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Local Branch

Who We Are

Vision Statement To provide leadership in “recovery based” mental health and concurrent disorder services through a high quality system that is easily accessible to all citizens in the Counties of S. D. G. & Prescott-Russell.

Our Mission Statement C.M.H.A. is committed to working in a partnership with individuals, families and community resources to enhance the development and continued support of mental health for all citizens.

Goals of our Branch

  1. To promote mental health and improve positive attitudes towards mental illness.
  2. To advocate with and on behalf of individuals living with a serious mental illness or a concurrent disorder and their families.
  3. To ensure that clients have streamlined access to a comprehensive continuum of services.
  4. To help people be successful and satisfied in the environment of their choice.
  5. To provide services in both official languages.

Principals that govern what we do:

  1. Through advocacy, research, education and direct service delivery we strive to facilitate a coordinated, compassionate and client-centered mental health service system.
  2. Working in partnerships with individuals, their families and other care providers, CMHA strives to empower people to achieve emotional and mental well being.

Branch Value Statements

We value social justice. We believe that social justice includes a commitment to a basic sense of fairness, a respect for differences among people, and that every human being deserves an equal opportunity in life.

We value individual and collective responsibility. We believe that both individuals and society as a whole share in the tasks of informing the public, eliminating causes of mental illness, and caring for those individuals who need or want care.

We value access to appropriate and adequate resources/supports. We believe that people require friendships and other natural supports. When formal supports are needed people should be able to choose the least intrusive option from a comprehensive range of appropriate mental health programs and services, without undue delay, and as close to their home community as possible.

We value self-determination. We respect differences among people and the right of every individual and community to make choices and decisions based on unique individual beliefs and community norms. Basic to this right of self-determination is the need of people to be involved in decisions which affect their lives.

We value community integration. Community integration of all people is an essential prerequisite to the development of healthy communities. We are committed to removing the barriers that prevent people, especially those with mental disorders, from fully participating in the life of the community.

We value integrity. We believe that our day-to-day work must be true to our shared values and beliefs, and dedicated to promoting public trust and a sense of confidence within the organization.

We value partnership. Partnership is dependent upon shared values and the cooperative efforts of all those working towards a responsive and accessible mental health system. One important partnership includes consumer/survivors, families, service providers and the community. We are committed to sharing, and view participation and partnership as essential to realizing our goals and objectives.

We value excellence. We are committed to developing and maintaining the highest possible standards of management and operation to ensure that programs and services meet the needs and expectations of the community.

We value accountability. We are guided by our shared mission, values, goals and objectives. As a publicly funded charitable organization we are committed to using our funds as efficiently and effectively as possible, and to being open to the highest standards of public scrutiny.

We value creativity. As an organization we must encourage innovative ideas and new ways of doing things that are responsive to changing attitudes and needs in the community as well as to ongoing organizational changes.