For over 40 years, our professional and caring staff have helped thousands through their process of recovery. From our West Los Angeles locations, we serve adults of all ages experiencing life stressors, mental health issues, coexisting substance misuse, and, those who are homeless.
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic expedited the release of many incarcerated individuals. The ‘Bandera Residences’ are two, bridge housing programs, providing a total of 40 men with mental health issues who are being released from incarceration into our care.
In 2019, with new funding from DHS, the Center opened the “Fisher House,” a bridge housing program located in the South-Central area of Los Angeles. The Fisher House brings 43 men with mental health issues who are being released from incarceration into our care. While they are a resident at the Fisher House, individuals will be linked to both mental and traditional health care services as they are assisted in finding permanent housing. The Fisher House is supported by the generosity of Actress/Director/Mental Health Advocate Joely Fisher and the Fisher Family.
In 2018, Alcott leased and rehabilitated a space adjacent to its main site, adding a dual-purpose Art Gallery to house client art, art activities and additional office space for a newly funded DMH ‘Full-Service Partnership’ (FSP) program. The FSP program, Alcott’s most intensive DMH program, works specifically with adults being released from incarceration providing 24/7 wrap-around treatment designed to stabilize, house and reintegrate them into the community.
At about the same time, Alcott was awarded a new contract with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services’ (DHS) “Housing for Health” Program. Working with the Los Angeles County Coordinated Entry System (CES) and the Office of Diversion & Reentry (ODR), these programs accept referrals of homeless individuals, providing intensive case management, housing location and linkage to mental health services. In addition, the ODR program works to reduce recidivism rates, providing rehabilitation and necessary treatment vs. jail time. To house this program and agency administration, the Center opened new offices just up the street on Robertson.
In 2013, Alcott discontinued residential services and placed its residents in alternate housing. While the operation of these services has been discontinued, Alcott continues to assist consumers who are homeless and those in housing maintain as independent a lifestyle as they are able, while at the same time, has opened access to its Community Living Skills Program to other agencies and consumers in the community.
The outpatient center was relocated to its current location on Alcott Street near Pico and Robertson Boulevards. In order to reflect its new location, the agency name was changed to the Alcott Center for Mental Health Services.
Responding to the desire of “board and care” residents to live more independently, Alcott developed an independent living skills program and a corresponding semi-independent housing site. “The Plaza,” an apartment complex designed specifically for graduates of the Community Living Program (CLP), provided a semi-independent living to its residents who, in turn, provided each other with support, shared experiences and social interaction. To this day, Alcott’s Community Living Program continues to assist adults from all areas of Los Angeles to develop the necessary skills to live independently.
Beginning as a Board & Care living facility, the Center then housed individuals impacted by mental illness. A year later the agency was awarded a contract with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH) to provide mental health services to its residents and, in 1986, a freestanding outpatient resource center was added to serve the broader community.
Established in 1979 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, then called the “Beverlywood Mental Health Center,” the agency has assisted thousands of individuals impacted by mental health issues to achieve their full potential.