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

NTEE code info

Community Mental Health Center (F32)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

MHALA’s programs support wellness, resilience, and community connections to ensure that those we serve thrive in their communities and live meaningful lives.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Mental Health America of Los Angeles

Our diverse array of programs allows us to systematically address the needs of people living with mental health needs by providing flexible services that can be tailored to meet any member's needs. Our integrated services include:
• Mental health care
• Medical health care
• Housing
• Employment
• Homeless outreach and drop-in centers
• Education and financial programs
• Linkages to substance abuse services
• Wellness, resilience, and life skills programs

MHALA offers a full continuum of services, and our members can enter that continuum at any point — whether they are receiving street outreach to residing in permanent housing.

Our primary population served are adults with mental health needs, with targeted services for Veterans, transition-age youth, and the unhoused. Annually, MHALA serves more than 16,500 individuals, the vast majority of whom are low-income. These individuals have faced obstacles such as substance abuse, homelessness, and unemployment.

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Veterans

Where we work

Accreditations

CARF 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of jobs created and maintained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans, Unemployed people, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Mental Health America of Los Angeles

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people who received clinical mental health care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans, Unemployed people, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Mental Health America of Los Angeles

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

MHALA works to ensure that people with mental health needs reach their full and rightful place as participating, productive members of our community. The goal is always to reduce barriers to services, increase resilience and independent behavior, and to improve our community by supporting those who most need assistance and helping them to contribute in a meaningful way.

MHALA program staff are trained in providing a variety of mental health services to our members. Our staff include licensed mental health clinicians from multiple disciplines, psychiatrists, and nurse practitioners.

Case Management Services are provided to all members enrolled in MHALA programs. Personal care coordinators guide each member as they navigate through MHALA’s programs, services, and treatments. We meet our members “where they are” in their recovery process, using a “whatever it takes” approach. Personal care coordinators are fully committed to helping our members to achieve their goals by reducing barriers, identifying and meeting members’ needs, and facilitating their success.

Transition-Age Youth (TAY) Services help young adults ages 18 to 25, including those identifying as LGBTQ, with mental health needs and severe emotional disturbances to fully integrate into the community. MHALA uses a one-on-one approach, with a personal care coordinator working with each youth to create an action plan that addresses individual needs, including managing mental health needs and connecting with services, gaining employment, achieving educational goals, and maintaining secure housing.

Employment Services are provided to individuals with mental health needs by identifying options for individuals regardless of their barriers or where they are on the employment continuum. The comprehensive program provides job readiness skills, supported internships within the community, and supported employment within MHALA’s social enterprises, such as the Village Cookie Shoppe (villagecookieshoppe.com).

Veterans Services are provided to Veterans with mental health needs and their families by providing a coordinated effort to secure or retain housing, essential medical care, mental health counseling, and employment assistance. Our personal care coordinators work with Veterans to meet urgent needs that may cause homelessness and support them with long-term solutions such as job training and placement, healthcare, financial assistance and education, and other family needs.

Health and Wellness Services are provided by nursing personnel who address the needs of members who are co-diagnosed with mental health and chronic health conditions. Services include health screenings, health and nutrition education for self-management of chronic conditions, and other direct services, as well as referrals. Nursing staff also operate within our outreach teams that provide intensive street services to homeless individuals.

Homeless Services include outreach, street medicine, day-use Drop-In Centers (for basic needs such as a hot shower, laundry, mail, food, etc.), and housing services. MHALA seeks to assist these individuals in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing. Our personal care coordinators are well versed in the resources available in the community to provide linkages for additional service referrals.

Mental Health America of Los Angeles has been a pioneer in mental health service advocacy, innovation, and training for nearly a century, working to ensure that people with mental health needs achieve meaningful, healthy lives in their communities.

Established in 1924, MHALA is among the largest and most comprehensive nonprofit mental health agencies in Los Angeles County. MHALA pioneered the recovery model, now widely used across the United States, which meets individuals where they are, focuses on strengths, respects client choice, and integrates care. Fundamental to the recovery model is the belief that people who have faced mental health challenges can and do recover.

We provide services in 27 sites throughout Los Angeles County, including Long Beach, the Antelope Valley, and the Santa Clarita Valley.

MHALA is among the largest and most comprehensive nonprofit mental health agencies in Los Angeles County, supporting more than 16,500 low-income and no-income individuals annually with integrated services. MHALA achieves impact in the areas of mental health, healthcare, homelessness and housing, supported employment, wellness, training for the behavioral health workforce and for community members, and public policy and advocacy, with special programs for Veterans and transition-age youth.

MHALA is an essential part of the Long Beach, Antelope Valley, and Los Angeles communities. Annually, we offer meals to more than 13,000 members, obtain housing for more than 1,300 previously homeless members, and provide physical healthcare services to nearly 3,000 members. During the pandemic, we provided COVID-19 testing and vaccinations to more than 1,200 members through our Street Medicine program, which addresses the evolving needs of LA County’s homeless population.

We continue to expand our services to enable more people who face mental health challenges with the opportunity to move forward on their journey of recovery, good health, and opportunity.

Financials

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Operations

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

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MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA OF LOS ANGELES

Board of directors
as of 06/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Don Ford

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Retired

Term: 2021 - 2024

Don Ford

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (retired)

Raul Godinez

Law Offices of Raul E. Godinez, Inc.

Jeff Berg

Lutheran Church of the Master

Kimberly Finney, Psy.D.

University of Southern California

Jordan Held

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Charles Lew

The Lew Firm APC

Monica Lounsbery, Ph.D.

California State University Long Beach

Silvano Merlo

Long Beach Courtyard Marriott Downtown

Christina Wun

Riot Games

Patti LaPlace

California State University, Long Beach

Susana González Edmond

Actum, LLC

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/16/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Native American/American Indian/Indigenous
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/16/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.