Our founders not only believed—they knew—that people with developmental disabilities shouldn’t be isolated and hidden in large, state-run hospitals. Starting in the 1960s, MHA’s groundbreaking efforts to transition people away from institutional living to a life in our community became a model for the deinstitutionalization movement. Today, our creative thinking continues to drive compassionate care and innovative approaches to serving those challenged by mental health, developmental disabilities, substance use, homelessness, acquired brain injury and more.
Working from strength-based models, MHA partners with those we serve to help them lead meaningful and productive lives. For many, MHA is their family—the rock and glue in their life.
In our group homes, health, safety and emotional wellness are woven into the daily cycles of life. In the community, each participant is supported to lead the life they choose. Some have jobs or volunteer. Others engage in day programs, their church or recreation. Some go to school. Hobbies are plentiful and supported. We have a day program called The Resource Center that helps members overcome barriers through natural, sustainable community supports and life-stage appropriate accommodations in relevant parts of their lives. By designing services and interventions individually, we seek to honor pre-injury lifestyle, culture, family and environment.
MHA’s approach has always emphasized what people want, what they can do and how they feel. It’s their life—we’re just helping them live it well.