The Masks We Wear

The Masks We Wear

MHAI is proud to endorse the Indiana Theatre Company’s presentation of THE MASKS WE WEAR – a theatrical exposé about mental health – coming to “The Cat” in Carmel on March 16th and 17th, 2018!

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MHAI’s Annual Events & Corporate Sponsorship

For more than 100 years, Mental Health America of Indiana has been the state's leading organization for

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MHAI’s newest subsidiary, the Indiana Affiliation of Recovery Residences.

INARR supports the development and operation of quality alcohol and drug-free residences in a community of recovery for people with substance abuse disorders.

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Suicide isn't the answer.

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Youth Move Indiana

Youth MOVE is a youth-led organization devoted to improving services and systems surrounding mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare. Through encouragement, empowerment, and advocacy, Youth MOVE fosters positive growth and development for individuals coping with mental conditions—both moderate and severe.

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Our Mission

The mission of Mental Health America of Indiana is to work for the mental health of all citizens and for victory over mental illness through public education, advocacy and public health reform.

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Recovery Coach Internship

Description: Fairbanks Alcohol and Drug Addiction Center is seeking 5 trained recovery coaches thru the Project PEERS grant to assist in a variety of recovery based activities at their main campus in Castleton with the possibility of other locations. Interns are asked to provide a minimum of 8 hours a week to be considered.

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Project PEERS

What is a Recovery Coach?
Anyone interested in promoting recovery by removing barriers and obstacles to recovery and serving as a personal guide and mentor for people seeking or already in recovery.

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MHAI Legal Services

Mental Health America has a legal service center to work with clients to make sure that they get the representation they need and gain access to services required to protect their rights.

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Why Support MHAI?

Across Indiana, approximately 1 in 4 people have a mental illness during a given year. When you add the number of people with addictions issues, the numbers are astonishing. Unfortunately, stigma concerning mental illness and addictions still exists and result in people not seeking treatment. 
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Addiction now defined as brain disorder, not a behavior issue

Addiction is a chronic brain disorder and not simply a behavior problem involving alcohol, drugs, gambling or sex, experts contend in a new definition of addiction, one that is not solely related to problematic substance abuse. Click here to read more.

A Letter from the President


Addiction Treatment Teams (ATT)

Opioid medications used to relieve pain are beneficial to many, but are often over-prescribed as is now well documented. The overuse and misuse of these medications in the United States over the past decade has contributed to thousands of overdose deaths. According to SAMSHA:

  • 7 million Americans reported current nonmedical use of prescription drugs in 2010
  • 2 million people reported using prescription painkillers non-medically for the first time within the last year-nearly 5,500 a day in 2010
  • 1 in 4 people using drugs for first time in 2010 began by using a prescription drug nonmedically
  • 6 of the top 10 abused substances among high school seniors are prescription drugs..

Comprehensive treatment is needed to provide all the tools in the tool box, including inpatient and outpatient treatment, detoxification, counseling, medication assisted treatment, and recovery supports. A workforce needs to be developed that would include additional psychiatrists, psychologists, masters level clinicians, and recovery support specialists.

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What Makes MHAI Effective?

MHAI's successes have been possible because of what makes us unique as an organization. Here are some of the keys to our success.

Advocacy Leadership:

MHAI is a strong voice on the state and local levels for policies that expand opportunities for people with mental illness and addiction disorders. We are well positioned to regularly influence legislation and policy discussions that impact mental healthcare and addiction services.

Broad-Based Perspective:

MHAI represents a diverse network of mental health consumers, advocates, individuals in recovery, family members, providers and other stakeholders who embrace our public health perspective. Under this umbrella, we bring multiple communities together to promote the importance of mental health and addiction in all aspects of health and in all stages of life, from birth through old age.

Coalitions and Partnerships:

Building and leading coalitions is a hallmark of MHAI.

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Mental Health America Indiana


Mental Health America of Indiana is a statewide organization created to work for the mental health of all citizens and victory over mental illness. The Mental Health America is how a broad-based group of citizens, consumers, individuals in recovery, families, and professionals working to:

  • Promote the mental health and recovery of all Indiana citizens through educational programs to increase public understanding and acceptance of persons with a mental illness and addictive disorders.
  • Foster the delivery of the most appropriate and effective services to all individuals in need.
  • Initiate reform of mental health and addiction service delivery system through advocacy and public policy.

From our earliest history as a statewide organization, there have been dedicated advocates who understood that in order to change the manner in which mental health and addiction services are provided, the America must become a strong voice within state government.


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The Third House, LLC

The Third House, a full service government affairs firm, represents Mental Health America of Indiana at the Indiana General Assembly where Stephen C. McCaffrey serves as Principal.

The Third House specializes in health policy, assisting patients, providers, professionals, not-for-profits and pharmaceutical companies to collaborate with other stakeholders to improve access to healthcare in public health and criminal justice settings. The Third House attempts to collectively mobilize The Third House clients to ensure that all patients have access to appropriate treatment options in a manner that is patient-focused and transparent.

The Third House provides services to MHAI that include legislative and regulatory monitoring, issue management, research, and legislative and administrative lobbying.  All The Third House clients receiving lobbying services are registered with the Indiana Lobby Registration Commission at:

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Mental Health America of Indiana (MHAI), originally chartered in 1916, was one of the first mental heath advocacy organizations in the nation to educate the public in the hope of eradicating the stigma associated with mental illness. More recently, the organization was the first mental health association in the country to include addiction advocacy in its mission, recognizing the importance of co-occurring addictive disorders to mental wellness.  Today, MHAI is the only organization in the state dedicated to all aspects of mental health and addictions--from cradle to old age--working to make mental health and addiction systems of care more accessible.


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The Department of Health and Human Services has launched, a new website dedicated to providing information and resources on mental health. The site includes the basics of mental health, signs of common disorders, how to talk about mental health, and how to get help. The site also features a treatment locator widget to assist users in finding mental health services by state or zip code search.  

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