Project 50
Presenters

Flora Gil Krisiloff, RN, FNP, MN, MBA

Deputy on Homelessness and Mental Health

Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky

FGKrisiloff@bos.lacounty.gov

Flora Gil Krisiloff is a Public Health Nurse and Family Nurse Practitioner who earned her undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees and M.B.A from the University of California at Los Angeles. She retains an appointment as a volunteer Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCLA School of Nursing.

Ms. Krisiloff serves as the Deputy on Homelessness and Mental Health to Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. For the past four years, she has developed significant policies and demonstration projects to address chronic homelessness in Los Angeles County through multi-agency collaborations, the integration of supportive services, and permanent supportive housing. Ms. Krisiloff developed Project 50 to successfully move the 50 most vulnerable chronically homeless individuals off of the streets of Skid Row and into permanent supportive housing. Twenty-four entities including Los Angeles County, the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, the City of Los Angeles, Common Ground of New York and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority have joined forces to assist 50 homeless individuals who are most likely to die on the streets of Skid Row.

Additionally Ms. Krisiloff serves as a Senior Field Deputy to Supervisor Yaroslavsky and oversees a wide range of constituent issues in Hollywood, Venice, Santa Monica and several communities in West Los Angeles. She is the Supervisor’s liaison to the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System.

Mary Marx, Mental Health Clinical District Chief

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

Countywide Resource Management

mmarx@dmh.lacounty.gov

Mary Marx, L.C.S.W. has over 20 years experience in both public and private sector physical and mental health systems of care. She currently serves as the Mental Health Clinical District Chief of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health’s (DMH) Countywide Resource Management Bureau. Ms. Marx provides overall administrative, clinical, and fiscal management of DMH’s acute inpatient resources for uninsured clients of all ages, and adult/older adult long-term institutional, crisis residential, intensive residential and supportive residential resources with a total daily capacity for over 1,400 persons and an annual budget of $140 million dollars. These resources are vital to the success of the County’s Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Community Services and Supports (CSS) Plan through enhancing individuals’ ability to avoid or reduce lengths of stay in involuntary treatment and institutional settings and to live and receive care in community settings. In her current capacity Ms. Marx:

Participated in the planning, development and implementation of Project 50, a two year multi-agency County demonstration program designed to provide housing and supportive services to the 50 most vulnerable single adults living on the streets of the historic district of downtown Los Angeles known as Skid Row, including developing the program design, budget, registry creation and Integrated Supportive Services Team; coordinating the work of 24 participating department and agencies, obtaining Board of Supervisors approval for the program and negotiating a contract for the outpatient mental health clinic.

Libby Boyce, L.C.S.W., Homeless Services Coordinator

Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS): eboyce@dhs.lacounty.gov

From 1987-1996 Ms. Boyce worked as a medical social worker for people living with HIV/AIDS. She provided these direct services at Yale New Haven Hospital, in New Haven Connecticut, Cedar Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and LA County+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles. In 1996, Ms. Boyce transferred to an administrative position at the LA County Office of AIDS Programs and Policy. She managed the Social Services and Mental Health Unit until 1994. In this role, Ms. Boyce oversaw 13 staff who managed 88 HIV/AIDS social services and psychiatric contracts with community based providers.

In 2004, Ms. Boyce transitioned into a newly implemented position, as the Homeless Services Coordinator for DHS. In this position Ms. Boyce is responsible for improving the healthcare care that is provided to LA County’s homeless residents. Ms. Boyce has achieved many enhancements to LA County’s homeless services delivery systems and has added many services and advocacy measures to the few resources that were available for homeless individuals in 2004. Some of these enhancements include, but are not limited to an expansion of homeless recuperative care beds, implementation of a hospital to home demonstration project (Access to Housing for Health), founding of United Homeless Healthcare Partners, facilitation of better access to DHS services through several projects under the Skid Row Homeless Healthcare Initiative, Chair of the November 2007 Executive Summit for the Delivery of Homeless Healthcare Services, planning and implementation of the health component of Project 50, a supportive services housing model which targets the most vulnerable homeless individuals in LA County, development and implementation of a homeless SSI program aimed at increasing the number of homeless individuals on Social Security, and Chair of the MHSA Innovations Homeless Workgroup .

 



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