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,


1995.



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MHCAN of Santa Cruz

Mental Health Client Action Network


Our History


MHCAN Through the Years