AMANECER COMMUNITY COUNSELING SERVICE A NON-PROFIT CORPORATION

When we help one, we help all.

Los Angeles, CA   |  www.AmanecerLA.org

Mission

Our mission is to deliver compassionate, innovative mental health services that empower individuals and families to overcome barriers and significant life challenges to achieve more fulfilling, resilient and self-sufficient lives.

Ruling year info

1977

Executive Director

Ms. Teddie Valenzuela

Main address

1200 Wilshire Blvd Suite 400

Los Angeles, CA 90017 USA

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Formerly known as

Community Counseling Service of Los Angeles, Inc.

EIN

95-3076578

NTEE code info

Community Mental Health Center (F32)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many of the under-served populations in Downtown Los Angeles and its surrounding areas do not have access to mental health services; additionally, many people do not even realize that their issues warrant these types of services. Stigma and socioeconomic status play a large role in the lack of service seeking, but even those who do seek services often fail to remain active in them because they are not individualized and can take years to work.Amanecer clients live in Central and Downtown Los Angeles. In FY2017-18, 87% of children served lived within QueensCare’s Primary and Secondary Service Areas (37% in PSA; 50% in SSA). The ethnic breakdown is 90% Latino, 5% African-American/Asian, and 5% Other. Gender is approximately 50% male/female. Clients range in age from 0-18; many are mono-lingual Spanishspeaking and new immigrants. Although ages vary, each child has experienced a major traumatic life event or is struggling with trauma-related symptoms (e.g., depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc.)

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Evidenced-Based Programs

Amanecer seeks creative ways to help our clients reach their goals. The best evidence-based practices are available for children struggling with trauma and behavioral problems. Therapists can pace sessions based on the client’s need.

Population(s) Served

The team assesses the child’s needs and current living environment then links the child with mental health services – and/or medical, education or special needs services, if necessary – and connects the child with an appropriate family member to avoid foster placement.

Population(s) Served

Children and families that are involved with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and Juvenile Court, and are at risk of separation can take advantage of our Family Preservation program.

The goal is to keep families together by strengthening their basic support systems and helping them learn coping strategies. A specialized team works with the family to provide a safety net of care until they are stabilized

Population(s) Served

For many children and families, accessing services through a clinic is not always possible due to cultural stigma, physical difficulties, geographic restrictions or transportation issues. Field Capable Clinical Services (FCCS) help overcome these challenges by providing mental health services in homes, schools, juvenile camps and foster care settings.

Population(s) Served

Wraparound is a program that "wraps" a team of individuals around a child in need of intensive counseling services 24 hours a day. The team includes family, friends, teachers, care-givers, professional counselors in addition to county agencies providing funding and oversight.

Population(s) Served

Amanecer collaborates with the Los Angeles Unified School District, to provide mental health services for children in 16 schools in downtown Los Angeles.

Our case managers and therapists work directly with counseling staff at each school to identify students in need, provide appropriate services and monitor their progress. Students can also be referred to other programs at Amanecer, including family counseling, when needed.

Population(s) Served

CityScape is Amanecer’s innovative therapeutic arts program for children challenged by severe emotional and behavioral problems.

Music, dance, visual arts, drama and other creative formats are combined with group therapy to help strengthen a child’s emotional intelligence, increase self-esteem, and improve social and academic functioning.

CityScape can be an adjunct therapy to a child’s treatment plan or used as a “stand alone” therapy. Its unique utilization of Amanecer’s bilingual/bicultural therapists and the artistic talents of community artists effectively addresses a range of children’s mental health issues.

The program is offered at the Children’s Clinic in a vibrant space designed to nurture creativity and support the therapeutic experience.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of youth receiving services (e.g., groups, skills and job training, etc.) with youths living in their community

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients who report adequate access to services

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average youth self-rating of functioning and coping skills

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people who received clinical mental health care

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients who report adequate culturally appropriate services

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients who report adequate participation in their own treatment

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people who received presentations on healthy relationships

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Amanecer Community Counseling Services strives to provide quality mental health services to the under-served populations of Downtown Los Angeles and its surrounding areas. We provide easily-accessible services to adults and children in the Downtown Los Angeles area that are individualized to meet the patient's needs exactly. Schools, hospitals, clinics, and law enforcement offices refer clients to ACCS and based on their case, we enroll them in the program that will provide the client with their best chance of improvement in the shortest, but most effective, amount of time.

Amanecer uses individual-focused, trauma-informed evidence-based practices in order to ensure that every single client has the fastest and most effective services available. Our therapists and clinicians are all trained to deal with grief, acting out behaviors, suicidality, depression, anxiety, domestic violence, trauma-related behavior and cognitive disorders in a way that makes clients feel like they have the authority and autonomy to curate their progress.

Since our founding more than 40 years ago, Amanecer has remained steadfast in its commitment to the Latino population in Central and Downtown Los Angeles. Long before terms such as cultural competency were a part of everyday vernacular, Amanecer was engaged in the practice of providing mental health services to Latino clients in a way that was sensitive and meaningful. Over the years, that practice has evolved into a staff that is 85% Latino and 86% fluent in at least two languages, Spanish and English. We continue to actively recruit and retain a workforce that reflects the population we serve.

The agency’s commitment to the Central American immigrant community extends back decades to our roots serving Salvadoran and Guatemalan immigrants fleeing civil wars, army death squads, guerrilla fighters and other violence. As UMC began arriving with similar stories of violence, Amanecer leadership was quick to respond. Alliances were formed with social services, advocacy groups, nonprofit law firms, churches, and government agencies to address the children’s immediate needs. Amanecer’s swift response to this humanitarian crisis rose from a deep understanding of the people involved and the ability to provide language and cultural accessibility to trauma-informed therapy and case management services.

Our Promotoras Program provides similar accessibility for victims of domestic violence, many of whom are impoverished, monolingual Spanish-speaking, new immigrant women with children. Promotoras serve as educators and advocates for women in our domestic violence program; providing healthcare information, support and understanding that is grounded in respect for Latino traditions and heritage. Every aspect of our domestic violence program is language-accessible; from parenting and life skills training, to employment services, legal and courtroom advocacy. This is especially significant as immigrant women often suffer higher rates of battering than U.S. citizens; and when attempting to flee, rarely have access to bilingual shelters, financial assistance, and court and police interpreters. Our ability to address the cultural issues impacting domestic violence has saved lives and helped break the cycle of violence in families.

Our team is highly trained in EBPs and

*Implementation of Tele-Psychiatry/Tele-Health Program to provide remote psychiatric services and patient monitoring for high need clients with challenging barriers to care. Psychiatrist collects/tracks client data, including medications, while clients remain in their homes or care facilities, which reduces missed treatment sessions. Program is expanding to case managers who will utilize the same technology to work with clients*8 Amanecer’s website now includes an online referral tool *or both Adult & Children’s Clinics and School-Based Services. The technology creates easy access for our referral sources and prospective clients and is the first-of-its-kind for LAUSD. Students are directly linked to Amanecer for services and, since its launch 9 months ago, enrollment has increased 32%. *School-Based Services are demonstrating outcomes that include significant improvements in clients’ school attendance, class behavior, communication skills, and decreases in aggressive behaviors.*The First Step Forward, Amanecer’s flagship CalWORKS Domestic Violence Program was honored by the LA County Board of Supervisors for Excellence in Service to the community. *Partnership with Covenant House provides on-site mental health services and peer support groups for Transition-Age Youth (TAY). For 2+ years, clinicians have provided services to TAY in a familiar and safe environment. A second therapist was recently added to serve more youth. Amanecer currently has the highest number of Lanterman Petris Short (LPS) team members available, within our DMH area. The 6 LPS-trained clinicians serve the community and Amanecer clients through our Full-Service Partnership (FSP) Program, which provides intensive crisis/intervention services and a commitment to do “whatever it takes” to help clients progress toward recovery and wellness.
Outreach to two law firm clinics resulted in partnerships with both firms and the launch of a direct referral system exclusively with Amanecer for children appearing in Children’s Court who require therapy for trauma, depression and serious behavioral issues.
Prevention & Early Intervention (PEI) team members are now trained/certified in evidence-based, trauma-informed practices, including Seeking Safety, Individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and Problem-Solving Treatment for short-term preventative care.
Crisis safety plans for families in our Recovery, Resilience, & Reintegration (RRR) Program are decreasing the intensity and frequency of family chaos/dysfunction. Families are utilizing case managers and Parent Partners to secure housing, and access food banks and legal assistance. Outcomes for adults in RRR include improved compliance with medications/therapy and decreases in hospitalizations/suicidal ideation.
Successful outcomes for children/families in our 24/7 Wraparound Program include family reunification, improved coping skills, fewer crisis situations, and increased family empowerment.
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AMANECER COMMUNITY COUNSELING SERVICE A NON-PROFIT CORPORATION

Board of directors
as of 7/13/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Maria Lopez

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Term: 2018 -

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