Richard Louis III and Tommie Baines
AIRED: September 19, 2011– 11 am PST

Available for 9-21-11  PLAY | DOWNLOAD

TITLE: ” Community-Based Treatment Alternatives to Juvenile Detention and Traditional Programs

SPECIAL GUESTS: Richard Louis, III and Tommie Baines

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Allen and Melody discuss with guests Richard Louis III and Tommie Baines trends and factors that contribute to juvenile delinquency (youth that may have mental health and substance abuse issues). They will share with listeners the results of recent national research conducted by OPEN MINDS regarding the shift of county juvenile justice systems towards community-based treatment alternatives as opposed to detention and residential treatment programs due to state and county budget deficits. Central to this topic are the pros and cons of these national trends and the long-term local implications on the Los Angeles County Justice Departments.



Richard Louis, III, is a Senior Associate, with OPEN MINDS, a national market research and management consulting firm specializing in the mental health, addictions, social services, disability support, and related public health sectors of the health and human service field.

As a former Assistant Director of the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health he has over 20 years as an administrator in private sector behavioral healthcare. Mr. Louis is currently a volunteer police officer with the City of Monterey Park Police Department in East Los Angeles where he holds the rank of captain, assigned to the Department’s Gang Enforcement.


Tommie Baines is a Deputy Probation Officer from Los Angeles County who has worked with youth and families for over 25 years.  In addition to his field work with juveniles, he has served the Department as a therapist, and later as an analyst with responsibility for program development, grant writing, and strategic planning.

Currently, Tommie is a member of the Youth Resource Team in the City of Santa Monica and he consults regularly with administrators from a variety of agencies on issues with youth and the justice system, as well as planning and grant writing assistance.

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