Through professional, peer and other support services, people with mental illness are integrated into the community in meaningful ways. Advocacy and intervention in the realms of housing, employment and overall wellness combine to ensure the best outcomes for those in the program.
The Compassionate Ear Warmline is a peer-operated listening service for persons in need of support. The Warmline offers non-crisis supportive listening, coping strategies, information, and a reprieve from loneliness or isolation. This program also provides human service training and esteem-building employment opportunities for persons with mental illness; trained Warmline operators are staff with lived experience who work from their homes and use their knowledge to provide help without having to deal with transportation or other issues involved with getting to a worksite. The line does not handle crisis or suicide calls but has the training and capacity to transfer those calls appropriately.
For more information about the Compassionate Ear Warmline, contact Valerie McNamara at firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-281-2221 (ext. 128)
As the number of people in the public system with unmet mental health needs increases, WASAs provide mental health peer support services at agencies outside of the traditional mental health service arena. WASAs help and encourage others in recovery from mental illness, connecting them to valuable community resources and providing tools and wisdom for lasting recovery. The WASA program provides persons with mental illness an opportunity for paid employment where they, in turn, assist individuals accessing community resources, educating clients and/or staff, and relieving overburdened professionals by providing services that are not restricted by funding streams.
For more information about WASA or to join the program, contact April Jackson at email@example.com or 913-281-2221 (ext. 130)
Advocacy is the representation of the needs and interests of people with mental illnesses in order to obtain services, assure fair and reasonable accommodations for special needs, and promote opportunities for maximum independence in the community. Advocacy may include interpretation of client needs to providers, consultation and technical assistance in reducing and eliminating barriers, and assertive efforts to assure adaptations and accommodations.
MHAH assists persons with mental illness in obtaining/maintaining mental health or social service treatment and benefits and accessing resources necessary to maintain quality of life (i.e. adequate housing, food, or employment) through legislative, systemic, and individual case advocacy.
Past efforts have included:
For more information regarding our Advocacy Services, contact Sue Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-281-2221 (ext. 122).