We offer a wide range of programs and services to meet the needs of those affected by our cause.
We help them and their families by providing programs, information and resources to assist in their journey. We also help by raising awareness through public outreach and media.
Outreach is a uniquely designed program that brings a sense of “hope” to you in the privacy of your own home. Together we can map out your life goals and identify barriers to recovery. Outreach provides linkages and connections to many services in the Essex County region.
Dealing with the pressures of life can be difficult for anyone and even more so for those with a mental illness. Our Care Coordinators provide support, education, advocacy, and information to assist people to better manage their lives independently within their communities. Through use of the person-centered approach, Care Coordinators assist individuals in creating plans that move them closer to recovery and enable them to care for themselves and other’s in their lives. Care Coordinators visit people in their own homes.
MHA Community centers are located in both Ticonderoga and Westport. Here people can establish friendships and receive support and advocacy. The core of the program’s classes geared to help adults with a psychiatric diagnosis move toward recovery and return to the community. Classes involve areas such as recovery, budgeting, horticulture, art, nature and many more. Other supports at the Community Centers include: access to community resources, trips to special events and locations, access to the internet, peer support, etc.
Self Help is a strength based self-management program that facilitates recovery through acceptance, self- advocacy, and self determination. Self– Help offers such programs as Wellness Recovery Action Planning( WRAP), anger management, and self-esteem building, among others, all with a focus on peers supporting each other.
In the pursuit of recovery, academic growth can serve to increase opportunities for individuals to join the workforce or to finish educational endeavors interrupted. This program offers opportunities to reduce barriers for people who want to actively pursue a GED, a college degree, or other learning. Minor fees and expenses may be reimbursed subject to the availability of funds.
Adequate and affordable housing is essential to independence. The Supported Housing program helps eligible people to locate and secure housing rentals in their own communities. Stipend assistance with the cost of housing may be
available to those who qualify. Supported Housing is not available to those purchasing their own home.
Employment is an important aspect of recovery. Our program, Adirondack Employment Opportunities (AEO) assists interested individuals in finding, getting, and keeping a job. Staff works with individuals to assure success in each step of the employment process. AEO works closely with VESID services and is an Employment Network in the Ticket to Work program serving people receiving SSI or SSDI.
The Mental Health Association’s Crisis Alternative Program started in 1998 and provides phone support through our 24/7 HOPELINE, face to face visits in the community, and a “Respite” experience for those who need a short stay outside their home for emotional support. Services are available free of charge by calling 1-800-440-8074. Our peer staff are trained to listen and provide resources in the community.