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Vision and Guiding Principles

Our Vision

The vision statement and guiding principles of the Arlin Mental Health Task Force united the diverse group of members and provided the philosophy and basic values for the proposed mental health activities and services.

We envision a community and families that support infants, children, youth, young adults, middle aged, and the aged in Arlin to develop their maximum potential emotionally, intellectually, and socially.  We envision a community support system comprised of families, employers and neighborhoods that encourage self-help and mutual support and a mix of human service agencies that intervene if self-help measures, the family, and the community fails.

Guiding Principles

  1. We believe that human services should empower individuals, families, and the community.

  2. We believe that agencies should exist only to supplement self-help measures or if self-help measures fail and that human services should be as brief, close-to-home, and non-restrictive as possible.

  3. We believe that the family is a primary place where citizens develop their maximum potential emotionally, intellectually, and socially.  Human services that support the family, e.g., family counseling, should be the preferred choice of intervention.

  4. We believe that the work place is a very important place where citizens develop their maximum potential emotionally, intellectually, and socially.  Services provided through the work place and supported by the work place should be a major component of any human service delivery system.

  5. We believe that the community is an important place where citizens develop their maximum potential emotionally, intellectually, and socially.  Human services that improve community functioning, foster diverse and cohesive neighborhoods, and encourage mutual support should receive priority funding.

  6. We believe that human service practice is a research-based science.  Client problems and their progress towards solutions should be measured and evaluated.

  7. We believe that mental health promotion and mental illness prevention is preferable to treatment.

  8. We believe that services should form a system with clear linkages between agencies where clients do not have to continually contact many agencies looking for help, but can call any agency and become linked to a comprehensive system of care.

  9. We believe that potential clients, ex-clients, and client advocates should be represented on committees involved with policies and services.

  10. We believe that all agencies should have an organized effort to recruit and use volunteers in services.

  11. We believe that agency staff, boards, and policy making bodies should resemble the ethnic, income, and gender mix of their target populations because a diverse workforce serves clients better.