Project Return self-help clubs were started on the East Coast as a way for mental health clients to provide assistance and support to each other. The Los Angeles Project Return Network begain in 1981 under MHA's umbrella and grew to more than 60 clubs across the county. In 1992, Project Return: The Next Step evolved from the original club network into a larger client-run organization which offers opportunities for education, employment counseling, and community service, as well as social interactions.
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.