Kim Ishimine is a Telecare Hero!

Kim is our devoted Director of Rehabilitation at La Casa MHRC. She has been a member of the Rehab team and valued employee for over 25 years here at La Casa.

Shortly after she was promoted to Director of Rehabilitation one year ago, Kim found an opportunity to enrich the Rehab program. She discovered the Jump Start Fellowship Program in Los Angeles and began hosting college interns as rehab interns at La Casa. Kim found that these interns were very qualified to apply for regular employee positions here. Since she started this collaboration she has hired several Jump Start interns as on-call, part-time, and full-time employees. These interns come with hands on skills working with the chronically mentally ill in a rehabilitation capacity. We are so proud of our Jump Start interns and feel honored to have them join our Telecare family. What a hero Kim has been in maximizing this fellowship program for our Rehab program, our staff, and our clients! Thank you Kim for all the hard work you have put into this endeavor!

Nominated by Nona Hall-Sandoval


If you’re interested in the Jump Start program:

“Jump Start is a 12 week, full time fellowship program for individuals who are interested in working in the adult community mental health field. The program’s goal is to help participants get a job in the field. To achieve this, Jump Start’s intensive program prepares them with a combination of classroom learning with applied internships. The program, funded by the LA County Department of Mental Health, is designed to increase and diversify the public mental health workforce.

Jump Start is a part of Mental Health America of Los Angeles’ Training and Workforce Development efforts to develop a diversified recovery-oriented workforce and is a partnership between Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and MHALA.”