What about the building?

The 4 story brown building on the corner of 5th and Elm in Long Beach was built in1922 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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MHA Village has been providing training as a part of Mental Health America of Los Angeles’ Training and Workforce Development Department for over 13 years. Our trainers are staff and administrators currently working in the mental health services and advocacy fields. Our reputation for knowledgeable, dynamic trainers and relevant, useful training content has allowed us to build a strong training business which supports other MHA programs and continues the transformation of the mental health system.

We offer Recovery Oriented Practice; a 3-Day Training at MHA Village in Long Beach, CA held monthly September through June. In addition to the 3-Day training we also offer other trainings in topics such as transititional age youth, employment services and many other aspects of recovery oriented practice. MHA Trainers are also available to come to your agency for custom trainings & consultations.

For additional information about Recovery Oriented Practice training or other training and consultation, visit www.buildyourownbox.org/immersion.


Want to Tour the Village?

The Village offers a three-hour Mini Immersion once per month for individuals or groups who would like to learn more about our philosophy and the services we provide to our members.

What you will experience during your visit:

  • Attendance at the Village Community Meeting: Our Town hall meeting where staff, members and the community come together to talk about their accomplishments, challenges and happenings
  • An hour-long discussion about the Village philosophy
  • A tour of the Village covers our unique team dynamics, services provided and employment services. Tour guides are our Personal Service Coordinators and staff from the Training and Workforce Development team who volunteer as guides.
  • After the tour, you may join us in our member run Deli 456 for lunch which can be purchased for $ 6 to $10 per person (we accept Visa, MasterCard and cash). The tour is free but we appreciate your support in helping us keep these tours going.

Your visit will happen while Village services are being provided. To limit the impact on the program and to ensure staff availability for the tour, reservations are required.

For reservations: Contact Kristina Esquivel at kesquivel@mhala.org or you may call at (562)285-1330 x 335.

Cancellations: Please cancel reservations and group tours at least 48 hours in advance of your reservation, since this affects our staffing schedule.


Please note that these trainings fill up fast and space is limited!