Located in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles, Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center has been serving the community since 1953, when it first opened as a small 12-bed facility. Then in 1961 it expanded with a new campus to include 55 beds in the acute psychiatric center and up to 72 residential treatment beds. Its intention is to provide adults and adolescents who are struggling with severe mental illness and/or addiction and co-occurring disorders with comprehensive, wrap around care. Programming can include group and individual therapy sessions, psychiatric evaluations, medication management and transitional life skills classes.
The hospital campus is situated near Dodgers Stadium in a quiet and park like setting. Clients share bedrooms and have private bathrooms en suite. The rooms are simply furnished with a dresser and closet, and all linens are provided by the facility. There are some common areas of the building, like an entertainment area with a TV, and cafeteria. For the most part the men and women are separated during their time in treatment. Additionally there are meetings rooms, classrooms and offices on campus, and the grounds themselves have walking trails and quiet areas for reflection.
Treatment and Staff
Gateways offers a variety of programs for a number of people who are in need of behavioral health support. There are specialty services geared specifically towards those who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless due to a mental illness. There are also outpatient treatments at the main facility for adolescents as well as services for those who are recently exiting the justice system. Treatment consists of education and public outreach programs to address not only the underlying mental illness problem, but also for medical issues, shelter placement and case management.
The Wellness Program is for adult men and women who are currently living independently and need a maintenance service. This program includes group therapy and social rehabilitation sessions, and extras like vocational assistance. Additionally the forensic services offer therapy, home therapy, periodic assessment, drug testing, and workshops.
Treatment is individualized and rooted in evidence-based practices. Therapeutic modalities include CBT, DBT, EMDR and trauma-informed care. Programming also integrates elements of the 12 steps. Anger management, relapse prevention and coping skills are incorporated as well.
There are over 350 employees throughout the various Gateways locations. Staff includes LCSWs, LMFTs, psychiatrists, psychologists, nursing staff, case aides, peer support staff and residential technicians.
The Wellness Program has a computer lab for clients to use at their convenience. There are also family programs for loved ones of these programs that includes psychoeducation and community resources.
Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center is a non-profit with a number of services that aim to get men and women back on their feet and into the community. There are an array of transitional programs and support for not only the individual but also their families and loved ones. For the Los Angeles recovery community at large, this is a great resource.
Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center Location
1891 Effie St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center Cost
Sliding scale. Medicaid accepted along with private insurance. Reach Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center by phone at (323) 644-2000. Find Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center on Facebook
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