Accomplishments

Accomplishments

Kathryn has served the greater Los Angeles community on numerous Boards and Committees, including the Union Station Homeless Services Board; Grand Avenue Park Advisory Board; Los Angeles County Mental Health Commission; Angeles Forest Monument Designation Collaborative Committee; Hillsides youth and family services organization; and Junior League. She has also spent countless hours volunteering for local community events and initiatives such as Five Acres Child and Family Agency.

During her nearly three decades of service to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Kathryn has promoted numerous initiatives to better serve the residents of Los Angeles County and the 5th Supervisorial District, including:

    • Implementation of “Megan’s Law”, to ensure that all residents of Los Angeles County have access to information about registered sex offenders;
    • Providing vital mental health, public health and housing resources to Foster youth seeking education and self-sufficiency;
    • Diverting individuals with non-violent drug offenses and chronic substance abuse disorders to treatment, not jail;
    • Spearheading anti-fraud policy changes for welfare recipients applying for General Relief benefits;
    • Supporting families of the chronically mentally ill, including expansion of programs and services made available by the “Mental Health Services Act.”;
    • Implementing Life-saving program (“Laura’s Law”) requiring mentally ill individuals to continue with needed treatment to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations;
    • Revamping Social service programs to conform with President Clinton’s Welfare Reform;
    • Helped develop a Countywide restaurant grading system to inform patrons of the health standards at local eateries;
    • Developing Mental Evaluation Team that joins Mental Health experts with Sheriff’s Deputies to better address the needs of the mentally ill when they interact with law enforcement;
    • Development of Social Security Benefits application process for incarcerated mentally ill, preventing homelessness among the mentally ill;
    • Restructuring Health Services/funding during 1995 crisis from inpatient-based reimbursement to outpatient access/treatment.