Message from Eden
Sharing the AMCS Mission
 
I am constantly amazed at the good work AMCS does. From truly changing the lives of the clients we serve to training the next generation of therapists, AMCS continues to be a leader in community mental health.

One of the most important things we can do is to share what we do with everyone we can. That is one reason we spend so much time promoting our Spring Celebration (it's April 19 and tickets are still available here if you'd like to come) - we want to get the word out about what AMCS does for our community. As you know, our mission is twofold: to provide affordable, community-based mental health services and to train mental health therapists.

At the Spring Celebration, we will premiere another tool to help spread the word - a brand new video starring NBC4 Weathercaster Fritz Coleman and highlighting all that AMCS does to support community mental health in our community.

I hope you will join us in spreading the word about AMCS. Tell your friends. Post on social media using the hashtag #AMCShelps. Let people know that AMCS is here for them. You never know whose life you may help change.   
 
Wishing you nothing but good vibrations,

Eden

Eden Garcia-Balis, LMFT
CEO

DeeDee Hoffman
Profile of Our Clinical Director

Clinical Director Diana "DeeDee" Hoffman, Ph.D., has worked in community mental health for 23 years, including 12 years of working with the homeless and mentally ill, during which time she not only provided direct services, but operated short-term residential facilities and supervised training therapists.

At AMCS, DeeDee's contributions have been indispensable. She has supervised nearly all of the tracks AMCS offers for training therapists and has personally worked with more than 150 therapists through the Step-by-Step program - a 12-week training program that includes experiential role playing and offers therapists the opportunity to take what they have learned in the classroom and translate it to the real world.

"I love my job and the clinic, and I think most people know that," DeeDee said. "We set a high standard for training and we're helping to train a really high level of therapists."

Psychiatry Program
AMCS Provides Low-Cost Services

The AMCS Psychiatry program is available for low-income clients and includes diagnosis, medication and monitoring. The goal of the program is to improve or maintain our clients functioning and therefore reduce the chances of hospitalization or homelessness. AMCS therapists are trained to identify clients requiring psychiatric services. There is a high need for low-cost psychiatric services throughout Los Angeles County. The combination of medication and psychotherapy is often the most effective treatment for certain clients. AMCS assures all clients who may require these services have access to see our psychiatrists and receive a medication evaluation, treatment and monitoring. 
 
There are many clients who are seen at AMCS who have significant mental illness such as Schizophrenia or Bi-Polar Disorder. These clients are often uninsured and do not have the financial means to seek private therapy. They turn to AMCS, where we offer quality professional services based on household income. Most of these clients have been ill for a substantial period of time, and they are grateful to AMCS for providing low-cost, high-quality services, which often help keep them from being hospitalized or becoming homeless. 
 
If you would like more information on the services AMCS provides, please click here

The Guild Corner
Join Us for Spring Tea

The Westchester Mental Health Guild is a nonprofit volunteer organization with more than 200 members, formed in 1962 to promote AMCS, raise funds for the clinic and promote the AMCS mission of providing affordable mental health care in our community.

We have a special relationship with the Guild and enjoy partnering with them on a variety of events throughout the year. One of those events is coming up soon.

On Saturday, April 14, the Guild will hold its annual Spring Tea, beginning at 1pm at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Westchester. You'll want to participate in the Guild's hat contest, a prize raffle and even shop at their Spring Boutique - all for a good cause!

For more information, please contact Ylla DeLeon at ylladeleon16@yahoo.com