Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS) is dedicated to helping adults with mental health issues gain greater control over their lives and become more actively involved in their recovery process. Using the principles of person-centered planning, staff will help you identify supports to assist you on your road to recovery. These supports may include case management, therapy, medication management, support groups, Peer Support Services, day program, clubhouse and vocational assistance, housing assistance as well as life skills training. Since services are person-centered, you will be an active participant in making decisions about your care.
SAMSHA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, has identified 10 key guiding principles of recovery and it is the mission of AMHS to incorporate these guiding principles of recovery into all service provided at AMHS.
These principles are:
Hope: Hope is the catalyst of the recovery process. The belief that recovery is possible is the essential motivation for the services AMHS provides and our vision is that people can and do overcome the internal and external challenges that confront them.
Self determination: Person-centered planning is one of the key aspects AMHS utilizes in helping individuals exercise choice over the services and supports that assist their recovery and increase their resilience.
Responsibility: Individuals are encouraged to take personal responsibility for their own journeys of recovery, and their strengths and resources are a foundation AMHS helps support through providing opportunities and resources.
Respect: Taking steps toward recovery requires great courage; AMHS believes that societal acceptance and appreciation for those affected by mental health and substance abuse issues is crucial to recovery.
Support: Peers, professionals and allies provide a range of resources to assist people in the process of recovery. Mutual support and mutual aid groups, including the sharing of experiential knowledge and skills, are invaluable in recovery. Peer support services provide important resources to assist those in recovery.
Resilience: Recovery is often non-linear, characterized by continual growth and improved functioning that may involve unanticipated changes and challenges. Setbacks are a natural, but not inevitable, part of the recovery process; AMHS believes it is essential to foster resilience through creating a supportive environment.
Holistic: AMHS embraces the belief that recovery is holistic, and that it encompasses an individual's whole life, including mind, body, spirit, and community.
Relationships: Family members, peers, providers, spiritual groups and other allies are vital supports who offer hope and encouragement, as well as strategies and resources for recovery.
Diversity: Cultural background including values, traditions and beliefs are integral in determining a person's unique journey. AMHS strives to provide services that are culturally attuned, sensitive, and competent.
Trauma- Informed Care: Trauma experiences such as domestic violence, disasters, and physical or sexual abuse are often associated with substance abuse and mental health issues. AMHS provides trauma- informed care through continuing education and information, and fosters physical and emotional safety in the course of treatment, valuing trust, empowerment, and collaboration.