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About Us


Our mission is to inform and motivate the Latinx community to seek early treatment for serious mental illness. Our overall goal is to reduce the time it takes people with serious mental illness to obtain treatment. Our hope is that knowing the symptoms will help people recognize them promptly and not dismiss them as ongoing life problems. This should help people get care for their loved ones as quickly as possible.

The La CLAve program has been funded by multiple sources. They include the Mental Health Services Act through Kern, Riverside and Ventura Counties. In addition, the California Community Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities have supported the La CLAve initiative.

Kern County Seal

Riverside University Health System

Ventura County Behavioral Health

California Community Foundation


NIH-National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Our Amazing Team

Project Directors

Steven R. López

Steven R. Lopez, Ph.D.

Alex Kopelowicz, M.D.

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La CLAve honors those who were previously employed on the La CLAve project as they worked hard to carry out the project goals. Many were just starting their professional careers and have since gone on to pursue graduate degrees or to begin their own academic careers. Their hard work and creative ideas contributed to the success of the La CLAve project.

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La CLAve

For information about La CLAve, please contact:

Steven Lopez, Ph.D.