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Whole Person Care – Los Angeles (WPC–LA)

WPC-LA is a 4-year initiative that will provide comprehensive & coordinated services to the sickest, most vulnerable Medi-Cal beneficiaries in Los Angeles County. WPC-LA will deliver seamless, coordinated services to 5 high-risk target populations.

WPC-LA offers a unique opportunity to be part of a dynamic, mission-driven team while helping to improve the health and well-being of the most vulnerable & underserved populations.


Employers with 26 or more employees:

07/01/2016                       $10.50
07/01/2016                       $10.50
07/01/2017                       $12.00
07/01/2018                       $13.25
07/01/2019                       $14.25
07/01/2020                       $15.00


Employers with 25 or fewer employees or Non-profit corporations with 26 or more employees with approval to pay a deferred rate:

07/01/2017                       $10.50
07/01/2018                       $12.00
07/01/2019                       $13.25
07/01/2020                       $14.25
07/01/2021                       $15.00

1 in 4

persons in California has a criminal record

"The relationship between employment and reduced recidivism has been established by a voluminous amount of research.

In spite of the evidence, however, employment remains one of the top needs for persons with criminal records. And, although a number of organizations and agencies in Los Angeles County provide services to address those needs, it is believed that several issues are of such magnitude, such as stigmatization of the targeted population, lack of coordinated services, structural problems (e.g., government policies on hiring the targeted population) are significant enough that they need to be addressed at a “macro” level in order to have success for a greater number of this population."

Employment Committee Mission

 “To increase employment amongst the reentry population, resulting in greater stability, self-sufficiency, and an improved quality of life for the community at-large.”

Work group meetings

4th Thursday of Each Month
9:00 am to 11:00 am
3745 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Contact us to attend the next meeting, and to join our email list.

Employee Remedies including, but are not limited to, the following:

• Payment of wages unlawfully withheld;
• Payment of Sick Time Benefits unlawfully withheld; and/or
• An additional penalty of up to $120 to the Employee and up to $50 to the City for each day that either violation occurred or continued.
• In cases of retaliation, the Employee may be entitled to reinstatement and trebled the above.

An aggrieved Employee may file a civil court action.

Committee Goals

The goals of the Employment Work Group are to:

  • Research evidence-based/best practices in the areas of vocational and soft-skills training, apprenticeships, and on-the-job training;
  • Explore Community Benefit Agreements/labor agreements; and,
  • Identify entrepreneurial opportunities to improve and increase employment readiness and job placement for ex-offenders in LA county.

Success Stories

Employment changes lives. Success is possible. We would like to share some of those success stories with you.

mcith_RickyRicky’s Story
Prior to accessing services in the community, Ricky lived life in the fast lane. He faced huge barriers in his job search; limited work experience, a felony conviction, and a large employment gap. He felt lost, and did not know how to explain these barriers to an employer. Despite his barriers, Ricky was determined to succeed.
Click here to read Ricky’s story.


mcith_ErnieErnie’s Story
“I grew up in Southeast Los Angeles where three generations of my family lived and began using drugs and alcohol at age seven. My father was a heroin supplier to the East Los Angeles area, and was either in prison or just never home.
Click here to read Ernie’s story


Ron’s Story

I left home when I was 17; I had been abused by my stepfather and had been using drugs for about 4 years. I ended up in Hollywood about a year later with no money and no place to live in 1977. I met many people involved with drugs and began using them myself. I spent the years between 1985 and 1999 going in and out of prison, being homeless and addicted to drugs.
Click here to read Ron’s story

FAST facts


Two out of three people exiting California prisons return within three years