Our mission is to help people gain control of their lives by forging solutions that resolve mental health crises and end homelessness.
Mental Health Services for Homeless Persons, Inc. (MHS) is a leading provider of crisis care, mental health, and vital supportive services for highly vulnerable populations of the city of Cleveland, and Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA. Now in our 23rd year, we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing services at 13 sites with a staff of 220 and the efficient use of more than $15 million in revenues. Last year, 4,463 homeless adults and children participated in our homeless assistance services, and 11,413 children and adults took part in our crisis and trauma intervention services. MHS is certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services. MHS is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and The American Association of Suicidology. Outcome data demonstrate that MHS programs help clients achieve housing, recovery, and self-determination.
Homeless adults with disabling mental or physical conditions achieve housing, mental health recovery, and self-determination through their participation in outreach, shelter, psychiatric, and supportive services. Seventeen programs provide homeless persons who have disabilities with the most comprehensive scope of care of any agency in Ohio, promoting sustained recovery, independence, and community participation.
Children and adults whose safety and health are threatened by mental illness or overwhelming stressors call our 24/7 Suicide Hotline. Our Mobile Crisis Team helps them achieve safe resolution of their crisis situations. MHS has provided 24/7 crisis assessment and intervention services throughout Cuyahoga County, Ohio, without interruption, since 1995. These services formed the basis for the nation's first scientific demonstration of the effectiveness of mobile crisis outreach. For help, call 216-623-6888. TTY/TDD: 216-623-6540
Police officers at the scene of domestic violence incidents refer traumatized children and families to our Children Who Witness Violence program. At-risk children and families are referred by the Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services to our Child and Family Focused Services program.
Susan Neth became the Executive Director in December 2008. She joined MHS in 1988 as a case manager, and has served in an extraordinary range of leadership roles. With a Master's degree in Organizational Development, she has led the agency's achievement of many critical initiatives.
MHS was founded in 1988 to serve severely mentally-disabled, homeless adults. While retaining our original name, we now provide diverse interventions addressing critical community needs, as a contract agency of the Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County, and a partner agency of United Way of Greater Cleveland.
MHS uses evidence-based treatment protocols to help its clients achieve important outcomes.
Through their participation in MHS services, more than 1,700 homeless persons have achieved stable housing, recovery, and self-determination during the past five years.
View a summary table of MHS programs.
Read our Annual Report for the 2008, 2006, or the 2005 fiscal year.
Regina Brett, columnist for The Plain Dealer, writes about the MHS Community Women's Shelter as a place of hope, and "a place of stories." More »
Timothy is one of the suicide-prevention avatars of the Lifeline Gallery: Stories of Hope and Recovery, a project of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Visit the Gallery to see others, send one, or even create one.
MHS serves the City of Cleveland, and Cuyahoga County, Ohio, U.S.A.
Learn about our service area.
Learn about our federal and state government representatives.
At left, MHS headquarters as seen by those travelling north on East 18th Street toward Payne Avenue. Photo from the Street View of Google.com/maps.
MHS programs are funded through the generous support of the citizens of Cuyahoga County; individual and organizational donors; units of local, state, and federal government; private foundations; and community foundations.
The MHS website is designed for all those with an interest in our mission and its achievement. Our intent is to effectively communicate who we are, what we do, and what our clients accomplish through their participation in our services. Toward this end, we also present information about local and national developments in healthcare and social services that are pertinent to our mission. It is also our intent to provide members of our community with opportunities to tell us about our performance.
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