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Services and Programs

ADOLESCENT SYMPOSIUM The annual Adolescent Symposium is a training event that is planned and implemented by representatives from a collaborative group of youth-serving agencies in the Greater Dallas area. Experts in the behavioral healthcare field present current issues and treatment techniques with a goal to enhance the quality of services received by youth and their families. Participants are professionals who work with adolescents in agencies and organizations that include juvenile justice, schools social services, residential care facilities, mental health and other related services.

AGING AND MENTAL HEALTH provides education and awareness programs on aging and mental health to persons in Dallas County. Specialized programs are presented to diverse community groups, social service personnel, senior center staff, nursing home personnel and other professionals in the geriatric field. Additionally, educational programs are provided for mental health service providers about healthy aging and aging services. It also assists individuals who request information about aging and mental health and how to navigate the systems of care. MHA sponsors the Aging and Mental Coalition, made up of mental health and aging services professionals to identify and address key mental health issues affecting older adults.

CONSUMER PROGRAMS supports mental health consumers through education, advocacy and support groups. MHA offers support groups and trainings using these modles:

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance

Wellness Action Recovery Plan

Schizophrenia Anonymous

Dual Recovery Anonymous

Recovery Intrntinl

 We also support the Depressive Support Group, a support group that meets every Thursday afternoon from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. to lend peer support and education to individuals coping with depression.

OPERATION HEALTHY REUNIONS is a program funded through the TRIAD Fund of the Dallas Foundation.  The program is designed to assist Afghanistan and Iraq (OEF/OIF) war veterans and/or their families who are having difficulties transitioning back into civilian life due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or related mental health difficulties.  This project will assist them in acquiring appropriate mental health and social services in 12 different counties (Dallas, Denton, Collin, Rockwall, Kaufman, Hunt, Delta, Hopkins, Rains, Van Zandt, Ellis, and Navarro).  These veterans and their families will receive appropriate services during and after deployment. 

PRISM Each year,  Mental Health America of Greater Dallas honors individuals and organizations who have made a significant contribution toward promoting mental health awareness and improving the quality of care for persons living with mental illnesses. The Prism Awards Luncheon also serves as MHA's Annual Meeting and major fundraising event. Past speakers include: Mike Wallace, William and Rose Styron and Harold Koplewicz, M.D. of New York University Child Study Center.

PUBLIC POLICY PROGRAM works to change policies and to increase services, facilities and funding by educating public policy makers and elected officials at all levels of government. Includes MHAs Criminal Justice Initiative which focuses on establishing a system to provide mental health services to individuals with mental illnesses who are incarcerated, establish services and systems to divert individuals from incarceration into community based services and provide training on mental health to law enforcement and judicial personnel. MHA sponsors the Coalition on Mental Illness, COMI, a community based coalition made up of mental health advocates, elected officials, stakeholders, treatment providers and consumers which addresses issues affecting mental health treatment.  MHA also focuses on boarding home reform.  Please go to boardinghome.org to find a list of Licensed Boarding Homes in Dallas County.

WHO (We Help Ourselves) is an educational/prevention program that teaches problem-solving techniques and communication skills to keep children and adolescents from becoming victims of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse. Children learn to recognize inappropriate and dangerous behaviors, to develop a plan of action to avoid being victimized, and finally, to learn what to say and whom to tell when victimization occurs. Age-appropriate curriculum is provided for pre-school through high school.

Mental Health First Aidis a course desgned for the general public.  Students learn how to help a person identify, understand and respond to the signs of mental illness and substance use disorder.   Mental Health America offers this 12 hour course to the public for $75.  Community classes start in August and October.  To register or to schedule a class at a different time, contact Ricardo Aguilar at 214-871-2420x118 or raguilar@mhadallas.org.  

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