Marla has worked within the law enforcement and mental health communities in San Diego County for over thirty years. Marla has developed programs for law enforcement jurisdictions involving mental health issues, including juvenile diversion programs for the El Cajon Police Department, the La Mesa Police Department and the San Diego Police Department. In addition, Marla implemented the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) for San Diego County law enforcement agencies. Currently, PERT contracts with thirteen law enforcement jurisdictions within San Diego County and assigns clinicians at twenty-three separate law enforcement locations. Marla also coordinates both the development and distribution of training materials for law enforcement personnel and clinicians.