SAN DIEGO–Mental Health Systems (MHS) was honored for its efforts to strengthen and sustain families through its Helping Hands Kinship Support Services.
The County of San Bernardino officially recognized MHS Helping Hands Kinship Programs as the Behavioral Health Contract Program of the Year at its 2013 awards dinner on May 23 in San Bernardino.
Relative and non-relative extended family members, known as kin caregivers, help families stay together as a family.
“Our organization is very proud that we can lend a hand to families that lend their hearts to children,” said MHS President and CEO Kim Bond. “Through kinship placements, families are maintained, traditions upheld, kids move less and experience fewer problems.”
MHS Kinship Caregiver Bonnie Anderson also receive Honorable Mention for Family Member of the Year.
The event was hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness in collaboration with the County of San Bernardino Department of Behavioral Health and Behavioral Health Commission. The celebration was held at the Hilton San Bernardino.
Helping Hands Kinship Support Services are designed to combat isolation and stress experienced by kinship families and meet needs that they encounter in their day-to-day lives. Services include support groups, informational workshops, caregiver respite, children’s activities, and family recreation.
Additional services are developed or referrals are made in response to individual caregiver and kin-child needs.
Mental Health Systems is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving lives in the communities they serve through mental health and substance abuse programs that provide prevention, education, treatment, and recovery services. The agency operates more than 85 programs in 70 geographic locations in California.
To learn more about Mental Health Systems, visit www.mhsinc.org.