Needs and Capacities

Process of Developing the Needs and Capacities

          Future actions must be grounded in an understanding of the past and present.  The Task Force decided that a thorough analysis of the current situation was needed before it could recommend actions.  The Task Force examined exiting services, 2000 US Census data, data from 5 neighborhood surveys, information collected through two public forums and key informant interviews, and comments from two meetings of Arlin important agency personnel.  The results of the analysis of this data can be found in the Task Force’s report called Arlin Mental Health Assessment, which is available at www.Arlin/mhtf/assessment.htm.  Assessment results are summarized by the Key findings, needs, and capacities from the assessment report are summarized below.

Key Findings from the assessment

Arlin’s Mental Health Needs in Priority Order

  1. Citizens need to be able to contact one “easy to remember” location (telephone number and Web site) and be linked to mental health promoting activities and services (highest need)

  2. Neighborhoods need ways to promote and support the mental health of residents

  3. All pregnant mothers need access to pre and postnatal care and screening

  4. Young adults need recreational activities available to them in the evenings and on weekends

  5. All children need to have adequate nutrition for the first five years of life

  6. School age children need to know how to become and stay mentally healthy

  7. Residents need ways to handle problems in living, e.g., unemployment, parenting, divorce, death

  8. The aged need low cost support and mechanisms in order to remain in their homes

  9. Children/youth need personal growth building experiences, e.g.  hiking

  10. Agencies, especially those providing self-help, prevention, family, & community services must evaluate their outcomes

Capacities on which to build

  1. Residents of the community are very involved (the greatest capacity on which to build solutions)

  2. The community has a growing and successful business community committed to the community

  3. Several very stable neighborhoods exist, some with homeowners associations

  4. The area has a network of agencies and churches that influence the lives of many people

  5. People value education and are willing to invest time and resources in their schools

The complete assessment is available from the Mayor's secretary at City Hall.