Originally founded as Pasadena Child Guidance Clinic in 1926, Pacific Clinics is now the largest contract provider of services for the mentally ill in Los Angeles County, as well as offering services in four neighboring counties. Under the leadership of executive director Susan Mandel since 1981, it offers programs for adults, children, transitional-age youth, adults and seniors. Pacific Clinics opened the first Asian-Pacific Family Center in 1985 and began an annual Latino Conference in 1998. In 2007, it merged with Portals, another major contract provider with a well-recognized track record in housing and vocational services.
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.