suicidal crisis or other mental health emergency, call
ACCESS at 800-854-7771
TYY for Hearing Impaired 562-651-2549

The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH) operates a psychiatric mobile emergency response system twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week. Emergency services are comprised of several components.

Psychiatric mobile response services emphasize a coordinated approach with the mental health system of care in order to provide local communities with a range of psychiatric and case management services. The components of these services include outreach, assessment and treatment, crisis intervention, consultation, referral and follow-up, psychiatry consultation and medication stabilization and, evaluation of children and adults for civil commitment to acute inpatient psychiatric care.

Psychiatric Mobile Response Teams (PMRT)
Psychiatric Emergency Response Teams (PMRT) is comprised of DMH clinical staff assigned to specific mobile response teams located in the eight Los Angeles County Service Areas (See figure below). Teams have legal authority per Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) 5150 and 5585 to perform evaluations for the involuntary detention of mentally disordered adults and children respectively. PMRT responds to requests for mobile psychiatric services within sixty minutes of the initial referral.

Department of Mental Health - Law Enforcement Teams
The Department of Mental Health has partnered with Los Angeles County, City, and other municipal law enforcement agencies to provide immediate field response to situations involving mentally ill, violent or high-risk individuals. DMH-Law Enforcement teams respond to 911 calls for assistance whenever mental illness is reported or suspected. Teams also respond to requests from PMRT or law enforcement patrol officers for mental health assistance. Current programs include:

  • Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Mental Evaluation Team (MET). The teams are comprised of a trained deputy sheriff and a mental health clinician. Services include crisis intervention, referrals, and follow-up to people with mental illness.

Los Angeles Police Department Systemwide Mental Assessment Response Team (SMART). The SMART teams consist of Los Angeles Police Department officers and mental health clinicians. The Teams assess persons and families experiencing a mental health crisis by assisting field patrol officers in the rapid response to persons suspected of having a mental illness.

  • Long Beach Police Department Mental Evaluation Team (Long Beach MET). Teams are comprised of a Long Beach Police Officer and a mental health clinician who respond to 911 requests regarding a psychiatric or emotional crisis.
  • Pasadena Police Department Homeless Outreach Psychiatric Evaluations (Project HOPE). The HOPE teams respond to radio calls for service involving the homeless or anyone experiencing a psychiatric crisis in the city of Pasadena. Services include homeless outreach, follow-up, referrals, and crisis intervention.
  • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority Crisis Response Unit (MTA-CRU). The team combines a Sheriff Deputy with a mental health clinician that respond to calls for service involving anyone experiencing a psychiatric crisis on bus, rail, or any other MTA property. The teams also provide homeless outreach services and crisis response to traumatic incidents on bus or rail lines throughout LA County.

Psychiatric Emergency Teams (PET)
Psychiatric Emergency Teams (PET) are mobile response teams based in and operated by psychiatric hospitals approved by the Department of Mental Health to provide 5150 and 5585 evaluations. Team members are licensed mental health clinicians. PET operates similar to PMRT and provides additional resources in specific geographical regions.

Homeless Outreach Teams (HOT)
Homeless Outreach Teams (HOT) are comprised of DMH staff dedicated to immediate field response involving mentally ill homeless persons at risk for incarceration or involuntary hospitalization. HOT serves to increase the likelihood of effective outcomes for the homeless mentally ill person in situations when he or she encounters law enforcement personnel.

Emergency Response Teams (ERT)
Emergency Response Teams (ERT) are comprised of DMH staff specialized in providing field response to critical incidents such as school violence, earthquakes, or acts of terror. ERT provides on-scene consultation and crisis intervention services to survivors and their families, victims, first responders, and the community at large. In a major event, ERT collaborates with the Los Angeles County and City Offices of Emergency Management.