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MHA Programs

Adult Homeless Mental Health Services (AHMHS)

Adult Homeless Mental Health Services (AHMHS) offers case management and ongoing assistance to formerly homeless, mentally ill adults who are living independently in supportive housing. Case managers work to ensure program participants are connected to the resources they need and help them achieve self-sufficiency.

Program Director: Betsy Bowman,

Friendly Visitor

Friendly Visitor offers friendship and emotional support to seniors that are home-bound, isolated and often lonely. Each program participant is matched with a trained volunteer who shares similar interests. Volunteers visit participants each week, and unique friendships are formed.

Program Director: Tammy Schmidt,

HOPES (Hotline, Outreach & Programming for Emotional Support)

HOPES (Hotline, Outreach & Programming for Emotional Support) offers supportive listening and crisis / suicide intervention through a free, confidential, 24-hour hotline (301-738-2255), a Youth Talkline (301-738-9697), and serves as a local center for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255). The program also offers a Text Line Monday-Thursday, 4pm-9pm via 301-738-2255 and Internet chat services through HOPES provides community education on mental health and wellness through “Red Flags,” a depression and suicide awareness program that serves middle and high school students, conducts speaking engagements and outreach in the community on suicide and mental health issues.

Program Director: Rachel Larkin,

Kensington Wheaton Youth Services (KWYS)

Through Kensington Wheaton Youth Services (KWYS), MHA works with Montgomery County Public Schools and the Department of Health and Human Services to offer services to help youth and families overcome obstacles that are in the way of student learning and growth. Through short-term mental health counseling, case management services, tutoring, educational workshops and after school programming, students improve school performance and families gain stability in their home lives.

Program Director: Karen Duffy,

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

N*COMMON (New Capacity & Outreach for Multicultural Mental Health Opportunities Now) provides clinical mental health services to low-income and uninsured Spanish- and French-speaking immigrants who are newly-arrived to the United States. Many program participants have experienced some form of trauma, either in their home country or during their immigration journey. N*COMMON therapists help them to heal and adjust to life in a new country. N*COMMON also creates mental health internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students at MHA and partner nonprofits.

Program Director: Karishma Sheth,

Representative Payee

Representative Payee serves low-income disabled adults who are unable to manage their federal benefits due to mental illness or physical disability. Program participants are matched with volunteers who create budgets, pay bills, manage funds and help participants gain financial stability.

Program Director: Amy Fier,

Serving Together

Serving Together connects active military, veterans and their families in Montgomery County and Northern Virginia to needed community resources such as education, economic, housing and mental health through individualized assistance from a fellow veteran and a comprehensive online community, Serving Together also educates mental health professionals, nonprofits and the local community at large on the unique needs of the area’s military and veterans and how to help them most effectively.

Program Director: Jessica Fuchs,

Voices Versus Violence (VVV)

Through Voices Versus Violence (VVV), MHA works with youth dealing with behavioral issues at school and home, such as truancy, anger and bullying, to cultivate healthy attitudes and encourage positive life direction. VVV seeks to avert youth from coming into initial contact with the juvenile justice system and to reduce recidivism for youth who are already involved in the juvenile justice system by engaging with program participants and their families to address academic and mental health issues, as well as connect them to needed community resources through case management. VVV also provides educational presentations and training to youth and parents as well as school and community personnel.

Program Director: Jessica Soussana,