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?

In order to accommodate the high volume of tour requests, the MHA Training Department has developed the Mini Immersion Training, offered one Wednesday of each month. Mini Immersion trainings consist of attendance at the Wednesday morning community meeting from 9:00 am to 10 am, followed by a presentation of our program structure and service philosophy, a tour of the Village and then we invite you to stay for lunch in our member-operated Deli where you can visit with staff and members.

There is no charge for the Mini Immersion , and lunch in the Deli is $6-10 (they accept cash, visa, mastercard, amex, or discover). For more information or to reserve a seat, please contact: Kristina Esquivel, kesquivel@mhala.org, 562.285.1330 x335.

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