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Mental Health Advocacy Services

Protecting and Advancing the Legal Rights of People with Mental Disabilities.

three stars

86.58

3255 Wilshire Boulevard Suite 902
Los Angeles, CA 90010
tel: (213) 389-2077   Web Site
EIN: 95-3371166

Board Leadership
David Bower
President

CEO
James Preis
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.58 three stars
  Financial 84.54 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 11/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. provides free legal services to people with mental and developmental disabilities. Established in 1977, MHAS is sponsored by the Los Angeles County and Beverly Hills Bar Associations and the Mental Health Association in California. MHAS assists both children and adults, with an emphasis on obtaining government benefits and services, protecting rights, and fighting discrimination. MHAS also serves as a resource to the community by providing training and technical assistance to attorneys, mental health professionals, consumer and family member groups, and other advocates. In addition, MHAS participates in impact litigation in an effort to improve the lives of people with mental and developmental disabilities.

Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. provides free legal services to people with mental and developmental disabilities. Established in 1977, MHAS is sponsored by the Los Angeles County and Beverly Hills Bar Associations and the Mental Health Association in California. MHAS assists both children and adults, with an emphasis on obtaining government benefits and services, protecting rights, and fighting discrimination. MHAS also serves as a resource to the community by providing training and technical assistance to attorneys, mental health professionals, consumer and family member groups, and other advocates. In addition, MHAS participates in impact litigation in an effort to improve the lives of people with mental and developmental disabilities.

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Financial

three stars

84.54

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 11/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
83.4%
  Administrative Expenses 10.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.36
  Program Expenses Growth -7.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 9.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Mental Health Advocacy Services on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Mental Health Advocacy Services on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mental Health Advocacy Services (CA) 86.58 three stars
Mississippi Center for Justice (MS) 86.39 three stars
Justice in Aging (DC) 99.51 four stars
Centro Legal De La Raza (CA) 92.22 four stars
Virginia Legal Aid Society (VA) 89.71 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $210,253
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $111,711
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $197,744
Total Contributions $519,708
   Program Service Revenue $60,655
Total Primary Revenue $580,363
   Other Revenue $-10,408
TOTAL REVENUE $569,955
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $606,846
   Administrative Expenses $88,930
   Fundraising Expenses $82,824
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $778,600
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-208,645
   
Net Assets $320,208

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Fair Housing Advocacy Project $125,000 20.6%
Veterans Reintegration Project $117,867 19.4%
Government Benefits Advocacy Project $113,645 18.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 11/01/2018 86.58 three stars
2016-12 09/01/2017 88.22 three stars
2015-12 10/01/2016 88.47 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 86.84 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 81.95 three stars
2013-12 12/01/2014 79.88 two stars
2012-12 11/01/2013 79.71 two stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 87.17 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 95-3371166
Name in IRS Master File MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY SERVICES INC
NTEE Code F00
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (559) Other matters
(166) Mental health care
(994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date July, 1979
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$97,802 12.56% James Preis Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mental Health Advocacy Services (CA) 86.58 three stars
Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) (NY) 86.20 three stars
Chicago Bar Foundation (IL) 88.90 three stars
Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (IL) 86.04 three stars
Centro Legal De La Raza (CA) 92.22 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Mental Health Advocacy Services
3255 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 902
Los Angeles, CA 90010
tel: (213) 389-2077
EIN: 95-3371166

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Board Leadership

David Bower
President

CEO

James Preis
Executive Director

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