Ellen Copeland, consultant
McCorkle, Evaluation Director
How Do We Promote The 'Action' in Community Action Grant?
health consumers learned of the availability of federal funds that could
be used to develop consensus within their local
community for a recovery based participant-operated program, it was Inter-Community
Mental Health Group's (ICMHG) reputation as
a leader in mental health services that brought them to approach ICMHG
to collaborate in the application, consensus building process and the
development of this new program, "helping us help ourselves".
A natural next step.
in 1976 as a group of families who gathered together for mutual support
and the exchange of information on mental health issues. The principle
of "people helping people" which drew these families together
is still at the heart of all of ICMHG
endeavors and explains why community is such an important part of their
working together, in 25 years ICMHG has evolved into a private, non-profit
community mental health center licensed by
the State of CT and accredited by JCAHO, the agency provides a cost efficient
continuum of adult mental health and substance abuse services.
projects across the country have shown the value that a participant-operated
program can add to community mental
health services and for this reason ICMHG has embraced the application
for these available funds and the opportunity to increase their partnership
with mental health consumers. Taking this natural step and bringing once
again to the community increased opportunities for recovery and wellness.