Archival Repository

The archives tell the nuts and bolts stories of mental health organizations and programs. Here are the letters, proposals, reports, flyers and brochures that explain how the PARTNERS program, the Village, Project Return, NAMI, and MHSA were conceived, developed and grew.

Mental Health America

Mental Health America: First founded in 1909 by recovered mental health patient Clifford Beers, the national organization carries out educational, advocacy, and lobbying programs on behalf of the mentally ill. The Los Angeles County MHA has been particularly active and visible under the leadership of Rev. Richard Van Horn, Executive Director 1980-2009. Two of its most significant initiatives are the Village in Long Beach, an Integrated Service Agency Mental Health Center, opened in 1990 with state demonstration grant funds, and the Project Return Peer Support Network. MHA also played a major role in the development and passage of the Mental Health Services Act of 2005 (Proposition 63). www.mhala.org

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