Transforming LA Through Partnership

 LA County Department of Mental Health, Center for Strategic Parternships, Chief Executive Office County of Los Angeles, Community Partners


Transforming LA: Application Deadline Extended

In an effort to provide additional support to CBOs that are still in the process of joining the DMH Master Agreement List, the deadline to apply for Transforming LA has been extended to May 11, 2020. As a result, we expect to make final cohort selections in June 2020 and the begin the Core Training Sessions in July.

We acknowledge that qualifying for the DMH Master Agreement List is a significant commitment, and want to allow additional time for agencies to complete all requirements necessary. In the interim, hands-on training sessions will be offered to guide agencies through the process of completing the Master Agreement Statement of Qualifications. Once sessions have been finalized, details will be shared on this website. 

A member of our team will be in touch with agencies that have already completed the Transforming LA application to discuss next steps. 


Transforming LA Overview

On May 29, 2018, the LA County Board of Supervisors (Board) directed the Chief Executive Office (CEO) and the Department of Mental Health (DMH) in consultation with the Auditor Controller (A-C), the Center for Strategic Partnerships (CSP) and a cross-section of stakeholder organizations to develop recommendations for establishing a Community Based Mental Health Incubation Academy (Academy). The Academy will provide mentorship, training, and technical assistance to small and mid-sized grassroots community-based organizations (CBOs) interested in providing prevention services to the County’s most vulnerable residents within the communities they are geographically located.

Overall Objectives

  • To create partnerships with grass-roots CBOs that have cultural expertise and their community’s trust to create additional access points to mental health services to historically unserved, underserved and hard to reach communities;
  • To create a public-private partnership (County Departments, CSP, stakeholders) that aims to provide funding, mentorship, training, and technical assistance to grass-roots CBOs to support these organizations in building their internal infrastructure, workforce, and sustainability to provide prevention services in communities indigenous to them; and
  • To develop and administer an initiative that would serve as a pipeline for identifying CBOs that have been trained and are eligible to seek funding opportunities to provide ongoing prevention services on behalf of the County and receive ongoing assistance and technical support

Eligibility Requirements

The selection of agencies will involve an application review process that considers specific criteria, that include but are not limited to the following:

  • Approved to be on the DMH Master Agreement List;
  • No previous DMH County contracts;
  • Current provision of prevention-related services and/or a viable proposal for providing prevention- related services within their surrounding community;
  • Current or proposed services for a County identified vulnerable population and/or identified service gap within a specific geographic area;
  • Demonstrated involvement in community engagement activities and knowledge of the community they are serving or proposing to serve;
  • Demonstrated organizational readiness to become a DMH contractor following the completion of the Academy;
  • Organizational budget of $1 million or less

Important Dates

October – November 2019: Master Agreement List Trainings

October – December 2019: District-specific Orientations

January 2020: Online application opens

Monday, February 10, 2020: Application Deadline

March 2020: Organizations Selected

April – June 2020: Intensive Training Sessions

July 2020 – June 2021: Implementation of Short-Term Projects