Community Resources


TAY Online Resource Directory

This list of resources and organizations is provided to help TAY and families understand and identify the opportunities available for youth with dual diagnoses who are transitioning into adulthood. For more general information about this particular domain of transitioning, please download and review the resources below:

Community Services and Organizations

Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica offers a safe and positive place for youth to learn, become leaders, make new friends, and just enjoy being a kid. Our doors are open to all who need our help.
1238 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 394-2582

Leaps n Boundz is an adaptive sports and recreation program for children and young adults with special needs. They offer programs in gymnastics, swimming, and ball skills (one-on-one and in small groups), as well as social skills groups and day camps. Counselors are experts in child development, occupational therapy, recreation therapy, kinesiology, biology, and education.
5433 Beethoven St., Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 821-0963

Santa Monica Public Library – Reference Department/Information and Referral Service
Serving the community with literature and information in all formats (books, magazines, newspapers, films, recordings, pamphlets, etc.)including information about social services.
601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-8687

Shane’s Inspiration
Located in Griffith Park, Shane’s Inspiration provides equitable and accessible playgrounds for all children. They created the first Universally Accessible Playground in the Western United States and the largest in the nation: “Shane’s Inspiration.” It provides two acres of fully accessible, sensory-rich and physically challenging equipment.
Their Vision: Fostering a bias-free world for children with disabilities
Their Mission: Creating social inclusion for children with disabilities through the vehicle of inclusive playgrounds and programs
15213 Burbank Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA 91411
(818) 988-5676

SHARE! the Self-Help and Recovery Exchange
SHARE! operates self-help centers that provide meeting space for self-help support groups of all kinds ranging from anger management, depression, self-esteem, communications and relationships, incest survivors, alcoholics, drug addicts, smoking, reaching goals, etc. meeting pay a percentage of their donations so that there is no rent pressure and it is easy to start a new meeting. Each meeting room is furnished like a living room. We provide space for sober dances, self-help marathon meetings and conferences.
6666 Green Valley Circle, Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 846-5270 / Toll-free referrals 1-877-SHARE-49

SOVA Community Food and Resource Program (Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles)
Provides a five-day supply of groceries once a month for each eligible household member and provides groceries twice a month for people who are homeless. Comprehensive services are provided on site such as: information and referrals for homeless services, employment, housing, medical, mental health, substance abuse, and other needs, professional counseling and case management, vocational and legal services, food stamps, and MediCal enrollment by DPSS.
8846 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 288-0286

Special Olympics/Southern California
Special Olympics Southern California – Greater Los Angeles offers year-round sports programs and competitions for persons with intellectual disabilities.
1600 Forbes Way, Suite 200, Long Beach, CA 90810
(562) 502-1114

UCLA- Center for the Assessment and Prevention of Prodromal States (CAPPS)
CAPPS is a research clinic that works with adolescents and young adults between the ages of 12 and 35 years who are at increased risk for developing schizophrenia or other psychotic spectrum disorders. Individuals are considered at high risk based on evidence of prodromal features such as unusual thoughts, distorted or heightened perceptions of sights or sounds, ideas of special identity or abilities, suspiciousness, or odd behavior. Individuals who are experiencing difficulty functioning and who have a parent or sibling with a psychotic illness, such as schizophrenia, are also encouraged to contact us. CAPPS provides an initial screening interview to determine eligibility. As part of the study, diagnostic, neurocognitive, psychophysiological, neuroimaging and other assessments are repeatedly performed. Adjunctive psychological and psychiatric treatment at our clinic is available to participants. Assessments, case management, and family treatment are provided at no charge. Psychiatric care is also available and it is billed to insurance providers or provided on a sliding scale basis.
300 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 2269, Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 206-2866

Venice Community Housing Corp (VCHC)
VCHC is a nonprofit community development corporation that has developed, owns and manages 195 units of affordable housing, including an 8-unit transitional living facility for homeless women and their children and 53 Shelter Plus Care units for formerly homeless people with disabilities. VCHC also provides social service programs to its tenants and other low-income members of Venice and surrounding neighborhoods, including: YouthBuild, a construction job training program which involves at-risk youth in building affordable housing in their own community; Study Lounge, an after school program for elementary school youth; and Teen Court, a diversion program for juvenile first time offenders that operates at Venice High School.
720 Rose Ave., Venice, CA 90291
(310) 399-4100

West LA Family Source Center
The West LA FamilySource Center is one of 21 centers funded by the City of Los Angeles. All services are free. Eligible clients must be low/moderate income residents of the City of Los Angeles. Services include: multi-benefit screening for enrollment in public benefit programs, legal services and referrals, food assistance, pre-employment and employment support, computer classes, financial literacy classes, case management, parenting classes, and information and referral. For youth, we also provide access to tutoring/mentoring services, college prep assistance, youth life skills classes, and recreational/cultural activities.
5075 South Slauson Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90230
(310) 246-1918

West Los Angeles Council for the Disabled and Seniors
Founded in 1993, the volunteer Council provides individualized assistance, especially to neuro-psychiatrically challenged. Peer-driven advocacy, community and agency consultation. Assists with Social Security medical reviews, provides information on transportation, utility reduced-rates and service/therapy animals. Experience in HUD discrimination process, successful HUD litigant. Advises, makes educational presentations on affordable housing, tenant/landlord rights. One member of Staff serves on City of Santa Monica Housing Commission. Stigma, agency literature available. All services free.
406 Broadway, #123, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2314
(310) 319-9417

Westside Center for Independent Living
To provide advocacy, case management, independent living skills training, housing & other support services for people with physical & mental disabilities to help them 1ive independently. Consumer run Peer Support & Employment Project to train mental health consumers for employment in MH service delivery.
12901 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 390-3611 ext. 208

The Y is a nonprofit like no other. That’s because in 10,000 neighborhoods across the nation, we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but deliver, positive change.
The Y is community centered. For nearly 160 years, we’ve been listening and responding to our communities.The Y brings people together. We connect people of all ages and backgrounds to bridge the gaps in community needs.
The Y nurtures potential. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
The Y has local presence and global reach. We mobilize local communities to effect lasting, meaningful change.
Address varies
(800) 872-9622

Youth Organizing! (YO!) Disabled and Proud Information Line
Youth Organizing! Disabled & Proud is a program of the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC). YO! Disabled & Proud connects, organizes and educates youth with disabilities. Youth Organizing (YO!) develops community organizing activities to build a power base among youth with disabilities so that we can effectively work for change. We engage youth to learn about our history, the disability rights movement, disability pride, organizing and advocacy. Youth with disabilities build community with each other, develop a sense of leadership, a positive disability identity and organize and mobilize each other on issues that affect our lives. We provide opportunities, resources and information for young adults with disabilities. Disabled youth are able to volunteer with local independent living centers, work on advocacy issues and campaigns that are important to them and find mentors within the disability community. YO! works with teens and young adults with disabilities ages 16 to 28.
1234 H Street, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95184
(866) 296-9753

Reach Across L.A. provides this TAY Online Resource Directory to users to aid in the successful transition of transition age youth into adulthood. The website is provided as an informational service only and does not constitute and should not be relied upon as an official record. Content on the webpages is produced from sources believed to be reliable. We make no representation, expressed or implied, that the information on this site is complete, timely, or accurate. No warranty expressed or implied is made regarding: accuracy, adequacy, completeness, legality, reliability, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, freedom from contamination by computer viruses, or usefulness of any information. We make no endorsement of any agency or their services.