PSYCHOSOCIAL & PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION - PEER SUPPORT SERVICES
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AMI, Inc. of Washington County provides an array of recovery oriented services to adults with mental illness or co-occurring disorders. Our services are based on each individual's strengths and their desire to achieve personal goals. we accomplish our mission by inspiring hope, encouraging self-advocacy and assisting in the development of natural supports within each person's community.
BENEFITS OF SERVICES
AMI Inc.'s services benefit the community as well as the individual served. The cost to taxpayers for community support services for people recovering from mental illness is far lass than the cost of institutionalization or frequesnt hospitalizations for treatment of symptoms.
Individuals who use community support services such as AMI, Inc. lead more fulfilling lives, have reduced symptoms related to their mental illness, have enlarged social networks and enhanced quality of life.
Quite often, individuals receiving appropriate services feel less alienated and in turn make valuable contributions to their own communities.
Since AMI, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, persons receiving service in any of our programs are not charged for service.
The following organizations meet these financial obligations for AMI:
Admissions, the provisions of services and referrals shall be made without regard to race, color, religous creed, disability, ancestry, national origin, age, sexual orientation, limited English proficiency or gender.
All services shall be made accessible to eligible persons with disabilities through the most practical and economically feasible methods available.
A WORD ON MENTAL ILLNESS
Many people believe that mental illness is the result of personal failure, lack of will power or moral weakness. However, this is not true. Mental illness is caused by genetic biochemical disorders and/or stresses which result in mental, psychological and emotional problems.
Because of this misunderstanding, reinforced by media over the years, people with mental illness have been stigmatized by all sectors of society. Most people who suffer from mental illness are passive victims with limited control over their lives.
Mental illness is not as rare as commonly believed. In fact, one in five people have suffered from a mental illness at some point in their lives. Currently, nearly 13% of all Americans suffer from a mental disorder.
However, during the last 20 years great strides in medical research, both biochemical and psychological, have been changing the lives of people suffering from mental illness. With proper treatment and support, many are now able to lead more productive lives. The tragedy is that a majority of Americans are not aware that people with mental illness can be significantly helped.