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Finding Aid for the Collection of Materials on Mental Health Advocacy in California, 1963-2010
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Collection of Materials on Mental Health Advocacy in California
    Date (inclusive): 1963-2010
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1980-2006
    Collection number: 510
    Extent: 41 record cartons (42 linear ft.) 1 document box, 1 half document box, 1 flat box
    Abstract: This collection documents the history of mental health patient advocacy and services in California, with an emphasis on Los Angeles County, from the 1960s to the present. Containing materials from longstanding grassroots advocacy organizations including Mental Health Advocacy Services (MHAS), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Mental Health America (MHA), and Project Return Players, as well as from the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, the collection provides a diverse account of the development and growth of mental health treatment in California. Records exist in various formats including court documents, correspondence, printed publications, newspaper clippings, photographs, audiovisual materials, and ephemera.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Language of the Material: Materials are in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. All materials are stored off site and require advance notice for use. Please contact History and Special Collections for the Sciences, UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, 310.825.6940, to arrange for use.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. All materials are stored off site and require advance notice for use. Please contact History and Special Collections for the Sciences, UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, 310.825.6940, to arrange for use.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights in the physical objects belong to the UCLA Biomedical Library. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish if the Biomedical Library does not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Materials were collected and donated by Marcia L. Meldrum, Ph.D.

    Processing Note

    Preliminary processing by Amanda Stemen; fully processed by Courtney Dean in 2012 in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Jillian Cuellar.
    The processing of this collection was generously supported by Arcadia   funds.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Collection of Materials on Mental Health Advocacy in California (Collection Number 510). Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections for the Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biography/History

    The collection was acquired by Marcia L. Meldrum, Ph.D., a researcher in the UCLA Department of History and part of UCLA’s Center for Health Services and Society. Meldrum began collecting materials in 2008, with the aim of documenting the recent history of Mental Health Services in California and Los Angeles County. Materials were obtained from three main sources: Mental Health Advocacy Services (MHAS), a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization which provides legal advocacy to mental health clients; the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH); and patient advocacy organizations related to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), of which California has significant chapters. The physical collection is a supplement to an interpretive website ( http://www.pendari.com/DMH/home.aspx  ) created by UCLA’s Center for the Study of Public Mental Health in a collaboration between UCLA and LACDMH.

    Scope and Content

    Materials in the collection range from 1963-2010, with the bulk of material dating from ca. 1980-2006. The collection consists of court documents, correspondence and memorandums, newsletters, reports, journal articles, newspaper clippings, photographs, audiovisual materials, and ephemera related to mental health patient advocacy and mental health treatment in California and Los Angeles County. There is a particularly strong subject focus on community-based treatment approaches and recovery, and Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act of 2004, which increased funding to county mental health programs and transformed service delivery models. A significant portion of the collection pertains to the 1979-1987 court case MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION IN CALIFORNIA et al., Plaintiffs and Appellants, v. GEORGE DEUKMEJIAN, as Governor, etc., et al., Defendants and Respondents, which sought state funding for least restrictive treatment settings and community-based mental health services. In addition to professional, administrative, and scholarly materials, there are notable personal items such as correspondence to advocacy organizations from the family members of patients, detailed case histories, and an assortment of published poetry, creative writing, and art by the mentally ill and their family and friends.
    Materials were obtained from Mental Health Advocacy Services (MHAS), Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH), and patient advocacy organizations related to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), including Parents of Adult Schizophrenics (PAS), with additional advocacy material from Mental Health America (MHA) and Project Return Players.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The records are arranged in three series, two of which have been further arranged in subseries. The contents of each series and subseries are arranged alphabetically as follows:
    • Series 1: Legal Files of Mental Health Association v. Deukmejian, 1978-1989
    • Subseries 1.1: Legal Documents, 1979-1987
    • Subseries 1.2: Research Materials, 1978-1989
    • Series 2: Documents of Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH), 1963-2009
    • Series 3: Mental Health Patient Advocacy, 1965-2010
    • Subseries 3.1: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1969-2010
    • Subseries 3.2: Mental Health America (MHA), 1983-2008
    • Subseries 3.3: Project Return Players, 1980-1999
    • Subseries 3.4: Other Mental Health Patient Advocacy, 1965-2010

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Mental Health Advocacy Services (MHAS)
    National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
    Mental Health America (MHA)

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