Mental Health, Crisis Intervention

Act for Mental Health

  • San Jose, CA
  • www.actmentalhealth.org

Mission Statement

"The mission of ACT for Mental Health is to empower and rehabilitate persons who are socially, mentally, economically and/or situationally disadvantaged. We fulfill our mission by relieving obstacles to emotional well-being and by restoring and enhancing
strengths through acceptance in a safe, stable and professionally-guided environment which provides tools and support for resolution of personal, emotional and situational life problems.”

Main Programs

  1. Low cost counseling services
  2. Support Groups
Service Areas

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California

Santa Clara County

ruling year

1989

President/CEO

Self-reported

Ms. Wanda Alexander, LCSW, BCD

Keywords

Self-reported

Mental Health, Counseling, Crisis Intervention, Support Groups, Affordable

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EIN

77-0227659

 Number

7982359763

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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At ACT, referrals that reflect a need for ACT’s professional services are on the increase. These referrals are diverse, coming from individuals, County Social Services, other not-for-profits organizations, Courts, internet, County Mental Health and just word of mouth. These requests continue to escalate as the economy continues to falter.

 
The goals for 2011 and beyond are the following:

- Raise awareness of the need for mental health service: the need increases with gradual elimination of County services through budget cutbacks, reductions and layoffs from corporations, etc.

 

- Secure our information technology infrastructure to support the expanding services base, secure client files, and equip regular and volunteer staff with tools that ensure privacy and quality care.

 

- Increase funds for development activities including access to grants and donations (corporate and private) to support client needs and administrative requirements.

 

- Implement Succession Management planning for key roles within the organization with a focus on Executive Director

 

- Access and plan for real estate facility changes.

 

- While we recognize these are aggressive goals they are within our reach with the support of donors, public agencies and partnerships.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Low cost counseling services

ACT provides affordable, (sliding scale) licensed mental health therapiesfor low income and uninsured persons. Our therapies treat a wide range ofemotional disorders such as anxiety and depression, child trauma, abuseand neglect, marriage relationships, domestic violence, court ordered andsituational adjustment disorders.These services also include focused classes such as parenting and angermanagement as well as support groups for people with residual illness andfor Spanish-speaking men and women.

Category

Mental Health, Substance Abuse

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$210,000.00

Program 2

Support Groups

Support/therapeutic groups for people with residual mental illness and/or for Spanish speaking men and women offer opportunity for personal growth and enrichment through activities interpersonal exchange and professional guidance. Intergenerational and intercultural information create better understanding and acceptance, paving the way for fuller participation in the larger community. Opportunity to take responsibility within the group enhances esteem and creates a bridge into other community groups. Support groups encourage each individual to discover and utilize personal skills and to participate in the group as a whole.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$8,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Santa Clara County

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Financials

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ACT for Mental Health, Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Act for Mental Health

Leadership

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President/CEO

Ms. Wanda Alexander, LCSW, BCD

STATEMENT FROM THE President/CEO

"ACT for Mental Health ("ACT")does an amazing amount of professional work on a very limited budget. Between July 2012 and June 2013, ACT provided over 3400 client sessions with individuals, families and groups. One fourth of our clients come referred by an insurance or stipend program; the rest pay from their own resources based on our sliding scale. Average payment from these self-pay individuals is often less than half the cost of service. We rely on contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations to make up the balance. ACT’s long-standing record of service to the community combined with its user-friendly environment contributes to its reputation as being a viable, reputable and adaptable organization — a human service treasure indeed!

ACT’s professional staff is diverse in background, specialty and language. Our staff is licensed in Social Work, Medicine, Psychology and Marriage/Family therapy which allows ACT to offer a range of therapies. These include intense individual work involving trauma and loss to classes in anger management and positive parenting. It also includes Spanish-language support groups for both men and women.

The Fireside Friendship Club, a self-help group that originated in the mid 1950s, continues to offer respite and support for people with residual mental illness. It is now reaching out to other seniors struggling to manage their emotional issues. Overall, ACT strives to provide affordable, high-quality mental health services to anyone in need. In doing so, ACT improves the quality of life for individuals, families and groups in the Santa Clara Valley community. ACT’s ultimate goal is to build resilient people, healthy families, reliable workers, and good citizens. As a small, not-for-profit, community-based agency, ACT stands out as a model of caring, support and community involvement.
 
Wanda Alexander | CEO – ACT for Mental Health"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Max Bouchard

ACT for Mental Health, Inc

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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