A community needs assessment identified three general areas to work on. These are:
1) Access to full array of services so that those who need mental health services can get them.
2) More diversified housing services that better guarantees rehabilitation and prevention of relapse. A safe, stable, therapeutic environment with needed support services reduces the inpatient revolving door cycle that increases costs.
3) Better transportation for individuals who have difficulty finding transportation and/or do not have the financial means to get to and from their counseling, medication, and health appointments and as a result do not go. Attending appointments is essential for successful treatment.
The above targeted areas come with a price tag. Our goal is to establish a $500,000 endowment fund that awards grants to local non-profit mental health providers who meet the identified priorities.