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Mental Health Association In Tulsa Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Counseling, Human Services, Mental Health, Mental Health Associations

Mission: Mental health association oklahoma is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental disorders and achieving victory over mental illness through advocacy, education, research, service and housing. Our vision is a just, humane and healthy society in which all people are accorded respect, dignity and the opportunity to achieve their full potential, free from stigma and prejudice. As such, we advocate for the rights of others, monitor legislation, distribute educational materials, provide training opportunities, make referrals for services, provide adults with mental illness opportunities for socialization, vocational and life skills training, assist in development of self-empowerment skills, develop improved access to and coordination among existing legal services for low income, disability-impacted individuals, leverage pro bono legal services or represent individuals with mental illness and other disabilities as they negotiate the legal system and provide a range of appropriat

Programs: Understanding and securing mental health services can be a very difficult process. Our recovery services programs work with individuals with high-level needs based on their mental illness and co-occurring disorders to identify needs and provide case management, peer socialization, and connection with appropriate services. Our programs employ peer-to-peer employees, who are uniquely qualified based on their own personal experience with mental illness to connect with and serve program participants. Peer employees work with participants through our drop-in-centers, peer outreach services, and creating connections programs to identify their specific needs and then walk side-by-side with the participant to secure services. Mental health association oklahoma owns and manages 23 affordable housing properties in 15 neighborhoods across the city of tulsa. On any given night our portfolio provides safe, decent and affordable housing to more than 1200 people. This includes providing housing for hundreds of formerly homeless individuals who have overcome poverty, mental illness, substance abuse and physical disabilities who have successfully reintegrated back into the community, once again living as productive and contributing citizens. Our approach to the development of affordable housing has created many job opportunities that have helped people learn new skills and re-enter the workforce while at the same time providing access to much needed services. The large scale impact of our debt-free housing development model provides access to housing for those impacted by mental illness and homelessness, prevents additional individuals and families from becoming homeless and preserves the affordable housing stock in the community, stabilizing neighborhoods in the process. The resulting reduction in chronic homelessness saves the taxpayers in oklahoma millions of dollars each year and improves the quality of life for everyone. Our outreach and prevention services collaborates with oklahoma youth to promote wellness, empower safety, and prevent suicide and other violent behavior. Programs include school- and community-based mental health information, education, screening and referral programs focused on reducing the impact of mental illness, addiction, suicide, violence and trauma on families and communities. Our programs give adolescents and their families a place to turn when dealing with violence toward self or others, eating disorders, depression, stress and family issues. Our teenscreen is a free and voluntary adolescent screening tool that assesses physical and emotional well-being. It is a proactive step designed to ensure our students safety and get them help when they need it. Our pro bono counseling program, sunbridge, assists oklahomans in need of counseling services, but may be uninsured, underinsured or unable to afford their insurance co-pay. Sunbridge provides screening and a limited number of counseling sessions at no charge to qualified low-income recipients. We assist people with mental health needs and transitional or adjustment difficulties, such as grief. It is not designed to serve people living with severe mental illness or in need of crisis intervention.

zarrow symposiumthe zarrow mental health symposium is an annual educational forum designed to provide state-of-the-art research and best practice information about current issues related to mental health. The forum addresses the critical issues of housing, recovery and community supports for people living with mental illness.

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Emily Industrious

Board Member

Rating: 5

Being a part of the Mental Health Association in Tulsa has been a blessing of unforeseen proportions. The City of Tulsa and the surrounding areas are so fortunate to have an organization such as the Association; full of caring, passionate, devoted, unyielding individuals. The staff’s passion for change is inspirational not only to the board members but to the community as a whole. Day in and day out, impressions and lives are changed by way of the Association. I would encourage anyone looking for a volunteer opportunity to make a beeline for the Association. There are multitudes of ways to devote your time and you’ll walk away with a heart more full.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Mental Health Association in Tulsa is an amazing organization! It begins with the staff who have a passion with helping those with a mental illness in Tulsa, and that same passion is found in all fo the volunteer leaders. They have a very innovative model for helping individuals which includes a housing program. This housing program is no easy feat, but they have managed to grow each year and continue to provide housing to those who were formerly homeless. There is also a youth outreach movement that works with area high schools to educate students on the effects of bullying. It is a wonderful organization that help so many in the Tulsa area. I can not say enough good things about the Mental Health Association in Tulsa!

Board Member

Rating: 5

What started as a simple community volunteer opportunity has turned into an 18-year blessing. Every experience I have had with the Mental Health Association in Tulsa has been a positive one and far exceeded any preconceived notions I had about being a volunteer, let alone a board member. I am so proud to have been associated with such an outstanding organization. Not only are they great stewards of every dime of funding they receive, they all truly love what they are doing and have such a passion for their mission. It is impossible to be involved and not be better off for it. I can’t think of a more deserving organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first experience with the MHAT was as an external auditor for many years. From this relationship I observed the passion and dedication MHAT's employees exhibited in serving their clients and thier mission. I audited many nonprofits in the area, many of which are truly wonderful organizations. However, MHAT stood out to me as and Organization I wanted to get more involved with. When I left the firm that performed the audit, I made the decision to volunteer with MHAT. I served on the Board for 6 years and continue to serve on the Finance Committee. The Association has grown by leaps and bounds over the past 10 years due to the passion exhibited by the Staff, volunteers (including Board Members) and donors. Their "housing first" model has made the most significant impact on me. They embraced the concept that you can't expect someone to sober up, clean up, get a job THEN provide them with housing. You're much more successful when you provide a person with safe, affordable housing and wrap them with the services they need (whether from MHAT or other local nonprofits).

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having the opportunity to work closely with MHAT, and being acquainted with a number of their staff, I am deeply impacted by the compassion, integrity, respect and honor offered to all people serving with them, and most importantly, being served by them. Also as one whose family has suffered the loss of a heart-and-mind-wounded Iraq war veteran, I know by experience the strengthening and healing I have received through the love, support, and embrace encircling me through many on staff at MHAT. This organization has most certainly changed the topography of Tulsa in terms of mental health education, of moving this city forward to better understand, embrace, care for, and respect those in our midst who courageously confront their mental health challenges daily, and in engaging community members to get involved through tangible action. They have pioneered in caring for, and elevating, the segment of our community who, years ago, otherwise would have received very little compassion or care. There is truly no other organization or staff I know of for whom I have greater respect and with whom I am more proud -- and humbled -- to be involved, than Mental Health Association in Tulsa.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have visited several of mhat buildings including Denver House, Altamonte, Walker and Yale Apartments. I met several former homeless who were residents. All were employed, seemed happy and were participating in the mhat culture. Money invested in public housing is better spent than unnecessary, emergency room vists, incarceration of the mentally ill and turning our backs on a potentially valuable segment of our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have served as a member of the Housing Committe for the Mental Health Associaiton of Tulsa ("MHAT")for approximately 6 years. A large portion of our homeless are also suffering from some form of mental illness. During this time MHAT has dramitically assisted this portion of our homeless population with obtaining stable and affordable housing, which in turn has allowed more effective treatment of their mental illlness. There have been many wonderful success stories. My business is developement & management in the "for profit" multi-family industry. I have been and remain active in our local, state and national apartment associations. The manner in which MHAT has improved and maintained the apartment properties it has acquired, has not only helped to meet its mission of providing affordable housing for the chronically homeless mentally ill, but has also helped to improve neighborhoods and increased property values. As a real estate professional, I am very proud of the job that MHAT has done in this regard. Greg Guerrero, ASC Development & Management Company.

Stephanie62

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so happy that The Mental Health Association Tulsa is being recognized for their accomplishment in our city. When I became interested in MHAT, one of the staff recommended that I take a tour with them. It was very beneficial for me to see with my own eyes what they can do for so many people in our own city who are in need of specialized care. They are bringing redemption to those who are viewed as the least of these in our society. I have only great praise and admiration for all of the staff, counselors, and volunteers here.

Donor

Rating: 5

Mental Health Association of Tulsa is an inspiring organization. I have met with staff and volunteers and have toured their housing facilities. I was very impressed with the enthusiasm, compassion and commitment of all involved. I participated in the September conference and it was wonderful. It left me filled with hope!

Gail12

Donor

Rating: 5

The Mental Health Association in Tulsa is one of the best non-profits in our city. I have been involved with almost every non-profit in the Tulsa area. They are one of the best stewards of my Family Foundations money. They have been the main driver of safe, decent and affordable housing in our city. In fact Tulsa was just name the second best city in housing of homeless. The organization is very well run and employs about 45% of it's staff that has a mental illness and some have been homeless. It is an honor to support this fine organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The fact that the national conference on Mental Heath was held in Tulsa rather than Washington DC this most recent year is a recognition on what informational work is being done by this organization. Their leadership, approach and overall impact is amazing.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with MHA Tulsa for the past 8 years and I am amazed at the impact they have on those dealing with Mental Illness in the Tulsa community. Their housing initiatives for the homeless, those dealing with Mental Illness and others in the Tulsa area is a top model for the entire country and is often talked about in many other venues. I have always found the staff and leadership at MHA Tulsa to be cooperative, professional and always ready to talk about partnerships that will benefit Tulsa and the populations they serve. A truly exceptional non-profit!

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a beneficiary of the Mental Health Association in Tulsa in many ways. I have been housed and counselled and employed by the agency. Our relationship goes back 18 years. I have never encountered an environment that is so eager to help and at the same time so respectful of individual boundaries. The agency has housed me when I was homeless and respected me when I needed respect. The agency is constantly growing and improving, never becoming complacent.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked for many non-profit organizations, and MHAT is by far the best. I also worked as a public school teacher for 12 years. Working at MHAT has been the best work experience in my life. As a former drug abuser and mentally disturbed person, they let me use my life experience to help others and, I have not only grown as a result of working here but have also been given an opportunity to use the gifts I have developed as a result of my teaching experience. I am truly grateful for the chance to start over in a worthwhile profession that helps people, and I am not the only person who has been given this chance. Many who have a history of mental illness/substance abuse have been given employment which has literally saved their lives.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Tulsa Mental Health Association reaches approximately 650 individuals and families affected my mental illness by providing housing, six-support and peer-support groups, adolescent programs, and education to the community about mental illness. In addition to providing these life changing programs, the staff of the mental health work tirelessly to not only offer programs, but more importantly, offer compassion and dignity to those who are affected by this illness. Thank You for your Consideration. Isaac Rocha; Board of Directors, The Bama Companies, Inc.

Judy51

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Mental Health Association in Tulsa is a nationally recognized, award winning organization making huge strides in providing over 650 units of safe, affordable, and decent housing for people living with mental illness with the goal of ending chronic homelessness in Tulsa. Last month the Association hosted the 2012 National Zarrow Mental Health Symposium and Mental Health America Annual Conference attracting speakers from 20 states and attendees from 35 states and 3 countries. The subject was "from housing to recovery". Executive Director, Michael Brose, his staff, board members and volunteers are unparalleled. As a volunteer for over 18 years, I've witnessed tremendous growth in housing, wrap around services, education, public policy, advocacy, outreach and employment assistance to name a few. The Mental Health Association is changing people's lives, including mine. I find it a privileged to be given the opportunity to work with such talented, dedicated people who are making a difference in this world.

Grant L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am impressed every time I see the facilities this organization along with Building Tulsa Building Lives is able to provide the community. The goal is to end chronic homelessness in Tulsa and I think with the passions shown thus far it will be accomplished very soon.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Mental Health Association in Tulsa is a national leader when it comes to the development and operation of Permanent Supportive Housing. Their no-debt model of development allows tenants to live in housing units that are high-quality AND affordable. MHATulsa is a community leader, working collaboratively to improve the lives of people with mental illness in Tulsa and in Oklahoma. Excellent organization!!

Terrie S

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Not enough can be said about the warm, genuine, and hard-working nature of this non-profit, including its staff and volunteers. I joined the Mental Health Association in Tulsa as a volunteer board intern and was immediately impressed by the spirit of its people. From its goodhearted and down-to-earth Executive Director, Mike Brose, to the selfless staff that is its backbone, everyone goes above and beyond what is necessary to serve the Tulsa community. I am proud to be part of an organization that has made a significant contribution to ending homelessness in our city. In assisting the mentally ill, the Mental Health Association in Tulsa has provided not only the basic necessities of everyday life such as housing and support, but a sense of dignity and worth which is invaluable. They have become a family to me and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with this non-profit!