MHA provides Community Based Flexible Support to individuals living with severe and persistent mental illness.  Funding for these services is primarily through the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health.

Self-sufficient . . .

Our program is designed to promote self-sufficiency by providing the support necessary to learn skills, develop strategies, and build competencies that all adults need in order to live independently.

An action plan is developed for and with each client that addresses individual goals, values, and aspirations, and provides a roadmap for making those goals come true.

 

Resilient . . .

We teach the behaviors, thoughts and actions that are necessary to cope with adversity and deal with the difficulties that serious mental illness brings.

MHA conducts a comprehensive skill assessment for each client at the time of enrollment.  The Individual Action Plan that follows reflects the client’s individualized path toward recovery.  Staff work with clients on the skills that will bring about increased independence, and provide support when the path is difficult or the way is uncertain.

 

Individual . . .

 Cookie cutters are for cookies.  Our program address the needs of each individual, with an understanding that needs change over the course of time.

Our clients may live in group settings or independent housing, depending upon their individual needs, preferences, and current recovery based skills.  Settings are clinically appropriate for each individual, and employ the least intrusive interventions.  Support changes in type and intensity over time, in tune with the needs of each client’s recovery.

 

Supportive . . .

Sometimes the right support at the right moment can mean all the difference.  Our program provides the support you need, when you need it most.

Each client is assigned a primary advocate who coordinates services, assists with skills development, and provides empathetic support.  Staff are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Support is provided around interpersonal relationships, employment, medication, money management, and the challenges of everyday living.

 

Empowered . . .

 Learn decision making skills, practice opportunities for making decisions, and take charge of your own recovery.

Our staff includes Advocates assigned to each client, as well as a Licensed Nurse, Employment Specialists, Representative Payee/Benefits Specialists, Peer specialists, and Clinical Consultants.  The work of all staff is firmly rooted in the community, where they strive to engage clients in natural housing, employment, spiritual, recreation, and social opportunities.  The goal for each client is to create his/her own support network, from which all individuals derive hope, strength, and empowerment.

 

Recovery . . .

Mental Illness can be stubbornly persistent, but not as persistent as we are in supporting your long-term recovery.

MHA has been a proud member of the Greater Lowell community for more than sixty years.  Over those decades, we’ve built a reputation for high quality service as well as numerous affiliations and collaborations with community agencies, which assist us in supporting our client’s recovery over the long-term.  We’re here when you need us.