The Barbara A. Mouton Multicultural Wellness Center
The Barbara A. Mouton Multicultural Wellness Center (The Mouton Center) is a new mental health facility and programmatic initiative resource for East Palo Alto (EPA) residents. Opened in June of 2009 by One East Palo Alto (OEPA), The Mouton Center is a place where consumers of mental health services and their family members can go to receive support, information, and be in community with each other.
One East Palo Alto acts as lead agency for The Mouton Center, implementing all aspects of its development and operation. This role is made possible by major Mental Health Services Act funding provided by a contract with San Mateo County’s Department of Health Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) division. The Mouton Center and OEPA are supported by collaborative mental health initiatives currently underway with organizational partners including San Mateo County’s BHRS division, the East Palo Alto Mental Health Advisory Group and the East Palo Alto Partnership for Mental Health Outreach.
About Mrs. Barbara A. Mouton – A native of San Francisco, Mrs. Barbara Mouton was the daughter of an NAACP president. She was educated at Stanford University and became a devoted civil rights activist. Mrs. Mouton moved to East Palo Alto as an adult, engaged deeply in local affairs and eventually became one of the most prominent leaders of the battle to have East Palo Alto incorporated as a city. After incorporation, Mrs. Mouton was elected to EPA’s first City Council and became the first mayor. At the end of her tenure as a Council member, she served on boards of numerous agencies that provided services addressing critical quality of life issues in EPA, including affordable housing, legal rights, youth development and senior care. Mrs. Barbara Mouton was a founding board member of OEPA.
One East Palo Alto is proud to operate a center named after one of our city’s most progressive leaders.
OEPA’s current operational strategy to Build Youth and Family Resilience through Mega-network Continuum of Care Development is partly actualized through The Mouton Center’s groundbreaking partnership with San Mateo County. The combination of the County’s BHRS division and The Mouton Center’s fellowship, camaraderie, folk medicine and cultural/spiritual healing align with our Mega-network Continuum of Care model.
What makes The Mouton Center so unique is its emphasis on offering a multicultural environment and program reflective of the characteristics of EPA’s major ethnic groups to adults 18 years and older and their family members. Also, in keeping with self-help center practices, The Mouton Center is consumer-led, with staff having lived experience as consumers of mental health services and/or or their family members.
For more information on The Mouton Center (in English), please contact staff at 650.330.1040.
Location: 903 Weeks Street, Second Floor, East Palo Alto, CA 94303
Hours of operation:
Closed Sundays, Mondays, Fridays & Saturday
Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00pm – 7:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am - 1:00pm
Snacks or a meal will be provided each day of operation
Please drop in!
From Highway 101, take the University Avenue exit east, turn right at Bay Road, turn right at Clark Avenue, turn left at Weeks Street. The Mouton Center is on the corner of Clark Avenue and Weeks Street.
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