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MHA Programs

Adult Homeless Mental Health Services

Offers case management and ongoing assistance to formerly homeless adults who are living independently through Shelter Plus Care and New Neighbors programming.  Shelter Plus Care is a tenant-based, permanent, supportive housing program providing individual apartment units.  New Neighbors is a sponsor-based, permanent supportive housing program offering either apartment or shared housing options.  Clients are helped to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency.  Outreach and case management services are provided at the Lord’s Table soup kitchen in Gaithersburg.

Program Director: Mary Olisa,

Friendly Visitor Program

Offers friendship and support to home-bound elderly individuals who are isolated and lonely due to physical or emotional concerns.  Each client is matched with a trained volunteer who has similar interests.  Friendly Visitor provides access to resources and advocates for a healthy and safe environment so that clients may remain in the community as long as possible.  Each friendship is very unique, and both clients’ and volunteers’ lives are enriched by the relationship.

Program Director: Tammy Schmidt,

HOPES (Hotline, Outreach & Programming for Emotional Support)

Seeks to increase community awareness and opportunities to make a difference in the lives of people touched by mental illness.  Services include:  The Montgomery County Hotline which is a free, confidential 24-hour hotline offering crisis & suicide intervention/prevention and postvention, information and referral and supportive listening; “Red Flags” which is a depression and suicide awareness education program that serves middle and high schools throughout the county; Mental Health First Aid which is a 12-hour training course that educates the community on accessing services for someone experiencing a mental health issue; and Specialized Information and Referral Services which currently focuses on providing information and referrals to veterans, active military and their family members.

Program Director: Rachel Larkin,

Kensington Wheaton Youth Services (KWYS)

Serves youth and families in the Einstein, Kennedy and Wheaton Montgomery County Public Schools cluster communities.  KWYS offers short-term counseling and community- and school-based workshops for those experiencing difficulties in their daily lives and seeks to prevent more serious personal, family or community problems.  Additionally, KWYS offers assorted youth development services, such as therapeutic recreation and after-school programming.  KWYS, in collaboration with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, Montgomery County Public Schools and other nonprofit organizations, provides Linkages to Learning services at school sites to “at risk” children and families to improve performance in school, at home and in the community.  KWYS is located at 3950 Ferrara Drive in Wheaton.  (301) 933-2818.

Program Director: Karen Duffy,

N*COMMON (New Capacity & Outreach for Multicultural Mental health Opportunities Now)

Seeks to forge common bonds of mental wellness across our community through services that are culturally and linguistically responsive to Montgomery County’s diverse residents.  N*COMMON creates internship opportunities for culturally and linguistically competent individuals to work in the human services field through placements at MHA as well as other public and nonprofit agencies in the county.  N*COMMON also offers multicultural educational opportunities for mental health and human services professionals serving our community.  In addition, N*COMMON provides prevention and intervention mental health clinical services (individual, group and family therapy) to diverse clients unable to afford treatment.  Currently, the focus of the clinical program is on low-income, uninsured, newly-arrived immigrant children, youth and families who are referred by MHA programs and other partner agencies.

Program Director: Karishma Sheth,

Representative Payee Program

Provides financial supervision for low income Montgomery County adults who receive a government benefit that they are unable to manage because of a physical or mental disability.  Each program client is matched with a volunteer who manages the monthly benefit for the client.  The Representative Payee Program is an AARP Foundation Money Management Program.  The AARP Foundation is AARP’s Affiliated Charity.

Program Director: Patricia Berry,

Serving Together

Serving Together is transforming the current fragmented system of care for Montgomery County's active soldiers, veterans and family members to become one that rallies the entire community in proactively identifying military families in need, assisting them and connecting them in a coordinated way to economic (i.e., employment, housing and food), education (i.e., higher education and trade school/training), and mental health services (i.e., benefits, information and resources) and provides a wider local support network.

Program Director: Jessica Fuchs,

Voices VS Violence (VVV)

Works to ensure safe lives for youth and families by bringing together diverse segments of the community to foster attitudes and behaviors that prevent and reduce violence. Presentations for school staff on topics of bullying prevention, anger/stress management, and gang awareness, as well as School Success Groups are offered to Montgomery County Public Schools. In addition, the Voices2Epower Project provides pyscho-educational groups, case management, and cognitive behavioral treatment to youth ages 12 and older that are involved in the Department of Juvenile Services.

Program Director: Jessica Soussana,