Mental Health Services
The Mental Health Division provides Community Based Flexible Supports (CBFS) services for adults and Caring Together services for youth. MHA operates eight CBFS residences and two Caring Together residences in the Greater Springfield area. Our mental health residential continuum includes specialty programs which address the co-existent diagnoses of mental illness, trauma and substance abuse, as well as the special needs of late teens and young adults. Additionally we offer a team of outreach workers who provide variable levels of support to people living independently or with their families. MHA takes extreme pride in partnering with the Department of Mental Health (DMH), The Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Center for Human Development (CHD), participants and their families to promote and facilitate recovery. Our programs are strengths-based and individualized and reflect collaboration with participants, families and clinicians.
All of MHA’s residential programs have been licensed by DMH and/or the Department of Early Education and Care. MHA has a long history of providing attractive and well maintained houses staffed with trained and committed residential workers. Our programs provide individuals the safety, consistency, and rehabilitative assistance that enables them to build the confidence and skills required to move toward increased independence. Residential staff and participants collaboratively work toward individualized goals specified in an Individualized Action Plan (IAP). Typical focus areas include strengthening health and wellness, managing interfering symptoms, money management, interpersonal skills and community integration.
Supported Housing/Outreach Services
This is a community outreach model for individuals who live independently, with friends, or with their families. Participants who receive outreach services may have the skills necessary to live in independent settings, but still benefit from a level of supportive contact, practical assistance, and treatment to maintain independence, continue their recovery process and further improve their quality of life. Like residential participants, all outreach participants have a collaboratively developed IAP that focuses on the goals and objectives most pertinent to continued independence, community integration, wellness and growth. Outreach workers meet with their participants during day, evening and weekend hours. An after-hours response team is also available to individuals who receive outreach services.
Caring Together Services
MHA provides residential services to youth up to 22 years of age who are unable to live with their families and present with mental health and life skills challenges. MHA recognizes the critical importance of providing these youth with the caring and consistent support, guidance, and life skills training they need to transition to successful adulthood. With funding from DMH and DCF these residences are essential transitional programs that specialize in the strengthening of mental and physical health, teaching skills necessary for independent living, and developing each person’s educational and/or vocational direction. MHA also supports youth through outreach services after age 22 as needed.