Isabella Vidriales LCSW, EdD

Dr. Isabella Vidriales earned her Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She furthered her education and completed her Master of Social Work degree at California State University, Long Beach and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University, Orange County.  Dr. Vidriales is also credentialed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences (LCSW28309).

Dr. Vidriales is bilingual in English and Spanish, with over seventeen years of mental health experience. She has delivered culturally competent mental health services to adults, elderly adults, Transitional Aged Youths, LGTBQ, CSEC youth, children, and adolescents. She has worked in different settings such as outpatient and inpatient mental health facilities, jails, hospitals, schools and homes within the community. She has provided an array of services such as individual and group psychotherapy, case management, and crises response. She has collaborated with law enforcement agencies throughout the county of Los Angeles for mental health crisis calls in the community. Since 2010, Dr. Vidriales has been involved in multiple assessments requiring her to execute her knowledge and training of the Welfare Institution Codes 5150 and 5585.  She is trained under the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act and is designated by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health to assess and evaluate individuals who are at risk of hurting themselves, others, or gravely disabled.

Dr. Vidriales’ clinical experience has afforded her the opportunity to contribute to the development of law enforcement and mental health collaborative co-response teams. The development of this community project improved crisis responses involving individuals with a mental illness in the community. Due to her keen interest in reducing stigma and sharing what she has learned on her own professional journey, she spearheaded in-service trainings to various law enforcement agencies to assist with implementing effective strategies on de-escalation, verbalization, and recognition of mental health crises in the community. Additionally, Dr. Vidriales has conducted trainings for residential facilities and home health agencies to assist with understanding the complexity of mental health issues and other overlapping issues. Due to these positive and proactive efforts providers and their respective agency have been able to attain growth in knowledge and recognition of mental health symptoms.

In addition to her Crises Intervention work, Dr. Vidriales has been providing assistance to home health agencies with assessing the social and emotional factors related to home bound patient’s illness, needs for care, response to treatment, and adjustment to care. She collaborates with a multi-disciplinary team in order to improve the patient’s plan of treatment and continuity of care. She also works as a Mental Health consultant in providing mental health services to individuals with intellectual disabilities in specialized homes. She is committed to her work as a Mental Health provider and is determined to take part in the changes currently taking place with clinical and forensic mental health.

Hector Lopez, MSW

Hector Lopez is a first-generation U.S born son to parents who migrated from Mexico. Hector became the first member of his family to graduate from a university when he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psycho-Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Hector furthered his education by receiving a Master of Social Work degree from California State University, Long Beach with a specialization in Community Mental Health. Hector is registered as an Associate Clinical Social Worker in the State of California by the State Board of Behavioral Sciences (ASW License No.76543).

Hector sought a career in which he could make an impact in the community, therefore he pursued a career in law enforcement. Hector has over 15 years of law enforcement experience, including over 8 years responding to crisis calls for service in the community as part of one of the largest co-response police-clinician units in the nation. This model partners a specially trained police officer with a mental health clinician from the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health to respond to law enforcement contacts with members of the community who may be in a mental health crisis and require involuntary hospitalization under 5150 WIC/5585 WIC. He is also part of a cadre of instructors who facilitate 40-hours of mental health training for patrol officers known as the Mental Health Intervention Training (MHIT). Hector has provided individual and group therapy to persons with a severe and persistent mental illness. Aside from delivering clinical interventions to his client, members of his multi-disciplinary team often sought assistance with deescalating volatile clients. Additionally, Hector worked collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary pediatric team to ensure the emotional needs of his patients and their families were met. He ensured his patients’ psychosocial needs were addressed during team conferences, which strengthened the patients’ treatment plan.

Hector is the author of the thesis project entitled “A Descriptive Study of LAPD’s Co-Response Model for Individuals with Mental Illness” and was recognized by CSULB’s School of Social Work for the completion of an outstanding thesis. This study takes a comprehensive look at law enforcement interactions with mental illness. This study found the LAPD SMART model has had a statistical significant effect at diverting individuals with a mental illness away from the criminal justice system and linking them up to more appropriate levels of mental health care.

Hector also represented his law enforcement agency as an expert in mental health with the Bureau of Justice Assistance Police Mental Health Collaboration Toolkit. This tool kit was geared to assist other law enforcement agencies in the implementation of a co-response model partnering a police officer with specialized training and a mental health professional. Hector plans to continue to further his education in hopes of becoming more involved in the community. He hopes to make an impact by addressing the historical division between law enforcement and the community to promote an improved relationship. Hector is committed to giving back to the community by sharing his story in hopes of aspiring others to seek higher education and make an impact in their own communities.

Hector is bilingual speaking both English and Spanish, and is passionate about addressing the stigma of mental illness. Through dialogue and open conversation, he hopes to normalize mental illness and ensure individuals are having their mental health needs met. Hector plans to provide his unique prospective as a police officer and social worker in providing support, consultation and education to consumers, medical providers and various agencies.

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