What about the building?

The 4 story brown building on the corner of 5th and Elm in Long Beach was built in 1922 and was originally the AT&T Overseas Operator Building. After the Long Beach Earthquake in 1933 the building was rebuilt and continued to be used as a telephone operator’s building.

The building stood vacant for a while and was purchased in the 1980s for conversion to an office building; the developer improved the building seismically but did not complete the project.

MHA bought the vacant property on January 2, 1990 to use as the site for the Village.






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Awards & Honors

  • Los Angeles County Mental Health Commission Personal Legacy Award to then associate director Paul Barry. Spring 2008
  • American Psychiatric Association naming of Mark Ragins, M.D., medical director as a distinguished fellow. Spring 2007
  • Eli Lilly Welcome Back Awards first place award in psychiatry to medical director Mark Ragins, M.D., for his “exceptional approach” to serving individuals.  Spring 200
  • Disabled Resources Center of Long Beach Civic Leadership Award to Paul Barry, then associate director.  Spring 2005
  • United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association Researcher of the Year Award to David Pilon, Ph.D., for his “quality of life” outcomes studies that document the effectiveness of the integrated service model.  Spring 2004
  • Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities three-year accreditation (its maximum) of Village employment services; the commission praised a “commitment to improving persons’ lives.”  Spring 2003
  • National Mental Health Association Innovation in Programming Award for “success in representing state-of-the-art thinking in the mental health field (and) having client empowerment as a central component.”  Summer 2002
  • California Department of Mental Health recognition as a best practice in the “California’s Programs to Address Homelessness” report prepared for the governor.  Spring 2002  
  • American Psychiatric Nurses Association Best Practices Award for best practices in treating people with mental illness.  Fall 2001
  • National Case Management Association “Consumer Case Manager of the Year Award” to MHA Village personal services coordinator Maurice Weeks.  Fall 2001
  • President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities selection of the MHA Village as an approach that “exemplifies best employment practices for people with psychiatric disabilities.”  The Village was one of only 24 programs chosen nationwide for this honor.  December 2000
  • American Psychiatric Association Golden Achievement Award, its highest distinction for community services.   The MHA Village was chosen from national competition for this recognition, given for making “an outstanding contribution to the mental health field (and providing) a model for other programs.”  Fall 2000
  • International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services’ Lifetime Achievement Award to director Martha Long for contributions that “led to lasting and far reaching advances” in the field of mental health rehabilitation services.  Summer 2000
  • Eli Lilly Schizophrenia Award first place award to associate director Paul Barry in recognition of “outstanding achievements … that provide the necessary support for those with schizophrenia and related disorders to reintegrate into their communities.”  1999
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration designation as an “exemplary practice,” which paved the way for agencies across the nation to receive federal funds to replicate the Village model.  1998
  • American Psychiatric Association Van Ameringen Award in Psychiatric Rehabilitation presented to then director Martha Long and medical director Mark Ragins, M.D., for “long standing dedication ... to innovative client-centered programs that provide accessible, effective, efficient services.”  1995
  • California Department of Mental Health “Programs of Excellence” award.  1993
  • The MHA Village has been praised in Los Angeles Times and Long Beach Press Telegram editorials and featured in the Times, Press-Telegram, Time Magazine, La Opiñion and Los Angeles Business Journal.