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MHA of Greater Dallas believes that mental illnesses are medical illnesses that can be effectively treated and we are committed to promoting good mental health in our community. MHA appreciates the continued involvement of the community in our efforts to share our mission. MHA focuses our attention & resources on strategies to prevent mental illness and works continuously to monitor current services and treatment provided to people with mental illness in Dallas and surrounding cities.
Mental Health America of Greater Dallas provides education and awareness programs to diverse community groups, social service personnel, senior center staff, nursing home personnel and other professionals in the geriatric field through our Aging and Mental Health Program . In 2007 the agency provided more than 1,873 seniors and senior service personnel and volunteers with training through this program. The Adolescent Symposium is offered annually to provide professionals in the field of children's mental health with up-to-date information and education through workshops and symposia. In 2007 the Symposium was held in April and had over 690 attendees.
WHO (We Help Ourselves) teaches children and youth (ages 4-18) to avoid school violence, assault, child abuse, peer pressure, sexual harassment, emotional abuse and other forms of victimization. In 2007 the WHO program reached out to 241,682 individuals, children, youth, counselors and non-profit agencies. WHO is a participant in the Child Abuse Prevention Coalition and the Family Violence Prevention Council.
Operation Healthy Reunions was initiated in November 2007 through funding from the Dallas Foundation's TRIAD grant initiative. Designed to meet the mental health needs of returning United States veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq and their families, the program reached out to over 100 providers in the last two months of 2007.The cornerstone of our Law Enforcement Initiative is Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) that provides law enforcement officers with the skills to assist individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. Additionally, this initiative works with judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys to establish systems to divert people with mental illness or substance abuse disorders to treatment and community-based services rather than jail. By the end of 2007 this program trained over 400 officers.
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