Mental Health, Crisis Intervention

MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA OF LOS ANGELES

Mental health is a human right

Long Beach, CA   |  www.mhala.org

Mission

Mental Health America of Los Angeles (MHALA) works to ensure that people with mental health needs achieve meaningful, healthy lives in their communities.

Ruling year info

1958

President and CEO

Dr. Christina Miller

Main address

200 Pine Avenue Suite 400

Long Beach, CA 90802 USA

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EIN

95-1881491

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Community Mental Health Center (F32)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Mental Health America of Los Angeles (MHALA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving people with mental health needs by inspiring hope, empowerment, and responsibility, and by instilling in individuals the belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to live a healthy, meaningful life.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Mental Health America of Los Angeles

What We Do: • Service Innovation and Delivery • Advocacy • Training • Education Our Services Include: • Outreach and Engagement • Mental Health Care • Psychiatry and Medication Management • Housing Services • Benefits and Income Services • Health Care Services • Linkage to Substance Abuse Services • Wellness; Resilience, and Life Skills Programs • Employment and Vocational Services, including Social Enterprise Opportunities • Transitional Age Youth Services • Specialized Veterans’ Services Who We Serve: Adults and transitional age youth (TAY) who are dealing with mental health needs and do not have financial resources, including Veterans and people who are homeless or previously homeless. We target those who are the most vulnerable and most in need of help.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with psychosocial disabilities
Budget
$40,000,000

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of jobs created and maintained

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

By getting 200 new people jobs in 2018, our programs were were able in help decrease homelessness by 41%; decrease incarceration by 70% and decrease the number of people being hospitalized by 56%.

Number of homeless participants engaged in mental health services

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

By getting 200 new people jobs in 2018, our programs were were able in help decrease homelessness by 41%; decrease incarceration by 70% and decrease the number of people being hospitalized by 56%.

Charting impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

With cornerstones of service, education, training and advocacy, MHALA works to ensure that people with mental health needs reach their full and rightful place as participating, productive members of our community.

Founded in 1924, MHALA serves the communities of Los Angeles County. With cornerstones of service, education, training and advocacy, MHALA works to ensure that people with mental health needs reach their full and rightful place as participating, productive members of our community. We: Serve adults and young adults with mental illness in recovery, peer support and housing models that help them move from isolated, dependent lives to involved, independent lives. Educate to improve access to care; awareness of the mental health needs of adults, children and families; and acceptance of people with mental health needs. Advocate with others who care about our cause to advance quality care for adults, youth and children to abolish discrimination in funding, health care, jobs and housing. Train mental health staff, agencies and systems who want to learn about and use our integrated services and “quality of life” outcomes system and teach the mental health workforce of tomorrow.

Our organization has been at the forefront of the major mental health reform movements of the past century. In the 1950s, MHAs across the nation led the fight to bring more humane care to people in state hospitals. In the 1960s, MHAs were leading advocates of the national community mental health center movement. In the early 1990s, we worked with advocates in our state to secure a stable funding base. In the 1990s, our organization emerged as a national leader of “integrated services.” We opened our MHALA Village in 1990 after California’s mental health department selected us to develop a new system built on an integrated services approach, which provides all the services and support people with mental illness need to lead lives of greater independence in the community.

MHALA knows we are making progress by helping more and more individuals to become productive menbers of society. Many individuals who are homeless have mental health issues. With the number of homeless on the streets decreasing, part of it is due to us helping these individuals get the healthcare they need, get housing and then secure employment. We provided services to more than 9,000 individuals in the last fiscal year.

Our latest systems change efforts are devoted towards the integration of mental and physical health care. Our Homeless Innovations Project is a collaboration between MHALA and The Children’s Center in Long Beach to treat the most vulnerable of our citizens who are living on the streets with co-occurring mental health and chronic health diagnoses. Our largest fundraising effort at the time is the capital campaign to raise the funds for renovation of a building on Long Beach Blvd where we will house our Long Beach adult services programs and a federally qualified health center. This building will transform the lives of many homeless people who have been unable to attain primary health care services on the streets. With this facility opening in 2019 we will be able to serve more people in our community. We are also moving into the Santa Clarita Valley to provide housing and mental health services to the people in that community.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Keywords

mental health, social work, human services, training, homeless assistance, veterans, housing, Transition Age Youth