When Verdugo Mental Health — the stalwart nonprofit that provides thousands of local clients with counseling and other mental health services — announced that it was bankrupt, the potential for a massive problem began to unfold.
The organization, which has been providing services to the region for decades, is major catch basin for the mentally ill. Without it, thousands of clients would be forced to seek services at less efficient or effective providers. And that’s assuming they would continue to seek services at all, opening up the possibility that illnesses could worsen and compound.
And so the news that another nonprofit — Culver City-based Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services — has offered to step in and take over as Verdugo Mental Health seeks to reorganize brought a welcome sigh of relief.