Behavioral Health Working Group

The Behavioral Health Working Group consists of agencies, social workers, family therapists, and practitioners who provide behavioral health support to veterans and their families throughout Los Angeles. The working group is centered on identifying the unique needs and challenges veterans have for accessing behavioral healthcare as well as identifying best practices for veteran treatment.

Loyola Marymount University

MARK MITCHELL is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and an instructor in addiction studies at Loyola Marymount University. His primary area of research examines veteran related issues on transition, community, ritual and moral repair.  Mitchell has completed a pilot research project on stress, burnout and compassion fatigue for the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative (LAVC).  He is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Management.

The Behavioral Health Working Group is conducting a short mental health survey.


  • Compassion Fatigue Program: Developed the first-ever veteran-to-veteran compassion fatigue support group for combat veteran therapists.
  • Civilian Therapist Training: Developing a syllabus to educate and train service members and community-based civilian therapists on how to properly treat veterans.
  • Resource List: Established a working list of vetted behavioral health agencies that provide evidence-based practice services to veterans and military families in Los Angeles County.

A goal sheet is a record of each working group’s various goals and ongoing projects.

Behavioral Health’s overall goal is to develop direct behavioral health counseling and social services to veterans and military families, and to develop training and education courses to aid civilian therapists to treat veterans.

Download latest Behavioral Health Goal Sheet.

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