01 Dec Support Our Year-End Campaign
December 1, 2018
Over the past year, hundreds of people relied on the comprehensive mental health services (crisis support, assessment, medication, and ongoing therapy) that Access Institute provided. Over 12,000 sessions of service supported people living on the edge psychologically and economically. We gave them high-quality care, the kind usually available only to those with much greater financial means, and we did that for free or at affordable sliding-scale rates. With that support, our clients healed psychological traumas, recovered from depression, or managed a serious mental illnesses. They built hope for their futures.
Sometimes our clients need more than even the best mental health care. Many of them are chronically unemployed, have experienced homelessness, have complex medical problems, or are unable to access available benefits because they can’t navigate the bureaucracy. These material challenges are interwoven with, and exacerbate, their mental health problems. The case management services they might find in the community are either limited in scope or are not integrated with their mental health care. They need social work services that go hand-in-hand with mental health support. We saw that and knew we needed to do more.
This fall we launched our response: Access Institute’s Assertive Social Assistance Program (ASAP). The program will enable vulnerable members of our community to access mental health treatment along with clinical case management services. ASAP will not only connect them to vital community support (housing, employment, healthcare), but also will build their resilience, enhance their mental well-being, and increase their social connections.
Like our mental health services, case management at Access Institute will be available on a sliding scale, with fees as low as $5. We have to make these services very affordable and we can only do that with your support. Your tax-deductible, year-end donation will directly support the clients served by ASAP, greatly enhancing the care they receive.
Please consider a donation today and help us address the mental health and social support needs of the most vulnerable members of our community.
On behalf of our staff, volunteers, and community we serve, thank you for your support!
Bart Magee, Ph.D.
Founder and Executive Director