Dedicated D'Veal Family and Youth Services Holds Celebratory Open House Today

Published : Wednesday, August 7, 2019 | 10:07 AM

D’Veal Family and Youth Services provides a range of behavioral healthcare and early intervention services to families in the Los Angeles area. The hard-working group is ready to show the fruits of its labor with an afternoon to celebrate on Thursday, Aug. 8.

John McCall, LCSW, ACSW, Chief Executive Officer of D’Veal Family and Youth Services said the group will be showcasing their new facility and program expansion and a ribbon-cutting will take place. 

The group will honor prominent Pasadena psychiatrist Dr. George Mallory and will dedicate a new medical wing of the new facility in his name. Mallory left a lasting impact on the community. He had been a founding member of D’Veal Family and Youth Services in Pasadena, where he also served as medical director and has a wide range of awards and accolades. He passed away Aug. 24, 2016.

At the upcoming event, D’Veal will introduce expanded programs, including the Wraparound Program. Wraparound is a term for a team-oriented all-encompassing approach to caring for and helping families who have a family member with serious mental challenges. 

The Wraparound Program puts enormous effort into working with children who are at risk from being removed from the home because of behavior issues or they are returning back to their family from some type of out of home placement,” McCall said. “And the goal is to wrap them around with services so they’re able to reside in the community in which they live.” This program is funded by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. Those staff will be housed out of this site.

“One side of the building would be our administrators’ side that will house our admin staff and the south side of the building will house our treatment staff,” McCall said. 

“We will celebrate the accomplishment of the organization on that day,” he said. “It’s great space”. We’ve been looking and uh, hopefully in future years we’ll acquire the whole second floor. We have three quarters of the floor now. As we continue to expand, we believe that this is a great place to be in Pasadena off of Washington and Altadena Drive.

“We are an outpatient mental health clinic with the bulk of our funding coming from the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. We provide a variety of outpatient mental health services for children and families,” he said. The D’Veal Services started offering programs in 1993. 

“We have facilities that allow us to expand our services and to centralize a lot of our staff,” he said. “Many of them will now be on this one site.”

During the celebration the organization will acknowledge Robert Lopez, CEO of L Tech, Mehdi Bolour, owner of the building who donated a generous gift to the organization. 

D’Veal has grown over the years and has received praise for its work . It is nationally accredited by The Joint Commission and has the gold seal of standard for behavior health care organizations. This accomplishment places D’Veal in superb company: Huntington Hospital received the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers.   

“We’re very proud of our accomplishments and we just wanted to make sure people know who we are,” he said. “We’re out there doing work and we want to get some visibility for people to come and see the great work we’re doing.

The D’Veal Open House will be held on Thursday, Aug. 8, from noon until 5 p.m. at 2750 E. Washington Blvd. in Suite 230. For more information, and to arrange to attend, please call (626) 296-8900 or visit http://dveal.org/newsletter-and-publications/.

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