Pacific Clinics’ Head Start Combines Education, Mental Health Services

OUTLOOK file photo Pacific Clinics’ President/CEO Jim Balla and TV news anchor and mental health advocate Ellen Leyva are pictured at last year’s fundraising event for the nonprofit, the Champions of Mental Health annual gala.
OUTLOOK file photo
Pacific Clinics’ President/CEO Jim Balla and TV news anchor and mental health advocate Ellen Leyva are pictured at last year’s fundraising event for the nonprofit, the Champions of Mental Health annual gala.

When Rosa first came to Pacific Clinics for help, the young mother was at the lowest point in her life. A victim of domestic violence, she had finally made a terrifying decision: seek safety for herself and her baby boy, and, in doing so, leave financial security and a home behind.
She felt broken and depressed, and while living at a shelter, Rosa feared for her son’s future. When a contentious custody battle ensued, it tested every fiber of her self-worth and drove her to the brink when she temporarily lost her right to live with Jacob. Worse yet, the young boy had been traumatized, exhibiting behavioral and communication issues by the time she got him back. Continue reading “Pacific Clinics’ Head Start Combines Education, Mental Health Services”

Local Woman to Receive Mental Health Award at Pacific Clinics Gala

Ellen Leyva
Ellen Leyva

Pacific Clinics will honor longtime supporter and mental health advocate Ellen Leyva at its Champions of Mental Health Summer Gala on Saturday, June 23. The fundraising event begins at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Globe Theatre at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Pacific Clinics is one of the largest nonprofit mental health providers in Southern California, serving more than 22,000 individuals annually at more than 60 locations in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. The agency provides life-changing mental health treatment and supportive services to low-income children, adults and families, and operates Head Start/Early Head Start programs for preschool children.
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Pacific Clinics Expands Services to Most Vulnerable, Low-Income Children

Photo courtesy Kathryn Roberts Teacher Sonia Ebrahimi reads with a child at Pacific Clinics’ Nesbitt Early Head Start center in Altadena.
Photo courtesy Kathryn Roberts
Teacher Sonia Ebrahimi reads with a child at Pacific Clinics’ Nesbitt Early Head Start center in Altadena.

It may be one of the largest community mental health agencies in Los Angeles County, but Pasadena-based Pacific Clinics keeps its care personal, always looking to improve services to some of the most vulnerable in the community and help those struggling with mental illness to live their best lives, one person at a time.
Although the nonprofit serves more than 22,500 clients annually throughout 60 locations spanning the Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, and has an operating budget of about $98 million, Pacific Clinics President/CEO James Balla said he just keeps his eye on that one patient at a time.
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Pacific Clinics’ Fiesta Brunch is May 21

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Paulette and Terry Chapman were among those who attended Pacific Clinics’ Fiesta Brunch last year. This year’s annual fundraiser will be held on Sunday, May 21, at Pasadena’s Brookside Golf Club, and will be emceed by ABC-7 Eyewitness News anchor Ellen Leyva. Pacific Clinics’ signature fundraiser will help them provide mental health services, substance abuse treatment, vocational and employment assistance, supportive housing services, and Head Start and Early Head Start programs to more than 24,000 children each year. To learn more about the Fiesta Brunch, including sponsorship and ticket information, visit pacificclinics.org.