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LA County Dept. of Mental Health Director on the biggest challenges ahead, and his plans for tackling them

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The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health is the largest in the nation, serving nearly 250,000 patients every year.

And this year, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors appointed Dr. Jonathan Sherin to lead the department, which faces challenges ranging from cultural stigmas surrounding seeking mental health services to the difficulty of helping homeless people who suffer from mental illness.

We sit down with Dr. Sherin to discuss some of the biggest issues that he’ll be tackling as the new head, including:


Jonathan Sherin, M.D., director of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health; he tweets @directorLACDMH