| OUR MISSION
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The mission of AMI, Inc. is to assist adults with mental illness who live in
Washington County to develop the skills and supports they need to be
successful and satisfied in the places they choose to live, learn, work and
Inc. is one of several organizations in Washington and Greene Counties that
provide services for people recovering from mental illness and is the only
licensed, site-based Psychiatric Rehabilitation in the County.
Since AMI, Inc. is a non-profit organization, consumers are not charged for
the services they receive. However, the agency must pay for necessities such
as rent, furnishings for the two sites, supplies, staff salaries and
benefits. The following funding organizations meet these financial
Washington County MH/MR Program
addition, AMI, Inc. receives monetary and volunteer support from
individuals and local churches and clubs.
A WORD ON MENTAL
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
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.