La Paz Geropsychiatric Center
8835 Vans Street
Paramount, California 90723
La Paz is licensed as a 173-bed Skilled Nursing Facility with a Special Treatment Program designation to provide mental health services. However, services have been reconfigured to provide treatment and program space that accommodates up to 130 individuals. La Paz is designated as an Institution for Mental Disease (IMD).
La Paz exclusively serves the elderly population of Los Angeles County. The program provides intensive diagnostic evaluation and treatment for individuals with a combination of psychiatric and medical illnesses who would otherwise be in a state hospital or county acute care facility. The goal of La Paz is to reduce the symptoms of severe mental illness and to assist individuals in the development of social skills necessary for community living.
Treatment Practice and Philosophy
As with all Telecare programs, treatment at La Paz is based on the philosophy that regardless of age or degree of impairment, all individuals have the potential to improve their functioning and to make choices about their environments for living, learning, working, and socializing.
Upon admission, the treatment team assesses the individual's level of functioning, cognition, and community living skills. The assessment is used to determine placement in one of four rehabilitation tracks: independent living skills, behavior management, self-help, and quality of life. Each track has specific target skills with core and elective groups. As an individual's competencies and skills change, they may move from one track to another.
The goals of services are to allow individuals more choices and involvement in their treatment, to teach skills relevant to future chosen living environments, and to improve the chances for success in those environments. community upon discharge.
Funding is primarily provided by the County of Los Angeles Department of Mental Health, the California Medi-Cal program for persons 65 and older, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and resident fees. Individual insurance and other government and non-government third-party payers may fund a portion of the cost of care.
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