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,
The *ONLY* Mental Health PEER RUN Organization
in Santa Cruz County, California