Romalis Taylor has an extensive career spanning over 30 years experience in Mental Health, Social Services, and the Management field including; program development, administrative systems development, and financial and quality assurance development. He was the Chair of the Compton/East Compton Best Start Leadership Group which advocates, develops, and implements community activities to strengthen families with children 0-5 based on the First 5 Strengthening Families Model.
He is currently the Chair of the African/African American Underserved Cultural Communities Group of DMH Quality Improvement Division and the representative for the Under Representative Ethnic Populations Groups on the Department of Mental Health System Leadership Team. These advisory groups assist the Department with the Mental Health Services Act planning, services, programs, and funding in Los Angeles County. He is a member of the Services Area Advisory Council 6 in South Los Angeles.
Previously he was a Center Director in South L.A, and a Director of Government and Community Relations in Los Angeles County for Starview Community Services. He was responsible for non-profit programs, Family Preservation Services, Up Front Assessment program serving Child Welfare referred families to prevent possible detainment, and lastly the Department of Mental Health’s behavioral health prevention and early intervention services which works to reduce the need for greater clinical interventions for children, youth, and their families.
Since 2005, Mr. Taylor has been an advocate for the community and involved in processes to strengthen and support families. He has also worked with government agencies, communities, children, youth, and their families to improve services in schools, foster care, and clinical service programs. He has implemented innovative services such as Point Of Engagement along with presenting at conferences and forums regarding program development, prevention services, field base services, and family support services. He is active in a number of other community and county advisory councils regarding advocacy and cultural competence in services for African and African American children, youth and families and their well-being.