MHA of Cortland County has the primary goals of:
• Helping to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.
• Working collaboratively with stakeholders to address the barriers to service.
• Promoting positive and supportive messages and information relating to emotional and behavioral health needs for individuals of all ages.
• Providing the community with educational and informational resources relating to mental health and mental illness .
• Providing support to consumers, families, and advocates of mental health services.
• Increasing visibility and awareness within the professional and private community of the resources and supports offered by the Cortland MHA.
• Strengthening existing MHA Board policies and procedures.
The Mental Health Association of Cortland County and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) serves Cortland County. Our mission addresses three broad functions: to educate the public about mental illness, to advocate for individuals with mental illness, and to provide support for both individuals and families affected by mental illness.
1. Educate individuals suffering from mental illness, families affected by it, professionals, government officials, and the public about both mental illness and the various treatments available. Our primary goal with education is to eliminate the widespread, erroneous stigma associated with mental illness.
2. Advocate for persons suffering from mental illness on all fronts. We lobby for their rights, and for services such as adequate housing, improved educational opportunities, and more widely available employment opportunities.
3. Support families and individuals afflicted by mental illness by giving accurate information and direction, by reducing the stigma associated with mental illness, by forming support groups for individuals and families, and by performing other supporting activities as necessary.
We are a volunteer Board of Directors that act to initiate and promote advocacy services, educational presentations, prevention programs, and information and resource referrals.
President: Patricia Schaap
Vice President: Beckey Tripp
Treasurer: Richard Bush
Secretary: Audrey Jones