Mental Health Assoc of Greater Lowell Inc.

aka Community and Family Counselling Services   |   Lowell, MA   |  www.mhalowell.org
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Mission

The Mental Health Association of Greater Lowell's (MHA) mission has remained constant over the years: the promotion of mental health, the prevention of mental illness, and the improved care and treatment of the mentally ill and developmentally disabled. This mission is accomplished through a wide range of activities including outpatient mental health and substance abuse counseling in our mental health clinic and Lowell Public Schools, residential supports for adults, education, advocacy, and information and referral.

Ruling year info

1955

Principal Officer

Mr. Daniel Nakamoto

Main address

99 Church Street

Lowell, MA 01852 USA

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EIN

04-2180222

NTEE code info

Residential, Custodial Care (Group Home) (P70)

Mental Health Association, Multipurpose (F80)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

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Community & Family Counseling Services

Community & Family Counseling Services provides a range of counseling and consultation services. We provide evidence based treatment interventions to children, adolescents and adults from the Greater Lowell area. Sessions can be held in the clinic but we also do some home based sessions and school sessions. Specific services include:Individual, Family and Couples CounselingGroup CounselingSchool Based CounselingEmployee Assistance Program Medication ServicesConsultation and EvaluationOur clinic has an interdisciplinary team consisting of psychiatrists, nurse prescribers, clinical social workers and mental health counselors. We provide treatment for a range of mental health issues including:Mood Disorders including Depression and Bipolar DisorderAnxiety, Panic Disorders and OCDPTSD and other Trauma related issuesSubstance AbuseFamily issues including DivorceConduct disorders or School related issues in childrenADHD in children and adultsGrief and Loss

Population(s) Served

Our Community Based Flexible Support (CBFS) services program serves adult clients with mental illness in both group settings and independent housing and works with them in the areas of employment, recreation and social opportunities and the development of their own support network. CBFS embraces the principles of recovery and empowerment. As appropriate, staff teach decision-making skills and structure practice opportunities. CBFS clients make decisions that involve varying levels of risk, as do all adults. CBFS services are individualized to the needs of each particular client and will change in type and intensity over time. CBFS clients are provided empathetic support, skill building, resource acquisition and services personalized to enhance their autonomy. Settings will be clinically appropriate and employ the least intrusive interventions.

Population(s) Served

MHA provides residential services to 43 people with Developmental Disabilities. All people served are referred by the Department of Developmental Services. The service includes 24 hour supports and Individual Home Supports. This service includes ensuring their homes are safe and all medical/psychiatric needs are being met as well as being in compliance with DDS and DPH regulations. The goal of the DD Residential program is to enhance the lives of individuals with Developmental Disabilities and assist each with living as independently as possible in the community at large, utilizing natural supports (families & friends) and supports of the agency.

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MHA provides supportive services for adults and children with mental health problems, including serious mental illness, and adults with developmental disabilities. The impact of our services is experienced every day by our clients who are supported in their own homes or in supported housing by a member of our staff. That support may come in many forms, and may vary in intensity and frequency, always in accordance with the needs of the individual. Whatever the circumstance, the impact of our work is improved capabilities, supported recovery, and ultimately improved life quality for our clients. Our goal for the next three to five years is to expand our services to more individuals, including individuals from the large local Cambodian population and to individuals with acquired brain injury.

We are currently in the process of purchasing property for the development of a home for individuals with acquired brain injury, in anticipation of a contract with the Department of Developmental Disabilities for these services. We are also planning to apply to become an Adult Foster Care provider so that we may offer these critical services to the greater Lowell community, and most particularly to the Cambodian population.

MHA has a demonstrated expertise in supporting disabled adults in the community. Our current expansion plans will build off that expertise to offer new services that will also be fundamentally supporting disabled adults who wish to live in our community. We believe that this is a natural fit for MHA in terms of our staff and their expertise. As an agency that has been serving the greater Lowell area for more than 50 years, we also believe that we will effectively work with our partners in the community, such as the Lowell Community Health Center and the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association.

Our recent progress gives us much hope as we begin these new endeavors. During the course of the last year, MHA has purchased and renovated a home for 6 individuals with serious mental illness. We have improved our clinic operations and expanded the reach of these services. We are well underway towards the implementation of an electronic health record, which entails changes and improvements in both our clinical and billing practice. Each of these projects has exposed us to the potential risks and rewards of expansion, and left us poised to move forward with clarity toward these next objectives. As with any new initiative, there are risks in both doing nothing as well as in moving forward. MHA chooses to embrace the risks in an effort to continually improve our service to the greater Lowell community.

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Mental Health Assoc of Greater Lowell Inc.

Board of directors
as of 03/09/2016
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Board chair

Mr. Michael King

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Term: 2014 - 2015

Christine Jablonski

Lawrence General Hospital

Patrick Connerty

Enterprise Bank

Michael King

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Julia Mirras

Middlesex Community College

Jonathan Miller

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John Flint

Transgas, Inc.

Brendan Russell

Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Elizabeth Strauss

Fidelity Investment

Claire Wilson

Retired