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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Monday
Dec052011

Four Levels of Recovery Practice – 2009

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A checklist description of four transformed levels of practice – recovery enhanced practice, recovery based practice, community integration, and community development inspired by four levels of leadership skills – direction, support, linkage, and networking

Monday
Dec052011

What is Recovery Based Practice? – Outline – 2010

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A list of concrete practices that are recovery based for staff who say “I’m already doing recovery.”

Monday
Dec052011

Taking Strengths Seriously – 2011

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An analysis of four different perspectives of strengths based work - social determinants of health, protective factors, self efficacy, and building resilience by finding strengths in struggles

 

 

Monday
Dec052011

Working towards Services for all Substance Abusing Mentally Ill People – 1994

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My version of the NIMH four stages- engagement, persuasion, active treatment, and relapse prevention as a practical guide to dual diagnosis services    

Monday
Dec052011

Creating a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Culture – 2004

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Dealing with the emotional issues underlying our difficulties working with substance abusing people

Monday
Dec052011

Integrating Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment within a Recovery Framework – 2006

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A vision of the possibilities of the implications of a truly integrated approach to dual diagnosis

Monday
Dec052011

Friends with Families - 1997

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Some musings on the difficulties working with families and an approach based on being “replacement peers” instead of “replacement families”

Monday
Dec052011

Advice for Families – 2009

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An e-mail from a friend asking for help for parents of someone recently diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia led to this response  

Monday
Dec052011

Challenging the Suicide Status Quo – 1999

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A bold rethinking of suicide prevention from a person centered, subjective point of view worth considering given the Village’s remarkably low suicide rate.

Monday
Dec052011

Forming Treatment Relationships – Reach Out and Touch Someone - 2001

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A set of six practical techniques for engaging people

Monday
Dec052011

American Refugees: The Village as Ellis Island - 2002

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Reconceptualizing homeless people as “refugees in their own country” and our services as refugee services including practical implications

Monday
Dec052011

Who are the Mentally Ill Homeless? - 2003

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My reflections on the “actual” diagnoses of mentally ill homeless people and the serious limitations of DSM for this group of people         

Monday
Dec052011

Dr. Mark’s Ten Myths of Homeless Mental Illness – 2004

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A very controversial article challenging the prevailing view that homeless mental illness is the result of deinstitutionalization when so many people were so impaired early in childhood

Monday
Dec052011

Give Me a Home – 2004

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An overview of recovery based housing from vision to principles to practices

Monday
Dec052011

Let’s Include Psychiatrists – 1993

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A brief list of six ways to include psychiatrists 

Monday
Dec052011

Training Psychosocial Rehabilitation Psychiatrists – 1997

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A discussion of psychosocial rehabilitation, not as an adjunct to medical treatment, but as an entire reframing of medical treatment including the nature of the therapeutic relationship, techniques, and desired outcomes

Monday
Dec052011

Medication Collaboration Strategies – 1998

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A short list of my twelve instructions for psychiatrists

Monday
Dec052011

Psychiatrists’ Recovery Curriculum – 2003

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Suggestions for key competencies for recovery based psychiatrists including engagement, assessment, treatment, and outcomes

Monday
Dec052011

Transforming Psychiatric Residencies – 2005

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Recommendations for a model psychiatric residency training program to promote community based recovery psychiatry

Monday
Dec052011

Dr. Mark’s Guidelines for Psychiatrist Teamwork – 2009

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A practical description of the psychiatrists’ job at the Village to guide case managers’ collaboration