A Summary of Findings for the Los Angeles County 241.1 Multidisciplinary Team

Technical Report


Denise C. Herz, Ph.D.
California State University, Los Angeles

Per a motion on March 12, 2013 by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) was instructed, in conjunction with the Directors of the Departments of Mental Health (DMH), Public Health (DPH), Probation, and Children and Family Services (DCFS) to implement the 241.1 Crossover Youth project recommendations and report annually on evaluation measures identified in the CEO's November 2012 report.

The 241.1 Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) began as a pilot program in the Pasadena delinquency courts in May 2007 under a Crossover Committee (an interdisciplinary committee tasked with improving the 241.1 process in Los Angeles County) convened and led by Judge Michael Nash. The 241.1 MDT approach evolved from the 241.1 Protocol developed by Judge Nash and the Crossover Committee in 1998 and was implemented countywide in 2012.

Although some level of data has been collected for the 241.1 MDT since 2007, an institutionalized, web-based system was not in place until 2013 following the passage of the Board Motion to support the addition of DMH psychiatric social workers for the 241.1 MDT. The current data collection effort on which this report is based was led by a 241.1 Data Subcommittee composed of the following representatives (NOTE: a few of the original members listed below were promoted and moved into different assignments):

  • DCFS: Wilhelmina Bradley (241.1 Unit), Marcelino Ramos (Bureau of Information
  • Services) and several representatives from the DCFS Education Unit including
  • William Cochrane, Tran Ly, Patricia Armani, Denise Prybylla, and Gerardo Beltran
  • Probation Department: Michael Verner, Suzanne Lyles, Mirsha Gomez, and Delores
  • Bryant-White
  • Department of Mental Health (DMH): Nancy Gilbert
  • California State University—Los Angeles: Denise Herz and Carly Dierkhising
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