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Services for Patrons with Mental Disabilities



National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Torrance
P.O. Box 5295
Voice: (310) 533-0705
Internet web site:

Comprised completely of volunteers who are dedicated to supporting their ill family member and other families who reside in the South Bay and are struggling with mental illness. NAMI offers a positive support group and the latest information available to families touched by diseases such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, affective disorders and other mental illnesses. Monthly support meetings, additional caring and sharing groups, Family to Family Education Program, and AMI/ABLE program (see below) in conjunction with the Department of Mental Health at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. Office is staffed Monday, Wednesday & Fridays between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Leave message on machine for return call at other than stated office hours.

Salvation Army - Adult Day Care
4223 Emerald St.
Torrance, CA 90503
Voice: (310) 370-4515
Internet web site:

Warm and loving atmosphere combined with activities designed to stretch seniors mentally, socially and physically. Adult Day Care is offered at Torrance center Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Individual schedules vary depending on need. Caregivers Support Group meets the third Tuesday of each month from 5-6 p.m.

AMI/ABLE (A Better Life Endeavor)
AMI/ABLE is an integrated services program designed to provide comprehensive services to patrons with severe and persistent mental disorders. Offers a broad range of services to patients and their families including pharmacology, intensive case management, social skill training, employment services, general medicine care, substance abuse treatment, and psychotherapy.

Greater South Bay and Los Angeles:

Alzheimer's Association of Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernadino Counties
5900 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1700
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Voice: (323) 938-3379
Fax: (323) 938-1036
Internet web site:

The Alzheimer's Association is the national volunteer health agency dedicated to researching the prevention, cure and treatment of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders and to providing support and assistance to afflicted patients and their families.

Voice: (800) 824-6423
Privately operated hotline, free assessments, evaluation, referrals and intervention for individuals with substance abuse or psychiatric issues. 5150 services.

Harbor Free Clinic
599 West 9th St.
San Pedro, CA 90731
Voice: (310) 547-0202
Internet web site:

If your life is a mess of anxiety and you don't know which way to turn, Harbor Free Clinic invites you to sign up for counseling sessions ... Free!

Los Altos Hospital and Mental Health Center
3340 Los Coyotes Diagonal
Long Beach, CA 90808
Voice: (562) 421-9311
Voice: (800) 662-7867 (Crisis Care Line)

Offers a wide range of services and different levels of treatment. Will do free assessments and consultation. Accepts Medi-Medi (and Medi-Cal ONLY if patient is 18-21 years old or over 65). Offer free support groups, therapist-run support groups, in-patient programs, outpatient programs, chemical dependency, depression, etc. Also offer elder care program.

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Crisis Line
550 South Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90020
Voice: (800) 854-7771
Internet web site:

A 24-hour mental health hotline and a list of mental health clinics in the South Bay area.

Los Angeles County Suicide Prevention Center
Voice: (877) 7CRISIS or (877) 727-4747
Internet web site:

Operators are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Psychiatric Assessment Team (PAT)
Del Amo Hospital - Torrance
Voice: (800) 533-5266
Internet web site:

Confidential crisis assistance 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Assessments, referrals and involuntary 72 hour holds.

Salvation Army
14718 Grevellia Ave.
Lawndale, CA
Voice: (310) 675-0333

Counselor interns and trainees, sliding fee scale $5-$50.

South Bay Adult Care Center
3007 Vail Avenue.
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Voice: (310) 214-6963
Internet web site:

An adult day care center providing caregivers a place to bring an Alzheimer's, Parkinson, stroke, depressed, lonely, or elderly adults.

Tele-Health Network, Psychological and Crisis Referrals
Voice: (800) 550-6355 or (800) 834-6817

Free information, referrals, advocacy and transportation for individuals with limited resources, (i.e. Medi-Cal, Medi-Care) needing immediate mental health services such as hospitalizations. Also provide referrals for individual therapy, family counseling, alcohol/drug detox, day treatment, and sober living centers.

Torrance YMCA
2900 Sepulveda
Torrance, CA 90505
Voice: (310) 372-0292
Internet web site:

Contact: Marsue Babb, MFCC
Coordinates counseling program and supervises interns and trainees. Counselors provide therapy to individuals, couples, families, and groups. Sliding fee scale, range $15 and up.


Alzheimer's Association - California
Los Angeles Riverside and San Bernardino Counties Chapter
5900 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1700
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Voice: (323) 938-3379
FAX: (323) 938-1036
Internet web site:
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.


National Mental Health Association Info Center
Voice: (800) 433-5959
Internet web site:

The National Mental Health Information Center was developed for users of mental health services and their families, the general public, policy makers, providers, and the media.