The first non-profit outpatient mental health clinic in Los Angeles County, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services was founded to help adults cope with the effects of the Great Depression. Over the years, we have evolved in response to the needs of our increasingly complex community.
Through the leadership and generosity of Didi and I. Kingdon Hirsch, in 1974 we became one of the first federally approved community mental health centers in greater Los Angeles. With this designation came a commitment to offer community education, clinic-based treatment and residential care to people of all ages. We subsequently were renamed to honor Didi Hirsch’s leadership in this expansion.
With almost 70 years of experience, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services provides mental health support, substance abuse treatment and suicide prevention. Each year, Didi Hirsch helps over 70,000 children, adults, older adults and families wherever they are needed – at our 11 centers, in more than 60 schools, from Pacoima to Los Angeles to Orange County and points in between.
We offer a wide range of services through five divisions - Adult Services, Child and Family Services, Substance Abuse Services, Suicide Prevention and Training. Services include crisis intervention and stabilization, counseling, residential treatment, case management, youth-at-risk and family reinforcement programs, delinquency prevention programs, substance abuse treatment and prevention, and extensive community outreach. As a member of the Lifeline Network, we also operate the only free, accredited, 24-hour, seven-days-a-week, suicide prevention crisis line from Orange County to Santa Barbara.