Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Culver City Mental Evaluation Team

The Culver City Mental Health Evaluation Team(CCMET) is comprised of one mental health trained police officer and one Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Clinician. The mission of this team is to provide response, care, and treatment of individuals requiring mental health assistance.

Officer James Thomas

Officer James Thomas has been with the Culver City Police Department for 13 years. He is a 20-year veteran of the United States Army and holds a minor in Psychology from the Citadel Military College of South Carolina. Officer Thomas has worked various assignments including Detectives, Field Training Officer and is currently assigned to patrol as a member of the Mental Health Evaluation Team and Emergency Response Team. Officer Thomas and Dr. Dan work closely together and respond to incidents in the field where people are experiencing a mental health crisis. Along with responding to mental health related calls, they facilitate resources to those that are experiencing homelessness.

Daniel Richardson, Psy.D
Clinical Psychologist II
Culver City Mental Evaluation Team 

Daniel Richardson, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist who works for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Emergency Outreach and Triage Division. Dr. Richardson (AKA Dr. Dan) has been assigned to Culver City Police Department to co-respond with officers on mental health related 911 calls since September 2015. Dr. Richardson received a doctorate in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University in 2008, and has worked extensively with children, adults, and families in a variety of settings. 

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

For Non-Emergency Mental Health Related Assistance or Information
(310) 253-6332 (Free of Charge) 
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health website

LA County Department of Mental Health Access Helpline
For Emergency and Non-emergency Assistance
(800) 854-7771

Request a field psychiatric evaluation, receive referrals, and locate mental health service providers within LA County.


Suicide Prevention Center Hotline
24 HR within LA County
(877) 727-4747

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(800) 273-8255

Trevor Lifeline - LGBTQ
(866) 488-7386

Teen Line
(800) 852-8336 6 pm - 10 pm, toll free in California only

Veterans & Military Families
(800) 273-8255 Press 1

Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention
(877) 727-4747 24hr hotline