Mental Health America of Los Angeles

Founded in 1924, we are one of the oldest nonprofit mental health organizations in the country.  We use four cornerstones: service, education, advocacy and training, to create opportunities for adults and young adults living with a mental health diagnosis to recover full, meaningful lives. 


We serve Los Angeles County, California, with direct service sites in Long Beach and Lancaster.  Our service programs are based on our nationally recognized and replicated model of recovery.  We reach out to people living on the streets through our homeless services programs, one of which offers the unique provision of integrated mental and physical healthcare through our collaboration with The Children's Clinic. Our full-service partnerships provide multi-dimensional tools and resources to allow those we serve to live safely, successfully and independently in the community.


Our diverse array of programs allows us to systematically address the needs of people in Los Angeles living with mental illness by providing flexible services that can be tailored to meet any given member's needs.  We consider the people we serve to be members of our organization and the driving force behind their own recovery.  The self-responsibility that comes from being able to take ownership of their recovery helps empower our members to move fully through our organization and on to independent living.  It is this unique, person-centered perspective on service provision that has earned us the reputation of being one of the leading mental health non-profits in the nation.  It is this reputation that has earned us the opportunity to advocate for our members nationally and to train other services providers internationally on recovery-oriented practices.


We have created and launched several enduring nonprofit organizations over the years, two of which we continue to be affiliated with today.  Project Return Peer Support Network is a countywide program in Los Angeles run by and for people who are recovering from mental illness.  Project Return promotes wellness, personal growth and self-determination for people who have experienced mental illness, by providing social opportunities, education and community involvement.  They believe in diversity, acceptance and empowerment while encouraging people to transform their lives. Visit them at their website for more information.


Named after MHA's founder, Clifford Beers Housing, Inc, creates homes that are affordable for people with limited incomes, including households that are either homeless or at-risk of homelessness and have a member living with a mental illness.  To date, Clifford Beers Housing has approximately 411 affordable apartment units complete or in the pipeline throughout Southern California.   Learn more about Clifford Beers and their work at their website.

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