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Westlake Village is located in two counties: Los Angeles County and Ventura County. This small, planned community, with a population of nearly 8,4001, is divided into a western and eastern portion. The incorporated city of Westlake Village, which comprises the eastern portion of Westlake Village, is in Los Angeles County and is nestled in the Conejo Valley. The western portion of Westlake Village is part of the city of Thousand Oaks and is located in Ventura County.

Mental Health Statistics
Statistics for Westlake Village are accounted for within the data for Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Data from the California Health and Human Services Agency in 2000 found that 6.4% of all adults and 7.8% of youth in Los Angeles County had a serious mental illness or emotional disturbance2. In Ventura County, 5.8% of all adult residents and 7.1% of all young people fell into the same category3.

Substance abuse statistics gathered from 2005 through 2010 report illicit drug use by 15.4% of all greater Los Angeles area residents over the age of 12. Marijuana use was reported by 11.1% of all residents, and nonmedical prescription pain medication use was reported by 4.4% of the adults in the region. Nearly 9% of residents reported having a substance addiction or dependency, and less than 6% had experienced an episode of depression in any one-year time period4.

Embracing County Mental Health Initiatives
As part of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, Westlake Village is fortunate to be able to offer its residents services from both counties. The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH)5 is the primary resource for those living within the city. Residents are able to take advantage of multiple service locations and numerous programs designed to improve overall well-being. Private agencies, medical professionals, and mental health providers contract with the DMH to offer a wide range of specialized services for residents.

Individuals needing help with mental health issues have access to marriage and family therapists, nurses, social workers, community liaisons, psychologists, and psychiatrists. Working in concert with city and county staff members, these professionals assist residents in overcoming mental health challenges. They help residents access resources and provide monitoring, treatment, and prevention.

The Ventura County Healthcare Agency’s Behavioral Health Department6 offers residents family-centered, customer-oriented comprehensive care for mental health issues, such as abuse and substance dependency. The goal of the department is to provide accessible, affordable access to services so that residents can receive early intervention and treatment for issues that threaten quality of life and well-being. The department strives to help citizens overcome barriers to treatment and aims to ensure all residents receive the help they need in order to live productive, purposeful lives and become active, successful members of the community.

1 U.S. Department of Commerce, United States Census Bureau. (2012). State & County QuickFacts, Westlake Village, California. Retrieved from http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06/0684438.html

2 California Health and Human Services Agency, Department of Mental Health. (2004). Original Prevalence Data Based on the 2000 Census Estimates of Prevalence of Persons with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) and Serious Mental Illness (SMI) Los Angeles County. Retrieved from http://www.dmh.ca.gov/statistics_and_data_analysis/docs/Prevalence_Rates/Los%20Angeles/Table1.pdf

3 California Health and Human Services Agency, Department of Mental Health. (2004). Original Prevalence Data Based on the 2000 Census Estimates of Prevalence of Persons with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) and Serious Mental Illness (SMI) Ventura County. Retrieved from http://www.dmh.ca.gov/statistics_and_data_analysis/docs/Prevalence_Rates/Ventura/Table1.pdf

4 SAMHSA, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (2012). National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2005 and 2006 to 2010. Substance Use and Mental Disorders in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana MSA. Retrieved from http://www.samhsa.gov/data/NSDUHMetroBriefReports/NSDUH-Metro-Los-Angeles.pdf

5 Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. (2013). About DMH. Retrieved from http://dmh.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dmh/aboutdmh

6 County of Ventura, Ventura County Healthcare Agency. (2013). Behavioral Health Department. Retrieved from http://vchca.org/behavioral-health