Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

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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 Eric Shimabukuro

Officer Eric Shimabukuro has 17 years of law enforcement experience and has been with the Culver City Police Department for 13 years.  Officer Shimabukuro 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 Crisis Negotiation Team. Officer Shimabukuro 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. 


Officer James Thomas


Daniel Richardson, Psy.D

Clinical Psychologist II

Culver City Mental Evaluation Team

LAC Department of Mental Health – Emergency Outreach Bureau

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.


For Non-Emergency Mental Health Related Assistance
or Information (Free of Charge) Please Call:

Desk: 310 253-6332

Or go to:

LA County Department of Mental Health Access Helpline:
For Emergency and Non-emergency Assistance
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
1-877-7-CRISIS or

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
1-800-273-TALK or

Trevor Lifeline - LGBTQ:

Teen Line:
1-800-TLC-TEEN or
Toll free in CA only. 6 pm - 10 pm PT 

Veterans & Military Families:
1-800-273-8255 Press 1

Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention:
24 HR hotline