Social Pivot Exhibit Runs June 15-28
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by Mental Health America of Los Angeles
1w ago
DreamKreator Studio’s Rhonda Love is hosting an exhibit in conjunction with Mental Health America of Los Angeles (MHALA) through a Creative Corps program grant from the Arts Council for Long Beach. The exhibit runs Saturday, June 15 through Friday, June 28 at Downtown Long Beach’s Mosaic (50 E. 4th Street, Long Beach 90802). The Social Pivot Exhibit explores the challenges caused by COVID-19, climate change, civic engagement, and social justice. It takes viewers on a creative journey, showcasing the human impact and environmental issues. Through an interactive presentation, attendees become t ..read more
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Homeless Service Center Provides Needed Supplies, Connection to Services
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by Mental Health America of Los Angeles
2w ago
Between 45 and 60 people visit MHALA’s Homeless Service Center in Lancaster each day to get connected to various services and supplies. From food, hygiene kits, and groups like employment and self-care to connections to services, these individuals get access to resources that can help them improve their quality of life until they get linked to permanent housing. “People are not coming into the center just to take advantage of what’s there, but to also get linked to MHALA services,” said Jannette Rinkenberger, director of outreach services, North County. “Our goal is to be able to provide indi ..read more
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Supportive Services Provided at Two New Housing Locations
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by Mental Health America of Los Angeles
2w ago
Mental Health America of Los Angeles (MHALA) provides integrative services at housing locations throughout Los Angeles County. In April, MHALA expanded its reach to two more locations: Wellspring in Long Beach and Juniper Grove Apartments in Palmdale.  Wellspring is an 88-unit affordable housing development in Long Beach’s Cambodia Town that includes 20 permanent supportive housing units. MHALA partnered with BRIDGE Housing Corp. to provide case management for the individuals living in those units, keeping them linked to healthcare, food resources, and other needed services.&nb ..read more
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MHALA Hosts Mobile Healthcare for Veterans  
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by Mental Health America of Los Angeles
1M ago
MHALA is hosting a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs mobile medical unit at our Palmdale location monthly. On the second Tuesday of each month from 10am-2pm, eligible Veterans can stop by to receive on-the-spot healthcare and wellness checks, connections to housing resources and other services, and assistance with disability claims.  Available services include: Flu and COVID-19 vaccines Blood pressure checks Blood sugar checks Fentanyl and Xylazine testing kits Primary and urgent care Wound care Referrals and appointments for other VA-based care During the first event in April, our V ..read more
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MHALA Joins Latinx People Experiencing Homelessness Taskforce
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by Mental Health America of Los Angeles
2M ago
As a result of the work Mental Health America of Los Angeles (MHALA) does within the Hispanic/Latino community, MHALA’s North County Chief Service Officer Luis Montes was asked to serve on the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s newly formed Latinx People Experiencing Homelessness Taskforce. MHALA hosted a listening session on behalf of the taskforce in March.  “Last year, we provided street-based outreach services to more than 16,000 individuals, 14% of whom are Hispanic/Latino,” Montes said. “Participating in this new taskforce will help inform the services MHALA provides to our u ..read more
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MHALA Recognized for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 
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by Mental Health America of Los Angeles
2M ago
MHALA is honored to have been chosen as a finalist again this year at the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Symposium & Awards! This honor celebrates MHALA’s efforts to create an inclusive and equitable workplace at all levels, which is fundamental to fostering well-being for all.  Equity, diversity, and inclusion are embedded in everything we do at MHALA. We’ve worked diligently to bridge service gaps for underserved populations, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, Veterans, and transition-age youth. We are proud that ..read more
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MHALA Continues HealthLink Through CommonSpirit Health Grant
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by Mental Health America of Los Angeles
3M ago
MHALA recently received a $74,797 community health grant from CommonSpirit Health to continue its HealthLink program at St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach, through the end of 2024. Since 2018, MHALA has had a clinical social worker and personal service coordinator co-located at St. Mary Medical Center to address the psychosocial challenges of unhoused community members with mental health needs who frequently use the emergency department as their primary source of healthcare. By providing immediate connections to a vast array of wraparound services — including food, shelter, access to medical ..read more
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MHALA, Rhonda Love to Host Free Community Art Workshop
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by Mental Health America of Los Angeles
4M ago
Mental Health America of Los Angeles (MHALA) and DreamKreator Studio’s Rhonda Love have partnered to host a free community art workshop on March 23, 2024. The workshop will be held from 2pm–4:30pm at MHALA’s Integrated Service Center in Long Beach. In addition to art, food, and music, participants can engage in conversations on such topics as COVID, climate change, and social justice.   “People have a lot on their minds, and art is a great way to express it,” said Luther Richert, MHALA’s chief service officer, South County. “This workshop can provide an outlet for some of the b ..read more
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Mental Health America of Los Angeles, Cedars-Sinai Launch Wellness and Behavioral Health Specialist Certificate Program 
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by Mental Health America of Los Angeles
9M ago
Mental Health America of Los Angeles (MHALA) partnered with Cedars-Sinai to launch a certification program that will train a new generation of behavioral health specialists.  The MHALA & Cedars-Sinai Wellness and Behavioral Health Specialist Certificate Program is a free six-week program for college students interested in working as a behavioral health specialist in the mental health or healthcare field. The program, which is funded by Cedars-Sinai, provides education and training on an integrated model of wellness that incorporates mental and physical health models of client care.&n ..read more
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MHALA opens emergency shelter in Antelope Valley
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by Mental Health America of Los Angeles
10M ago
In response to Hurricane Hilary, Mental Health America of Los Angeles (MHALA) opened an emergency shelter in Antelope Valley for unhoused community members impacted by the storm. The shelter, which provides housing and food, can accommodate 180 people and their pets. MHALA’s outreach teams have been working tirelessly to provide shelter and emergency supplies, including tents, tarps, ponchos, food cards, and solar phone chargers, in the days leading up to the storm. As the storm hit Sunday morning, the team was able to relocate 38 people from the flooding riverbeds into safe housing. The loca ..read more
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