History of Public Mental Health Care in California


Project Data

Care for Severe Mental Illness
in Los Angeles County (1850s to present)
 
Oral Histories
 
 

In the past 50 years, through the initiative and efforts of DMH clinicians and staff, social workers, advocates, family members, and people with mental illness themselves, Los Angeles County has learned how to help those lost in darkness to find their way back to secure and rewarding lives. But what has been done is not yet enough. Here are the stories of what is possible, what has been achieved, and how and why the vision still remains unfulfilled.

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