The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS) is the second largest municipal health system in the nation. Through an integrated system of 19 health centers and four hospitals – and through partnerships with community-based clinics -- DHS annually cares for about 600,000 unique patients, employs over 22,000 staff, and has an annual operating budget of $4.3 billion.
DHS provides healthcare to youth in the juvenile justice system, to inmates in County jails and to children in foster care. Through academic affiliations with the University of Southern California (USC) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), DHS hospitals are training sites for physicians completing their Graduate Medical Education in nearly every medical specialty and subspecialty. DHS also runs the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency and the County’s 911 emergency response system.
Through the Housing for Health program, DHS aims to build 10,000 supportive housing units for chronically homeless individuals. The DHS Office of Diversion and Re-entry works with a variety of stakeholders to divert low-level offenders away from jails and into community-based treatment to reduce recidivism and improve health outcomes.
DHS, along with the Los Angeles County Departments of Public Health and Mental Health, are now integrated under a Health Agency model to improve health and wellness across the County through programs that promote healthy people living in healthy communities.