…carving cornerstones that
help create full lives
To fulfill our mission of “promoting mental health, preventing mental and substance use conditions, and achieving victory over mental illnesses and addictions through advocacy, education, research and service,” we
Advocate for quality care and the protection of rights for adults with mental illness and for children with emotional problems;
Innovate by designing and demonstrating service and housing models for people with mental illness;
Replicate effective models through training, consultation and workforce development;
Educate about mental illness to increase public awareness, improve access to care and end discrimination; and
Participate in community partnerships to promote inclusion of people with mental illness and to provide pioneering approaches in collaboration with others.
MHA is one of the largest affiliates of the national Mental Health America and the Mental Health America of California (MHAC). Founded in 1909, Mental Health America is the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization that addresses all aspects of mental health and mental illness. With 300 affiliates, it forms a network of advocates who work hand in hand with people with mental illness, their families and mental health professionals to improve understanding, treatment and services. MHAC is California’s leading mental health advocacy organization.
We also belong to the:
- United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association
- National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
- California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies
- California Coalition for Mental Health
- California Council of Community Mental Health Agencies
- California Network of Mental Health Clients
- Association of Community Human Service Agencies – Los Angeles County
Our employment services are accredited by the national Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
MHA is funded by a combination of private and public sources.
Community contributions are the cornerstone that makes all we do possible. Individuals support our work by being members of MHA, honoring others with tributes and memorials, attending events and providing support for special projects. Our endowment was started by and is sustained through bequests and other gifts from individuals.
We are proud to be a United Way partner. MHA is a member of United Way’s “Home for Good” movement to end chronic and veteran homelessness. Along with its long-standing support for our core efforts, United Way helped us start our Antelope Valley services.
The generous support of foundations and corporations establish and enhance our services.
Historically, our Human Services Academy, the first in Los Angeles to focus on attracting youth to nonprofit work, was built with and benefited tremendously from the support of the ARCO Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation, Crail-Johnson Foundation, Entertainment Industry Foundation, W. M. Keck Foundation, B. C. McCabe Foundation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, S. Mark Taper Foundation and Weingart Foundation.
Our workforce development pipeline to design programs and conduct evaluation on guiding people to careers in the mental health field was developed in partnership with The California Endowment.
We have received support from the California Community Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation, Boeing Company and Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation for our programs for young adults with mental illness. The Eli Lilly Company, Kaiser Permanente, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation and Robert Ellis Simon Foundation have provided grants for our service and housing programs.
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation provides generous support for the Homeless Connections Initiative, led by MHA and two partners. This initiative focuses on reaching vulnerable individuals who have been on the streets the longest and are at highest risk because of physical health problems, mental illness, age and other serious needs in downtown Long Beach. A grant from the Long Beach Community Action Partnership supports these efforts.
We provide services through contracts with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, with Mental Health Services Act funds; California Department of Rehabilitation; City of Long Beach; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority; Los Angeles County Community Development Commission; and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Supportive Services for Veterans Families program. We conduct education research for the California Department of Education.