About Us
 

 

Mission Statement

To improve mental wellness and eliminate stigma in our community through education, advocacy, and by improving access to integrated behavioral health services.


Vision Statement

Every person has access to quality, integrated behavioral health care and knows “It’s Okay to Get Help!’; Every child is assessed for behavioral health problems and receives preventive treatment; Every doctor understands the connection between mind and body and uses this understanding to improve treatment outcomes, and; every policymaker knows that spending on behavioral health services improves overall community health.

 

What we do

The Mental Health Association of Palm Beach Count works to improve mental wellness and eliminate stigma in our community through education, advocacy, and outreach.  We believe in early identification and treatment for people with signs of behavioral health concerns. Our ‘Mental Health GPS’ program is Guiding People to Services using screening, navigation, care coordination, and a new Helpline (561-801-HELP).  Our Be Merge Initiative is working to integrate behavioral healthcare into primary care settings. Youth and adult support centers offer peer mentoring and recovery support groups.  Recovery is possible when people are connected to the right services and supports in the community.

 

We also offer workshops on a wide variety of topics.  Our programs include:

  • Listen to Children, a school-based mentoring program since 1982 serving children in Kindergarten through 8th grade each year with trained volunteers in over 35 schools;
  • MPower for teens, a psychology club and community action program since 2009 in high school serving teens each year 
  • Be Merge Program, a primary and behavioral healthcare integration initiative that is providing resources and technical assistance to doctors, nurses, to recognize behavioral health problems in the primary care and hospital settings;
  • Peer Place, a support center and peer mentoring program, which helps people with serious mental illness;
  • Care Coordination services help children and their families access the care they need.
  • Our “It’s Okay to Get Help!” Campaign fights the stigma of mental illness through education and outreach. Our Mental Health Learning and Resource Center serves the entire community by providing resources and education to raise awareness and effect change.

The MHA serves the entire population of Palm Beach County. All donated dollars remain in Palm Beach County. 

 

MHA Public Policy, Advocacy, and Education

The Mental Health Association works with community partners to advocate for solutions that will improve the lives of people living with mental illness. MHA works with public policy leaders, service providers, researchers, advocates, consumers, and educators to providing the latest news and information about mental health and wellness. Among the priorities of the Mental Health Association are:

  • Increasing understanding about mental health issues among all residents of the county to reduce the stigma of mental illness.
  • Countywide mental health system capacity-building that will lead to more coordinated care delivery systems among all providers of mental health services, including independent practitioners, primary care and mental health clinics, hospitals, food and shelter providers, prisons and jails, employers, and educators.
  • Partnership program development. MHA works with a variety of community partners to implement targeted strategies to address critical community mental health needs.
  • Increasing assistance and support to special populations such as caregivers, veterans and their families, older adults, children and families, populations who are reentering society, specific ethnic/racial groups, and many more.
  • Including mental health issues in the Health Care Reform and other policy discussions.
  • Improving mental health wellness support and information and referral resources for all in the community.
     

 

Contact Information

Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County, Inc.

909 Fern Street 

West Palm Beach, FL 33401

561-832-3755

 

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