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Press Release

Release Date:
January 18, 2007
Contact Person:
Dean Settle, Executive Director
Community Mental Health Center of Lancaster County

Word has been received this date that the Community Mental Health Center of Lancaster County has received the maximum accreditation award from CARF International. A team of three site surveyors were here in Lincoln during December, 2006, and reviewed programs in areas of case management, community integration, crisis intervention, crisis stabilization, day treatment, outpatient treatment, and residential treatment.

The Community Mental Health Center of Lancaster County had many strengths noted in the report. Kudos were given to the local county government for its commitment to mental health. The center was cited as a vendor of high-quality services that is recognized by the various public bodies within our county. Staff was noted to be professional, enthusiastic, and quality-driven. The organization has received additional positive comments about the many collaborative programs that have been offered in conjunction with other organizations; such as, PIER Project, Harvest Project, Arts Program, Jail Diversion Program, and more.

Special recognition was given to the organization for its efforts to reduce the stigma of mental illness by its involvement in consumer art projects. Also, some very creative relationships were noted between the State, O.U.R. Homes, and Lancaster County Mental Health in our Heather Residential Program. The new day rehab center (formerly the Blood Bank Building) at 30th & "O" Street, known as Midtown Center, is a specially designed and very effective psychosocial rehab center where individuals served are involved in meaningful work and are active within the community.

The team also made special mention of the PATH and Special Needs Programs. The two staff members are extremely dedicated and experienced individuals that are providing creative, enthusiastic, and responsive services to homeless persons served.

Staff members of the Community Mental Health Center and the people we serve are all to be congratulated for this significant accomplishment. Accreditation in the field of mental health means meeting or bettering national standards in providing community-based mental health services to persons with mental illness. The Community Mental Health Center of Lancaster County continues to maintain its accreditation level at the highest award possible.