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MHA Innovates Services for Individuals who are Homeless and Vulnerable

MHA’s newest program, Homeless Innovation Project (HIP), provides mental and physical health care to the most “vulnerable” homeless people in the city of Long Beach.  

Funded by an innovation grant under the Mental Health Services Act, MHA is pleased to partner with The Children’s Clinic, Serving Children and Their Families to blend mental health, physical health, housing and substance abuse recovery.

A Mobile Health Team combines on-the-street and in-home services with new technology to increase access to services and improve the quality of recovery-focused care.  Our HIP team works collaboratively on outreach, engagement and case management; physical and mental health assessment and monitoring; housing placement and support; education/employment services; and peer support.

Through HIP, we are creating an innovative, integrated approach to help individuals who are homeless sustain housing, self-reliance and a healthy lifestyle.  For more information, call 562-285-1330, extension 266.

Meet Cooperberg, the "Commish"

Judy Cooperberg, our Antelope Valley executive director, was appointed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich to the Los Angeles County Mental Health Commission to serve a three-year term.  Along with 15 other commissioners, Judy is tapped to advise the Board of Supervisors and the county’s mental health director on various aspects of local mental health programs.

The County’s Fifth District is a vast area which includes all or parts of the San Gabriel, Pomona, San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys. “Judy brings over 30 years of mental health advocacy experience to the commission. She is a problem solver and will be a great asset to the commission,” said Antonovich.

“I am honored to be appointed to the Commission. It is a tremendous opportunity for me to advocate for the Antelope Valley community’s mental health needs and ensure that they are taken into consideration,” Judy commented.

At MHA, Judy is responsible for the development of recovery programs for adults, young adults, veterans and homeless individuals and families in Antelope Valley. She is a certified psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner (CPRP) and sits on many charitable and community boards and committees in Antelope Valley.

Village Cookie Shoppe: Not Your Cookie-Cutter Kind of Business

We’re the best. Our Village Cookie Shoppe was voted best dessert in the Long Beach Press Telegram’s annual Reader’s Choice vote.

The Village Cookie Shoppe is a gourmet online bakery created to provide employment and marketable job skills to the people we serve. All revenues are reinvested back into services that help individuals get an education, a job and a place to call home.

“Our story and unique business model resonate with the public because while people like to shop for quality, delicious treats, they also welcome opportunities to give back to their communities,” explained Paul Barry, MHA Village executive director.

A newly re-launched website,, offers customers secure and convenient ordering and shipping of its gourmet cookies and brownies.  We encourage you to “like” us on Facebook.

“We’ve demonstrated that this is a viable business and the more cookies we sell the more people we can help,” said Gary Scannell, MHA Village director of employment and business development.

Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Adopts MORS

The Milestones of Recovery Scale (MORS), an evaluation tool created by MHA’s David Pilon, Ph.D., and Mark Ragins, M.D.  was adopted by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. MORS is a tool for tracking the process of recovery for individuals with mental illness.

MORS is rooted in the principles of psychiatric rehabilitation and defines recovery as a process beyond symptom reduction, client compliance and service utilization.  It provides important data that can help service providers  tailor services to fit each individual’s needs, assign individuals to the right level of care and create “flow” through a mental health system.

MORS can help systems and programs demonstrate to funding sources, politicians and the public that mental health systems can be cost-effective and achieve positive outcomes.  Visit to learn more.

Heading to the Hill

MHA Board members and staff will meet with offices of California’s Congressional delegation at our annual mental health “Day on the Hill.” It is part of the national conference of Mental Health America that takes place in mid-June.
This is one of the ways we work to keep our cause visible.  We’ll be talking about issues such as suicide prevention among youth and adults, mental health in schools, health care and health information technology.

To learn more about our advocacy action, please contact Chad Costello, M.S.W., our director of public policy, at

Operation Healthy Homecoming Helps Vets Return to Homes, Healthy Lives

Operation Healthy Homecoming, a MHA Antelope Valley program funded through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, serves veterans and their families who are homeless or are at risk for becoming homeless. 

We coordinate services to break down barriers to maintain or obtain housing stability.  This includes temporary financial assistance to aid with short-term issues, assistance in obtaining public benefits, connecting to Veterans Affairs, providing resources and support for mental health, job coaching and employment assistance, and housing counseling and placement.
“Our program focuses on sustained housing and stable income, two areas that are crucial to preventing or ending homelessness for veterans,” said Judy A. Cooperberg, MHA Antelope Valley executive director.

For more information about Operation Healthy Homecoming, call (661) 579-8301.

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