Center for Health Justice (Los Angeles, CA)


  • Name:Oisin O'Shaughnessy
  • Title:Director, Education and Research

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Center for Health Justice
  • Address:900 Avila Street Suite 301
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:2132290985
  • Main fax:2132290986

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  • Mission:
  • Center for Health Justice serves people impacted by incarceration, providing health education and support that act as a bridge to a productive life.

  • Overview:
  • Center for Health Justice (CHJ), a community-based organization in downtown Los Angeles County (LAC), is focused exclusively on serving people impacted by incarceration and has a unique credibility with law enforcement, service providers, and the clients served. Founded in 1999, CHJ has over 15 years of expertise addressing social inequities and providing evidence-based health education and prevention services to people with a history of incarceration. Special access inside correctional facilities is utilized to provide risk-reduction education, peer navigation, individual and group counseling, case management, crisis intervention, linkages to detoxification and recovery services, and linkages to supplementary services along with medical and mental health care.
    After discharge from jail, clients stop by CHJ’s Service Center for phone and internet use, access to clothes, toiletries, and basic foods, and to receive bus tokens or taxi vouchers. Conveniently located directly across the street from the main discharge point for the LAC Jail System, CHJ utilizes its relationships with diverse community partners to also provide direct assistance upon release from custody. CHJ’s Service Center is also walking distance from Union Station, the transportation hub for LAC. CHJ’s reintegration services include: outpatient counseling, health coverage enrollment assistance, reconnection with family members, and linkage assistance with important resources in the community (e.g., substance abuse treatment, housing, and healthcare). Linkages to services that are supplementary to substance use disorder services (including dual diagnosis) ensure a well-rounded treatment plan that addresses substance abuse and promotes a positive community re-integration, prevents relapse, and reduces recidivism.
    The CHJ Team has cultivated a deep and growing understanding working with racial and ethnic minorities, mental health dysfunction, and people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). 74% of CHJ clients are African American or Latino; 46% are LGBT; 63% are aged 18-34; approximately 70% report a history of substance abuse; and nearly 19% are PLWHA. Some of CHJ’s staff members and affiliates are living with similar health and social challenges themselves, reflective of the people served. CHJ is an equal opportunity employer, with a diverse staff including former clients, LGBT, women, and peoples of many colors. This commitment is evident in all dimensions of CHJ’s programming, including the staff, board, consultants, and collaborators. Making over 2,000 service linkages with community providers annually, CHJ’s Team consists of over 30 individuals who coordinate cost-effective services for clients.
    CHJ maintains strong working partnerships with the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office on Disabilities, LAC Departments of Public Health and Health Services, LAC Sheriff’s Department, USC, UCLA, Gilead Sciences, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the Office on Women’s Health. CHJ also utilizes community collaborations for service linkages, including: health care, job readiness training, mental health services, shower, laundry, clothing, clothes; domestic violence counseling, and anger management, and syringe disposal and exchange (harm-reduction) for injection drug users to help them improve their own health and reduce the spread of HIV, hepatitis C, and soft tissue infections in LAC communities. An important program CHJ clients regularly access is the EPIC Program at the Weingart Center, a comprehensive program providing parolees with housing, education, vocational training, job placement assistance, evidence-based recovery services, relapse prevention, substance abuse testing, recovery meetings, and individual counseling.
    CHJ’s risk reduction services help in the coordination of the full spectrum of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services proven to reduce the impact of substance abuse and other health challenges. Evidence-based practices utilized by CHJ include risk assessments, motivational interviewing, brief strengths based case management, incremental risk-reduction plans, and evidence-based educational curriculums delivered in custody. These services reach the following populations: people on probation, dually diagnosed persons, LGBT, homeless, IDUs, parolees, physically challenged individuals, and pregnant and parenting women.
    CHJ maintains a smoke-free workplace, promotes non-use of all tobacco products, and provides its services in a drug-free, non-drinking environment, directed towards alleviating and/or preventing health challenges among individuals, participants, pregnant and parenting women and their children, families, specific population groups, and the general community. And CHJ services do not require residency at CHJ’s facility or any other facility as a requirement for services.

  • Year established:1999
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:8
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:9


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
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