OUR MISSION Mental Health America of Los Angeles works to ensure that people with mental health needs achieve meaningful, healthy lives in their communities. OUR VALUES During team discussions across the agency with our nearly 400 staff members, we identified the following values as being most representative of MHALA:InnovationHopeIntegrityEquityCollaborationTransparencyEmpowermentCompassionRespect OUR MODEL We serve adults and transition-age youth who are facing mental health needs and do not have financial resources, including Veterans and people who are or have been homeless.MHALA uses an integrated, comprehensive service model that meets each individual where they are and tailors services to each person’s needs. We work in partnership with those we serve. Our services are strength-based and delivered by teams of interdisciplinary professionals. We believe that people can and do recover. MHALA has advocated for systems changes for decades and has provided training to thousands of individuals locally, nationally, and internationally. We provide services at multiple sites in Los Angeles County, including Long Beach, the Antelope Valley, and the Santa Clarita Valley. OUR SERVICES Outreach and engagement Mental health care Benefits and income services Health care services, including psychiatry and medication management Housing services Linkages to substance abuse services Wellness, resilience, and life skills programsEmployment and vocational services, including social enterprise opportunities Transition-age youth services Specialized services for Veterans MHALA DURING TIMES OF CRISIS AND CHANGE Mental Health America of Los Angeles opposes racism and discrimination in all forms. We commit to working for equality, inclusion, access, health, and safety for all members of our community. We stand in solidarity with the Black and African American community, and we acknowledge the enormous hurt and destruction that has come from discrimination, racism, and violence in our society. MHALA works to support our staff, those we serve, our partners, and our larger community during this extraordinary time of effort to bring about equity and justice. A Century of Commitment to Mental Health 1924 MHALA is founded as the Mental Hygiene Committee. 1950s Mental Health Americas across the nation fight to bring more humane mental health care to people in state hospitals. 1984 Working with volunteers from the National Association of Mental Illness, MHALA starts Step UP, the first mental health rehabilitation-focused organization on LA’s Westside. 1989 The organization begins service in the Antelope Valley. 1990 MHALA is chosen to design and implement an integrated services approach in Long Beach, which grows into a national model for health care. 1992 MHALA begins to offer training. 1999 MHALA is selected to pilot one of the state’s largest AB 34 programs, offering comprehensive care for people with mental health needs who are homeless, leaving jail, or at risk of homelessness or prison. 2000 MHALA begins to offer services to transition-age youth. 2002 The President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health selects MHALA as a model to study. 2002 Milestones of Recovery Scale (MORS) is created. 2005 The organization creates Clifford Beers Housing to address the need for supportive housing in LA County. 2006 The MHALA Wellness Center opens. 2007 The Jump Start program begins. 2012 MHALA launches Operation Healthy Homecoming for Veterans and their families and the Homeless Innovations Project. 2017 MHALA begins serving the Santa Clarita Valley. 2018 MHALA launches peer program for LGBTQ youth. 2018 MHALA launches the HealthLink Program in partnership with Dignity St. Mary Medical Center to provide needed social services to frequent utilizers of emergency room services. 2019 MHALA launches the South County trauma collaborative. 2019 MHALA launches the Financial Wellness Program Long Beach.