| ABOUT US . . .
AMI, Inc. of Washington County is a
non-profit agency that provides psychosocial and psychiatric rehabilitation to
adults recovering from mental illness and co-occurring disorders..
SPECIAL . . .
Volunteers have been critical to the success of
AMI, Inc. Local groups generously provide holiday gifts, refreshments and
special treats for AMI, Inc. consumers. Individuals share special skills,
provide entertainment, teach crafts, assist staff with scheduled activities
and serve as board members.
AMI, Inc. always welcomes volunteers who want
to share their skills, talents and time. If you are interested, please
contact the agency at either location.
If you have a family member or friend who could
benefit from the service AMI, Inc. provides, please contact
Admissions, the provisions of services
and referrals shall be made without regard to race, color, religious creed,
disability, ancestry, national origin, age or sex. Program services shall be
made accessible to eligible persons with disabilities through the most
practical and economically feasible methods available.
THE HISTORY OF AMI, INC. OF
Late in 1969, the local Mental Health
Association organized a social group for people who were returning to the
community from the state hospitals. The group grew from an original five
members who met on Friday evenings, to the present program, which averages
120 active members in Washington and Greene Counties. In 1973, the
Washington-Greene MH/MR Program recognized the need and effectiveness of
AMI’s. services and agreed to fund the program on a fee-for-service
basis. In 1976, AMI incorporated as AMI, Inc. of Washington-Greene
Counties and continued to grow in membership and activities. AMI, Inc.
moved to larger quarters in late 1984 in anticipation of beginning a new
program for the young, non-institutionalized adults with severe and
persistent mental illness. The original overall goal of the AMI, Inc.
program was to be a bridge for the persons discharged from the state
hospitals to full independent living in the community. As the program has
developed, diversity in the membership has become apparent. In the past
several years, a new group of potential members has emerged as a result of
mental health services in the community and the shortening or absence of
state hospital treatment for people with chronic mental illness. These
younger consumers present a new set of challenges to the mental health
In response to those challenges, AMI began to
make changes within its program as follows; In 1989 AMI offered more
structured activities with included scheduled group times and calendar
planning with an emphasis on hygiene and grooming. In 1994, AMI began
speaking with consumers about the community support system and offering
additional groups such as, basic math, reading, writing, exercise, coping
skills, quarterly assessment and satisfaction surveys. Then in 1999 a
transformation in the Mental Health services began to happen with the
introduction of Psychiatric rehabilitation and a move from a medical model
of treatment to a person center, individualized, Recovery oriented model.
AMI began to prepare for a psychiatric rehabilitation program. In March 2002
Psych Rehab was implemented and Staff began to receive the training required
to become certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners. In October
2005, AMI received its first license from the Department of Public Welfare
and the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse services to provide
“Psych Rehab” services.