Administrative Offices

1200 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Tel: (213) 481-7464
Fax: (213) 481-7147

Children Services

Children's Clinic M-F 9am-5pm
(213) 482-9400

Services & Programs
(213) 481-4260

Family Counseling
(213) 482-9400

Adult Services

Adult Clinic M-F 8am-7:30pm
(213) 481-1347

Domestic Violence Program
(213) 481-1792

Adult Services & Programs
(213) 481-1347

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Our History

This institution began with a simple belief that the life-restoring and life-enhancing benefits of individual and family counseling should be available to all who need this help. 


Amanecer History


Founded in 1975 as Community Counseling Services at United University Church at USC, the agency was originally supported solely by charitable contributions, church donations, United Way and limited client fees. In 1979 the agency received its first County contract to open Puerto Esperanza, the first bi-lingual, bi-culturally staff crisis residential house in Los Angeles. In 1981 Compass House, a second crisis house, was opened.

In 1984, the agency was awarded its first psychiatric outpatient contract with the County Department of Mental Health, to serve Central American refugees in the Pico-Union District in Los Angeles. Named Amanecer, this clinic co-located with La Clinica Oscar Romero, a health clinic. In 1995, additional funding became available to serve not only the adult population, but also the children of the area in need of mental health services, and the agency moved to its current location on Wilshire Boulevard in Downtown Los Angeles.


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Growing, Changing, Serving

Today, Amanecer is a comprehensive mental-health facility providing outpatient services to adults and children, with a continuing commitment to the minority population of Los Angeles. Our client base has changed and grown in complexity through the years. We have adapted to meet these challenges by focusing on eliminating barriers to care for our clients. We have increased their access to services by providing outreach and treatment to families in their homes, schools, welfare offices and other community settings. Amanecer’s programs have expanded to address the increased need for specialized behavioral health services, which are provided by a professional staff that is 70% bilingual/bicultural Spanish-speaking.


From executive leadership and therapists, to case managers and administrative support, our staff is committed to honoring the trust clients place in Amanecer by upholding our values of Community Service, Integrity, Respect, Quality and Dignity.


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