Mental Health Community Center Inc
240B S Tuttle Ave
Sarasota FL 34237
Mission

Our Mission is… to offer adults with mental illness caring, encouraging and direct service programs leading to a healthy and productive life style within the mainstream community; and reaching out to the community with informative educational programs that defeat the stigma of mental illness while promoting access to local services for treatment and recovery.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jennifer D. Ernst
Board Chair Ms. JoAnn Tomer
Board Chair Affiliation Retired
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
Supported Organization
Former Names
Sarasota Mental Health Resource Center
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1991
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2016
State Registration Yes May 2016
IRS Letter of Determination
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Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $925,954.00
Projected Expenses $925,954.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement

1.  Mental Health Community Centers has been officially accredited in Human Services with the Council on Accreditation (COA).  This status was received in May 2016 and is applicable for four years when a re-accreditation process will begin.  

2.   2016-2018 Strategic Goals: I. MHCC will continue to improve its financial position to better serve our mission. II. MHCC will continue to improve services to its members. III. MHCC will expand donor focused fundraising toward major gift investment and implement an endowment, planned giving, and estate planning.  IV. MHCC will improve agency by engaging staff, Board of Directors and community leaders in our mission through community outreach.
 
3.  Results-based Outcomes for the first quarter of Fiscal year 2015-2016 indicate: (information based on growing participant attendance of approximately 600 members at four locations) 93% members report being satisfied with services received.  93% members report being satisfied overall with the drop-in centers.  92% members report the program has helped to improve the quality of their life.  93% members report if they were to have problems, they would return to the center.  77% report becoming more physically active since joining MHCC programs, and finally, 91% members report they receive support and helpful information when needed. 
Needs Statement

  1. 12 Passenger Van for Anchor House in North Port - $15,000
  2. Peer Specialist Operational - Hire new Peer Staff to support programs - $10,000
  3. Kitchen Renovations for Prospect House- $10,000
  4. Scholarship support for memberships at $35 per annual
  5. Activities fees for members at $30 per month per member

 

Background Statement

Many people who experience mental illness no longer need lengthy stays in psychiatric facilities. New medications and therapy permit people with brain diseases to return to their communities. A return to the community however, does not necessarily mean a return to an active and healthy life. For over 40 years MHCC has served as a local community resource for the needs of persons with severe and persistent mental illness and their families.  Daily center-based programs located in Sarasota, Venice, North Port and Arcadia offer a recovery model that augments clinical treatment programs and promote recovery and successful community integration. We offer support, education, independent living skills training, vocational training and many opportunities for socialization with community outings. They are especially important in providing a network of support services offered by professional social workers, peer counselors, peer activity facilitators, healthy living personnel and volunteers with varying backgrounds. All of these individuals engage participants to attend our programs and promote a healthy and productive lifestyle as they become more active and mainstream within the community.  Involvement in programs at MHCC help to increase skills and self esteem which result help to reduce isolation and the need for further hospitalization for mental and physical illnesses; as well as prevent other negative outcomes like incarceration or even suicide.

Collaboration with our medical community, private practitioners, partner substance-abuse facilities, residential treatment centers, civic leadership and the law enforcement community resulted in MHCC providing the leadership and coordination of free seminars. Local seminars are provided at no charge and feedback indicates they are a vital resource to promoting early treatment and reducing stigma that presents a barrier to accessing services. 

According to the National Institute for Mental Health, for every $1.00 placed in community based services there will be $8.00 to $10.00 saved in the reduction of hospitalization alone. These results have been recognized as model programs that provide efficient and effective methods of treatment. We have been recognized as Business of the Year by our local Chamber of Commerce and recently received the Spotlight Award as recognition of our good deeds in the community.

Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- DeSoto
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
FL- Charlotte
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Mental Health & Crisis Intervention
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Keywords
Mental Heath Services, Drop In Centers, Peer Counseling, Family Support, Community Awareness, Supportive Employment
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

There are no other organizations in our service areas that provide services like those available through MHCC. All of these efforts are possible because of the involvement of our community, volunteers, and relationships developed. With passion and diversity we have made a commitment to promoting treatment and defeating the stigmas associated with these biological mental illnesses. 

A distinct program component that differentiates MHCC direct service programs from even those around the country is the availability of ongoing structured daily programs, a large cadre of professional volunteers, and the assistance we provide through our consumers helping other consumers in their recovery. We have placed a priority on recognizing the skills of our members who through no fault of their own experience the barriers presented by mental illness. As role models we are promoting our members to employment within our agency and in key positions,

We have learned how to identify needs by our surveys and openness; as well as, our collaboration with other agencies or resources in our community. Relationship building has substantially contributed to our referral base, as well as our methods and quality of service. Our services are offered with effectiveness and efficiency and administrative costs a mere 7.3%. We are proud of the diversified income base and the development of our philanthropic support which now exceeds our governmental funding. This support is a reflection of our community efforts and has enabled us to make beneficial enhancements to our service model as needs have become apparent. Our programs have taken further shape as a result of volunteers involved on Community Task Force projects related to our growth and development. We are especially appreciative of our relationships with a wide array of individuals and service clubs within the community. With networking and outreach, MHCC has become more visible and many in our community have embraced the mission of providing support, education, independent living vocational, and socialization programs that enable individuals to transition to a healthy lifestyle within the mainstream of our community. Direct service program centers have continued to grow and are now serving well over 1,500 persons. Our community awareness seminar as a collaboration with medical providers in our community are reaching thousands more with vital resource information.  But we need to do more. The numbers related to the prevalence of mental illness are incredible and affect everyone in our community.
Programs
Description

Drop-In Centers are programs for the adults diagnosed with mental illness located in Arcadia, Sarasota, North Port and Venice. Members are referred by private practitioners, other agencies, and hospital crisis units. Professional staff are available, and members complete an assessment, goals and objectives and continual evaluations. There are six to seven psycho-social groups, classes or recreational activities for the members to participate in daily. Some of the groups are specifically offered for members with schizophrenia and bi-polar manic depression. Other groups are held for gender specific issues for men or women. Groups include computer class, work readiness or situation management solutions. One on one sessions are provided to enhance member community living skills, reaching goals and healthy living. MHCC strives to keep the members involved in community, social and cultural activities. 

Budget $512,837
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Elderly and/or Disabled People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities
Short Term Success

In the short term MHCC and Prospect assists their members in maintaining a quality of life that allows for members to return to society and participate in community events. The more time that clients are participating in the center and activities this keeps the members for isolating in their homes and encourages the peers to work on the issues that are effecting their recovery.

Long Term Success

 

MHCC is about improving the independent living skills of the mentally ill. It is about improving the quality of life of its members. Ultimately, MHCC believes it is more cost effective to work with the mentally ill after their release from acute care and emergency service units, to maintain their independence. It reduces recidivism rates and expensive skilled and assisted living facilities.

 

By reducing the number of hospitalizations and the length of the stay Mental Health Community Centers is saving the community much needed dollars and allowing for better utilization of hospital beds.

 

Program Success Monitoring

 

The members of Prospect house are questioned through surveys, and in group sessions as to the quality of their lives and the effectiveness of the program.

Program Success Examples

I have attended Prospect House almost every day for over a year and know that the people there are the best. They sincerely care and are very patient with people. I just turned 60 years old and it looks like my future is looking up. I have come to realize that anyone can be put in a terrible situation. I think the most important thing is accepting help.  The people at Prospect House do a wonderful job, and I want to thank the people there for helping me. Anyone can be helped, it takes time and patience.

 

T.J.
Description

Peer service is an interactive program that focuses on ongoing, self-determined, recovery.  Trained peer specialists offer support based on relationships in which each person is considered equal.  Through shared experiences peers assist members by providing encouragement, hope, assistance to community resources and guidance to knowledge of what aids recovery.  Peer support is a mutual relationship that focuses on the whole person and not just a diagnosis.  Sessions are focused on health and recovery rather than on illness and disability.  The PAL program peer specialists help develop goals and through one-on-one and group sessions, help participants fine ways to achieve them.  Through this mentor program, participants are becoming productive members of their community. 

Budget $145,807
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Mental Health Treatment
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Elderly and/or Disabled People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities
Short Term Success

In the short term MHCC and Beacon House assists their members in maintaining a quality of life that allows for members to return to society and participate in community events. The more time that clients are participating in the center and activities this keeps the members for isolating in their homes and encourages the peers to work on the issues that are effecting their recovery.

Long Term Success

MHCC is about improving the independent living skills of the mentally ill. It is about improving the quality of life of its members. Ultimately, MHCC believes it is more cost effective to work with the mentally ill after their release from acute care and emergency service units, to maintain their independence. It reduces recidivism rates and expensive skilled and assisted living facilities.

 

By reducing the number of hospitalizations and the length of the stay Mental Health Community Centers is saving the community much needed dollars and allowing for better utilization of hospital beds.

 

Program Success Monitoring

The members of Beacon house are questioned through surveys, and in group sessions as to the quality of their lives and the effectiveness of the program.

Program Success Examples

Ever since I began coming to the North Port Center, I have made a ton of friends who make me feel really good about myself and who I can trust. Everything that I bring up in group is confidential and I am happy about that. This place is filled with positive and good-hearted people. Everyone in group, including the counselor, gives me good ideas and solutions to help me with my problems. Coming has kept me from isolating at home. 

Description The Supported Employment program is an employment assistance service created to assist and help you find and keep competitive jobs utilizing the skills that you already possess. The goal of Supportive Employment is to empower you to find a job which you will enjoy. Leading to healthier life decisions, financial stability, and furthering career aspirations.
Budget $163,916
Category Employment, General/Other Job Training & Employment
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults People/Families with of People with Disabilities Homeless
Short Term Success Our goal is to assist 30% of members to become competitively employed while in the program and continue their employment for a minimum of 90 days after placement.
Long Term Success Mental Health Community Centers has employed 2 full time Supportive Employment Specialists that work in Sarasota county to assist members of the community who suffer from mental illness/substance abuse to find employment. We are currently working on increasing our capacity in 2015 to be able to serve 75 individuals per year. In 2013/14 we were able to serve 60+ individuals.
Program Success Monitoring  Mental Health Community Centers has members complete surveys twice a year in order to monitor the programs we offer. Supportive Employment also utilizes the Evidence Based model of Supportive Employment through SAMHSA.
Program Success Examples My name is Devon and I was introduced to the Mental Health Community Center, Inc., through my case manager at Renaisance Manor. I have been working with Derek, who is a supportive employment specialist. His goal is to help me find work, again. In the meantime, we have established some goals such as:attending some AA meetings and working with the Smart Recovery website; which helps identify addictive behavior solutions and even how to work on everyday problems, using structured work sheets. I have a little more confidence now, that I will be able to findwork again and it will be something that I can do well. Derek andthe Mental HealthCommunity Center (Prospect House), have even allocated some funds, so that I will be able to have a new bicycle. This is good, because it will give me a little bit more freedom to move around. The bus helps, but I won't always have to wait around for its schedule, if I want to go for a jog at thepark or the track; or go to work, hopefully. It has been a good experience so far. Thank you to Derek and the Prospect House, as well as my case manager for taking an interest in my well being.
Comments
Program Comments by Organization Our passion at MHCC continues to be focused on providing daily support and resources that prevent recurrent cycling through emergency rooms, suicides, and the impact of these diseases on our community. MHCC has responded by providing a network of services to help families to seek treatment, reduce isolation, reduce hospitalization, and even reduce suicide. While outcomes are documented, members also respond with positive testimonials about the benefits of this specific recovery service model we provide. MHCC offers a unique model that combines professional, volunteer, and peer support with a goal of transitioning to independent living and vocational participation within the mainstream of our community. Therefore, we have developed collaborations with programs at other organizations like the YMCA to promote healthy living and socialization opportunities. This model works, and many MHCC members indicate we are not only helping to prevent hospitalization and maintain stability; but more importantly because of our help they are now able to focus on goals that are related to their long- term future. As a result of a better understanding of their own recovery, many individuals want to “give back” by helping their fellow peers. Many look to us and have found employment working as program facilitators, peer counselors, as well as professional positions within our agency. We would like to expand this effort of utilizing certified peer specialists to help other members with the recovery process. Currently only 30% of persons discharged from acute care facilities attend their follow-up appointments.  They would be utilized as a liaison with discharge planners at acute care facilities, and would help persons released from acute care to link with resources like MHCC in the community. In addition, we would like to provide a “warm line” to further support communication that would encourage treatment. We believe we can demonstrate that peer support via peer counseling and liaison services within our friendly environments can help with this transition as well as preventing recycling to hospitals for mental health and other physical conditions. Currently there are no governmental funds to demonstrate this pilot program of expanded peer services, which ultimately would save expenditures on acute care.   Our goals and successes are only limited by resources, and it is our wish that continuing our efforts to build and establish ongoing community relationships will assist us in helping these resources to become a reality.   
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jennifer D. Ernst
CEO Term Start Dec 2015
CEO/Executive Director Email jernst@mhcci.com
Experience

Ms. Ernst has served MHCC since 2013 as Director of Operations focusing on the agencies four drop-in centers and implementation of the agencies two newest programs including Supportive Employment and the Peer Assisted Liaison Programs.  Before joining MHCC, Ernst had more than seven years experience; including direct services and management positions,  overseeing adults and children suffering from substance abuse at one of the largest not-for-profit organizations in Florida.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Mr. Peter D. Howard LCSWJan 2015 - Dec 2014
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Ms. Mandy Feldman LCSWClinical Director
Ms. Linda J. Greaves Director of Development
Mrs Deborah Robinson Director of Programs
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 8
Part Time Staff 20
Staff Retention Rate % 92
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 1
Volunteers 150
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations
Mental Health Community Centers partners with many agencies in accomplishing the mission.  Memorandums of Understanding agreements are are in partnership with Sarasota Memorial Hospital, First Step of Sarasota County, Casl Renasainnce Manor.  We work closely with refering sources such as private practitioners, law enforcement, andcrisis stabilization units,  and collaborate together in creating programs which are benificial to all of our clients.
 
MHCC is part of the Sarasota County Continuity of Care group providing Behavioral Health Services to Sarasota County.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Awards & Recognition
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Five Star Award for ExcellenceCentral Florida Behavorial Health Network2013
Risk Management Provisions
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted Aug 2012
Management Succession Plan Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Comments
Management Comments by Organization
Management Comments by Foundation
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization
Planning & Policies Comments by Foundation
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. JoAnn Tomer
Company Affiliation Retired
Board Term May 2013 to May 2016
Board Chair Email Jtomer@mhcci.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Dr. Francine Z. Brown Consultant
Ms. Christine Caldwell Business Owner
Ms. Rosemary Chase Community Volunteer
Ms. Jennifer Ernst Executive Director
Mr. David R. Fawks Cornerstone Psychatric
Mr. Keith Green Retired
Mr. Bradley Hogreve Kirk Pinkerton
Mr. Clint Mallard Trustco Bank
Dr. Jacquelyn T. Somach Licensed Mental Health Clinician
Dr Lawrence Southwick Retired
Ms. JoAnn Tomer Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Ms. Ann Wacholder Coldwell Banker
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 6
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Board Meeting Attendance % 70
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Executive
Finance
Program / Program Planning
Audit
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2015
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $925,954.00
Projected Expenses $925,954.00
Endowment Value $10,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Policy %
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Historical Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$0$0
Government Contributions$709,773$628,051$52,932
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$439,194$0
Local$0$135,251$0
Unspecified$709,773$53,606$52,932
Individual Contributions$131,063$264,828$380,075
$0$0$0
$37,108$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses($1,179)$854$923
Membership Dues$3,785$0$34,488
Special Events$85,881$131,871$312,278
Revenue In-Kind$24,761$25,462$26,810
Other$3,394$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$1,035,363$993,846$754,000
Administration Expense$59,037$58,066$23,034
Fundraising Expense$29,035$34,984$37,362
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.860.940.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses92%91%93%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%3%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$1,390,769$1,576,738$1,652,925
Current Assets$174,192$327,633$321,827
Long-Term Liabilities$328,698$340,584$340,584
Current Liabilities$34,476$54,949$69,844
Total Net Assets$1,027,595$395,533$1,242,497
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Unspecified $709,773Government Grants - State $439,194Contributions, gifts, grants $380,075
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $131,063Contributions, gifts, grants $264,828Fundraising $312,278
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $85,881Government grants - Local $135,251Government Grants - Unspecified $52,932
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.055.964.61
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets24%22%21%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Financial Comments by Foundation
Financial figures based on IRS Form 990 and audit documents. 990s and audits reconcile for 2012, 2011 & 2010. Total revenue reported on 2009 audit- $667,420; total expenses reported on 2009 audit- $748,071.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support, as reported on Form 990.
Nonprofit Mental Health Community Center Inc
Address 240B S Tuttle Ave
Sarasota, FL 34237
Phone 941 953-3477

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