RECOVERY-

The Los Angeles County Client Coalition, Inc. supports the transformation of the system of care in Los Angeles from a medical model to a recovery model. This is based on the fact that research has shown that persons diagnosed with mental illness can recover.

Recovery, in the mental health context, is different than that described in the substance-abuse arena which is based on abstinence from abused substances. We see recovery in mental health as a path rather than a destiny, which allows anyone who is going forward most of the time but who may take occasional detours to be considered “in recovery.” It is a dynamic concept–one of movement. Those movements don’t have to be big movements. Just like any goal, one must take steps toward achieving the goal. Those steps can take many shapes. Someone who is “working on their recovery” can be seen attending self-help activities, enjoying social/cultural activities, doing something meaningful (to them) with their lives, and is possibly still in treatment.

ADVOCACY-

Mental health client/consumer advocacy is a recognized self-help modality. It is also called “social action.” Persons diagnosed with mental illness who advocate for other mental health client/consumers are representing those of their peers who are not at a particular meeting or event. They are knowledgeable about the issues which are important to the quality of life of their peers. These include legislation, cultural issues, and general life issues such as government entitlements, housing, work, social life, education, etc.

One of the best ways for mental health client/consumers to get involved in advocacy is for them to attend meetings of the Los Angeles County Client Coalition (LACCC), Inc. or its chapters. These monthly meetings provide opportunities to network with other advocates and discuss the “hot button” issues. They can do other advocacy work such as attending and speaking up at the Mental Health Services’ Act public hearings, work groups, or forums. Other meetings are the Service Area Advisory Councils where they live. They can use their voice to effect change in the Mental Health System.

Clients/consumers who become interested in advocacy and get involved in the LACCC, Inc, can receive stipends from attending & speaking at meetings through the Countywide Activity Fund (CAF). They can attend local & other mental health conferences with a full scholarship. They have valuable experiences and learn transferable skills which can prepare them for work in the mental health field, if that is their desire. They can become LACCC Officers & Committee Chairs to work on and learn or brush up on leadership and speaking skills.

If you are looking for a new experience and want to enhance your recovery, then we encourage you to check into the possibilities of mental health client/consumer advocacy with the LACCC, Inc.

LACCC, Inc.

February 11th, 2021


General Meetings are an open invitation to all who want to be part of the consumer movement.

Use the links below to go to the zoom session or download the latest agenda.

General Meetings every second Friday of the month
12:30pm to 2:30pm


Upcoming LACCC, Inc. General Meetings:

  • Friday February 11th, 2022 12:30 to 2:30pm

  • Friday March 11th, 2022 12:30 to 2:30pm

  • Friday April 8th, 2022 12:30 to 2:30pm

  • Friday May 13th, 2022 12:30 to 2:30pm

  • Friday June 10th, 2022 12:30 to 2:30pm

  • Friday July 8th, 2022 12:30 to 2:30pm

Membership

Any past or present mental health client, consumer, or survivor can become a regular member of LACCC by attending the monthly meetings which are held on the second Friday of each month online at Zoom. Membership is free.

If you are new to Zoom, contact Brent and let him know you may need extra help getting online.

Meetings start at 12:30pm and continue until 2:30pm. We may have in person meetings later in 2021; please ask about our CALIF location for parking/commuting information when that happens.

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Executive Board Members


Betty Dandino, CEO

Betty Dandino

Betty Dandino has been the President of LACCC, Inc. for many years.


Kathy Diradoorian, Advocacy Chair

Kathy is our peer advocacy chair who helps connect us to peer advocacy related resources.


Pam Inaba, Chair Emeritus/Resiliency Chair

Pam Inaba

Pam was our President many years ago and now is the Resiliency chair.
She helps write minutes for our meetings and is a wealth of resources as an ACCESS ambassador .


Zerita Jones, Board Member & Secretary

Zerita is a community leader who also helps document our meetings.


Brent Popham, Treasurer

Brent Popham

Brent is not only our treasurer, CFO, and Advocacy Chair, but is also the host of our zoom sessions.


Sandra Cheng, Social Media & Grants

Sandra supports LACCC with website design and grant applications.


What the Los Angeles County Client Coalition Does

  • Provides information on trainings on Advocacy & Other Topics

  • Links Clients to Conferences where People talk about Empowerment, Advocacy, Reducing Stigma and Discrimination, Diversity, and Client-run Programs.

  • Educates Clients/Consumers on How to Advocate for Themselves and for Others

  • Provides safe Community Socialization tools for Clients Who are providers for others with disabilities & Actively Making a Difference in LA County

  • Meets Once a Month to Discuss Issues Important to Mental Health Clients

  • Helps Clients Learn about How to Get Involved in the Mental Health Advocacy Movement

  • Helps Clients Learn Strategies to Make Change in the Mental Health System

  • Gives Information on Education, Employment. Housing, Benefits, Services, Peer Support, Client’s Rights, Advocacy, Legislation & Other Aspects of Mental Health

  • Provides Mental Health Social Action & Advocacy as a non-profit Organization for Clients in the LA County Area

  • Promotes Recovery, Wellness, Hope, & Self Determination for People Receiving Mental Health Services

  • Advocates for Such Causes as No budget cuts for Social Security, Medicare and Medi-Cal, Food Stamps for People on SSI, Better Health Care and Mental Health Treatment Options, More Client-driven and Client-run Programs

  • Combats Stigma & Discrimination in Society of People with Lived Experience

  • Promotes Diversity and Cultural Competence to Create a Just Society that Embraces People with Disabilities

  • Promotes Client/Consumers’ Knowledge of the Structure and Functions of the LA County Department of Mental Health

  • Networks with Other Organizations to Create Collaborations & Partnerships that will help Us Spread the Word about Recovery, Wellness, Hope and Self Determination

  • Liaisons with Three of the Client-Run Programs: The Benefits Assistance Clients Urban Project (BACUP), MHALA Project Return, & LELA (Lived Experience LA) so that Clients Know where They can Go for Client-Centered Activities

  • Elects Officers to Give Clients a Chance to Practice Leadership & Learn Skills to Help Conduct a Meeting & Run an Organization

  • Advocates for Empowerment & Self-Actualization of All Mental Health Clients in LA County

  • Informs Clients of Political & Social Factors Which Affect Their Well-Being

  • Advocates for Empowerment & Self-Actualization of All Mental Health Client/Consumers

  • Informs Client/Consumers of Political & Social Factors Which Affect Their Well-Being

  • Exists to Enhance Client/Consumers’ Self-Esteem, Build Confidence & Practice Recovery

  • Demonstrates to Client/Consumers what Recovery can Look Like

  • Describes the History of the Client Movement while at the same time becoming a part of it

  • Connects Client/Consumers with Experienced Consumer Advocates who have helped Shape & Enhance the Client Movement in LA County

  • The Client Coalition Meetings are Held on the Second Friday of Each Month from 12:30 to 2:30 pm on Zoom.

For more info, Contact LACCC Chair Emeritus and Nonprofit Secretary Pam Inaba.
Feel free to call, text, or email.



Vision Statement

The Los Angeles County Client Coalition (LACCC), its affiliate BLACCC, and its chapters, including the Latino Coalition and Asian Coalition, are dedicated to championing diversity and inclusion to create a just society that embraces people with disabilities.


Mission Statement

The Los Angeles County Client Coalition is an association of current or former mental health clients who carry the message of hope, recovery, wellness, and self-determination to our peers and to our communities, including the mental health community, through our advocacy efforts.


Current Strategic Goals

  • To promote recovery principles and practices for people receiving mental health services

  • To combat discrimination and foster social inclusion for ourselves and our peers

  • To network with other groups to improve the quality of life for people like ourselves

  • To increase membership and involvement through outreach and education

  • To develop a yearly budget and fundraising plan related to our goals


BLACK Client Coalition-

Osbee Sangster

President


Coalicion de Clientes Latinos de Salud Mental-

Emmanuel Martinez

President


Asian American Client Coalition-

Pam Inaba

President


Long Beach Client Coalition –

Ursula Sims

President

We now have a NEW HOME at CALIF– (In person meetings may be held here)

Communities Actively Living
Independent & Free

634 South Spring Street, 2 nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90014

By Bus: LA Metro Line #18 stops at 6th and Spring. Walk towards 7th Street or Turn Right & walk on the left side of the street…634 is past “The Falls Restaurant & the fire hydrant

By Car: Parking is available in lot next to the Building just past 634 on the left side of the street. You may want to carpool with someone who has gone before to learn how to park for free. Feel free to email or call Pam (below) to ask who can.

Parking at CALIF: Spring is a 1-way street so go South on Spring from 6th to 634 S Spring on the left side past the building with blue striped awnings (which is labeled “City Lofts”). Enter the first driveway adjacent to the old building. (You should not have to cross the street.) ; Go up to the 2nd floor and sign for a Parking Permit from the Receptionist. You need to put the Permit in the Windshield and Park the Car. The Meeting/Celebration is on the Mezzanine Floor–M button in the elevator.

It’s called “Joe’s Auto Parks” with an automated machine. A parking attendant may come by to ask you about your ticket vouchers and permit. If not, simply wait until a parking space opens up, park in a valid space once it does. Usually someone will relinquish a space within ten to fifteen minutes if you can wait.

Go to the 2nd floor Office & ask for a Parking sign to put in you car window. If there was an attendant, they may also give you ticket vouchers to give to the attendant.

Enter the 634 Building and tell the Guy at the Counter you are going to CALIF (pronounced KAL-LAIF).
Take the elevator to the 2nd Floor and enter the open office door.
Tell the Receptionist you are going to the LACCC Meeting and Sign in.
Go to the back of the office to the CALIF Conference Room.

LACCC, Inc. Executive Board Meeting

Please note these meetings are for Board Members & by invitation only. Thank you!

Upcoming Executive Board Meetings:

  • Tuesday 01/18/22 4:30-6:30pm

  • Tuesday 02/01/22 4:30-6:30pm

  • Tuesday 02/15/22 4:30-6:30pm

  • Tuesday 03/01/22 4:30-6:30pm

  • Tuesday 03/15/22 4:30-6:30pm

  • Tuesday 04/05/22 4:30-6:30pm

  • Tuesday 04/19/22 4:30-6:30pm

  • Tuesday 05/03/22 4:30-6:30pm

  • Tuesday 05/17/22 4:30-6:30pm

Executive Board Meetings Biweekly every first and third Tuesday of the month
4:30pm to 6:30pm

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