Vice President of Programs @ Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic
Clinical Supervisor @ Green Dot Public Schools
Regional Director @ Children's Institute, Inc. (CII)
Bachelor of Arts (BA) @
University of California, Los Angeles
Paco's passion is serving underserved and marginalized communities in Los Angeles. He is a voting-member of the Department of Mental Health (DMH) System Leadership Team, an advisory body to the Director of DMH. Paco currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Service Area Advisory Committee in South LA and as the Co-Chair of the Latino Underrepresented Ethnic
Paco's passion is serving underserved and marginalized communities in Los Angeles. He is a voting-member of the Department of Mental Health (DMH) System Leadership Team, an advisory body to the Director of DMH. Paco currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Service Area Advisory Committee in South LA and as the Co-Chair of the Latino Underrepresented Ethnic Population for DMH and UCLA Structural Racism/Sexism Steering Committee.
As Clinical Supervisor, he has direct oversight of clinical supervision of school based mental health services in the South Los Angeles inner city schools for Green Dot Public Schools. He provides consultation to the Wellness Center that implements a Theory of Change Model in coordination with LAUSD.
As previous Regional Director of Community Mental Health Services at Children’s Institute, Inc., and Director of Outpatient Services at the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic, Paco developed and implemented comprehensive mental health services. He served as a member of the Intervention Policy Working Committee for Councilman Tony Cardenas and advised the City’s overall gang violence reduction initiative.
In 1995, he co-founded the Youth Development Project at St. John’s Child and Family Development Center in Santa Monica. The Youth Development Project – alive and strong today – is a school and community-based mental health program for high-risk youth.
As an expert in community mental health, he has consulted for First 5 LA,Community Coalition, Superintendent for Santa Ana Unified School District Dr. Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana,Loved Ones of Homicide Victims, Victims of Crime, and the Archdiocese of the Catholic Church. He has served as an expert panelist at Hon. Mark Ridley-Thomas’ Annual Empowerment Summit, UCLA’s School of Public Policy and Social Research Conference, and the Annual Latino Behavioral Health Institute Conference.
Paco is the recipient of the Humanitarian Award from the National Conference for Community and Justice.
Clinical Supervisor @ As the Clinical Supervisor, will have direct oversight of clinical supervision of mental health services in the South Los Angeles inner city schools of Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy and Animo South Los Angeles High School. Will provide consultation to the school principals, administration, counselors, and school psychologists. In addition, consultation will be provided to the Wellness Center with a Theory of Change Model in coordination with LAUSD and Green Dot. From August 2012 to Present (3 years 5 months) Regional Director @ As the Regional Director of Community Mental Health Services in South Los Angeles, responsible for the development and implementation of comprehensive mental health services with a public-private effort launched by the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation program and the federal Social Innovation Fund in program evaluation, therapy, and treatment of community based mental health services. This includes: overseeing the training needs of staff, assuring that Evidence Based Practices are being utilized across all programs in Community Mental Health, ensuring effective collaboration within and between programs in Service Planning Area 6, in particular with the Department of Mental Health and the Department of Children and Family Services. Additionally, responsible for the timely, high quality documentation of services in accordance with all CII and contractual requirements. From July 2011 to August 2012 (1 year 2 months) Director of Outpatient Services @ As the Director of Outpatient Services and Site Coordinator at Exposition Site, responsible for collaborating with staff at various levels to develop and implement comprehensive program of evaluation, therapy, treatment, community-based services and case management for clients and families. Direct, coordinate and participate in the activities of staff engaged in providing mental health, case management and family preservation. Oversee various programs that provide access to mental health services with a focus on community-based treatment methods. Collaborate with other clinic divisions for the smooth provision of services in the Exposition site building and provide oversight of the building’s day to day operations. Administer the implementation of the evidence based practices that are being rolled out by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health due to the Mental Service Act Proposition 63.
Leadership/community involvement included:
Member of Councilman Tony Cardenas’ Office of Intervention Policy Working Committee, which addresses juvenile justice issues and the City’s gang violence reduction initiative.
Member of the County of Los Angeles Department of Mental Health System Leadership Team (SLT), a multi-purpose advisory body for the Director of the Department of Mental Health, which monitors the implementation of the county of Los Angeles Mental Health Service Act Plans and provides ongoing advice on structural changes to assist with the transformation of the public mental health system.
Voting Member of the Service Area Advisory Committee (SAAC) to Service Area (SA) 6. In this capacity, voting members provide valuable feedback on budget curtailment issues, input on program development and service priorities, and mobilize the diverse South Los Angeles community in support of new policies, such as the Mental Health Service Act in SA 6. From 2007 to 2011 (4 years) Co-Founder, Youth Development Project @ Responsible for the administration, clinical planning and supervision of staff, social work and APA psychology interns for the school based mental health program in the Santa Monica-Malibu School District (SMMUSD). Provide individual, group and family therapy to identified 'at risk' youth on their school sites. Provide cultural competence sensitivity training and support to school staff, administrators and community partners. Participate as a member of the health center’s Mission Council to oversee the core values of the mission statement.
Community involvement included:
Providing mental health services to “at risk” youth 15-24 years of age who are involved with gangs, substance abuse, probation and other mental health diagnosis at the Pico Youth and Family Center (a community-based organization).
Co-chairing the Santa Monica Youth Services Network: a network that coordinates and collaborates between various providers and community organizations to effectively intervene with "at risk" youth.
Providing mental health consultation and information to subpoenaed youth and their families as a Member of the School Attendance Review Board for SMMUSD.
Member of the Race and Discipline Task Force for SMMUSD which addresses issues of discipline and other school policies as they relate to ethnicity.
Member of a multi-task force funded by the Department of Justice to reduce gang violence in the Santa Monica Community.
Member of the Crisis Response Team for the City of Santa Monica which is activated by the City Manger in the event of a crisis on a school site. From 1995 to 2007 (12 years)
Masters, Social Welfare, Micro Practice: Child and Family @ UCLA School of Social Welfare From 1988 to 1990 Bachelor of Arts (BA), Psychology @ University of California, Los Angeles From 1982 to 1987 Paco Retana is skilled in: Bilingual in Spanish, Consultant, Public Speaking, Evidence Based Treament, Healthcare, Spanish, Case Managment, Research, Behavioral Health, Public Relations, Program Management, Leadership, Fundraising, Treatment, Teaching
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