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Program Information
Program Name: Project Return Peer Support Network
Agency Name: Mental Health America of Los Angeles
Year the Program was Started: 1992
Public Contact Person: Guyton Colantuono
Address: 6055 E. Washington Boulevard
Suite 900
Commerce, CA 90040
Telephone #: (323) 346-0960 x210
Fax #: (323) 346-0966
Email Address:
Website URL:
Program Category: Support Group
Target Participants:
Program Setting:
Program Owned or Leased Facility (leased store front, community residence)
Annual Program Budget: Over $400,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: 10-20
Paid Part-Time: 20+
Volunteers: None
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: All
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Usually
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: All
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula, Individual training, Guides/Manuals
Cost for materials? Sometimes
Program Goals: 1. To help mental health consumers thrive in the community more successfully and with greater comfort and satisfaction. 2. To support individuals in developing their personal life goals, such as living independently, having jobs, pursuing education, and benefiting from a strong social support network. 3. To increase consumer-run opportunities, demonstrating cost-effective, high quality programs that significantly improve the quality of life for members. 4. To increase community acceptance of and reduce stigma associated with persons with mental illness.
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? Yes
If Yes, details: A study of Project Return Peer Support Network efficacy was conducted FY 2007-2008 and FY 2008-2009 by an external researcher.
Program Mission Statement: Project Return Support Network promotes wellness, personal growth and self-determination for people who have experienced mental illness by providing social opportunities, education and community involvement. We believe in diverstiy, acceptance, advocacy and empowerment while encouraging people to transform their lives.

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