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- Friendship Centers
The Friendship Center Program is one of MHA's oldest and most successful programs. The Friendship Centers were opened in 1970, in recognition of the need for socialization activities for adults with mental illness. Friendship Centers provide safe, fun places for people with mental illness to go to enjoy socializing, and participating in games, art & crafts, cooking, meals, outings, and more. There are nine Friendship Center meetings per week at five sites in the county. A calendar of activities and outings is produced monthly and new participants are always welcome!
- CHRIS Program
The Community Housing Rehabilitation Independent Skills (CHRIS) Program is dedicated to helping clients improve activities of daily living (cooking, cleaning, hygiene, safety). Licensed occupational therapists and occupational therapy interns assess clients' abilities and then provide training and specific interventions, supports and physical adaptations to enable adults with mental illness to participate in community activities at the highest level of independence possible. MHA's staff of OTs have helped clients learn to take buses independently, maintain their homes, and live successfully in the community.
- Community Friends
The Community Friend Program is a peer mentoring program, designed to support individuals in the community who have mental illness. The program is designed to foster one to one social relationships and activities. Community Friends offer friendship to persons who, due to isolation and loneliness, may be lacking such support and camaraderie. Individuals apply to either become a community friend or request a community friend. The purpose of the program is to alleviate isolation and to provide adults with mental illness an opportunity to learn about, use and share community resources in the most ordinary way possibleŚwith friends.
Support and Advocacy for Young Adults in Transition (SAYAT) helps 18-23 year olds develop the skills and goals necessary to transition successfully to self-sufficiency. SAYAT clients may or may not have a mental illness diagnosis. Clients are eligible if they are homeless, disabled, and will accept the support of the SAYAT case manager. SAYAT case managers work with clients on skills such as finding housing, returning to school, obtaining vocational training, and finding a job.