To serve as a proactive alliance of local citizens, community leaders and health care providers with the focus on issues and concerns regarding mental health in the community.
To work together collaboratively in an effort to identify those areas that are problematic in the provision of services, i.e. access to care, crisis intervention, education, stigma etc., and to find solutions to those areas identified.
1. To identify those areas that are viewed as problematic by a group consensus and to form sub-groups to find solutions for those areas identified.
2. To provide an arena for local providers to network and educate one another on their individual facilities and the services that they provide to the community.
3. To assist one another by sharing information regarding resources and support in regards to the problem areas identified on a local, state and national level.
4. To provide education on issues regarding stigma and discrimination with the goals of increasing community understanding and acceptance, and improving the quality of care for those persons with serious mental illness.
The Tuscaloosa Mental Health Alliance meets on the third Monday of each month at 2 pm except for the month of December when no meeting is scheduled.
The Board of Directors meets on the first Thursday of each month at 2 m.
Areas of Focus include:
Crisis Intervention: To pursue priority needs in training and service delivery to better meet mental health crises, including the issues of crisis line and PACT.
Housing: To pursue projects which will result in more standard, safe, and affordable housing being available to citizens with mental illness.
Community Awareness: To educate the community about mental illness in order to increase awareness, understanding and acceptance, and to reduce stigma and discrimination.
Child and Adolescent Services: Identify priority service needs and outline course of action to address those priority needs.
Returning Combat Veterans – The Road Home: Educate the community about resources so that returning veterans, their children and spouses can find assistance with adjustment and reintegration issues.