What eventually became MHCAN initially was begun by

PIRC- a radical group of psychiatric survivors called the

Psychiatric Inmate Rights Collective.


           After some time, PIRC began meeting at The Little Blue

House near Emeline and the medical model folks from the

County began to become a firm part of the collective whole.

           The supportive network became so important to the

community that it was decided to establish MHCAN as an

official organization and give it County Mental Health

Funding.  The William James Foundation was called upon to

assist MHCAN in forming and was the initial organization to

help MHCAN establish itself as a 501c3 for public benefit

nonprofit corporation, which became official on August 11,



Our History

MHCAN Through the Years

MHCAN of Santa Cruz

Mental Health Client Action Network

The *ONLY* Mental Health PEER RUN Organization

in Santa Cruz County, California