Imagination Workshop is a nonprofit, theatre arts organization dedicated to fostering relationships between professional artists and "at-risk" students, psychiatric patients, and homeless individuals.
Imagination Workshop makes the arts safe and effective for all students and patients. In the guise of characters, even the most frightened and regressed people can reveal thoughts, desires, and needs that they cannot express as themselves. As the participants work together, they learn self-discipline, cooperation, and social skills, thus finding artistic passageways out of their isolation.
Imagination Workshop provides workshops at locations such as the Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA; Olympic High School, Santa Monica; and The Accelerated School, South Central Los Angeles.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) was created to help improve the lives of people with or at risk for mental or substance abuse disorders. SAMHSA's vision is a life in the community for everyone. SAMHSA's mission is to build resilience and facilitate recovery for people with or at risk for substance abuse or mental illness. In collaboration with state, national, and local community-based and faith-based organizations, and public and private sector professionals, SAMHSA is working to ensure that people with or at risk for a mental or addictive disorder have the opportunity for a fulfilling life that includes a job, a home, and meaningful relationships with family and friends.