Before the creation of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, mental health services were generally provided in state hospitals. In the 1950s, California also created a few outpatient clinics as well. Beyond these, Los Angeles County provided some of its own services for the mentally ill as far back as 1914. The 1957 Short-Doyle Act helped make it possible for the County to create a more comprehensive outpatient program, which was established with the creation of the Department of Mental Helath in 1960.
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.