Mental illnesses are more common in the United States than most people think and happen to people regardless or economic status, gender, age, race, or background. One in 17 Americans has a serious mental illness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, which also identifies these illnesses as the leading cause of disability in the United States. This means that in Minnesota’s 11-county Twin Cities metro area alone, there are more than 200,000 people living with mental illnesses.
Guild Incorporated exists to help individuals, 16 years and older, living with these illnesses, counter the devastating effects of poor physical health, chronic homelessness, high unemployment, extreme poverty and other health and social complexities that are often experienced; seeing strengths, creating options, and restoring health, all toward the goal of helping people lead quality lives. Guild celebrated 25 years of service to the community on April 18, 2015.
Services are successful when those served: live in safe, affordable housing and homelessness is prevented; maintain their optimal physical and mental health; find suitable employment or pursue education; have recreation and socializing opportunities; and, report a sense of satisfaction with their quality of life.
Because mental illness can affect every area of a person’s life, Guild focuses on an integrated model of care, treating the whole person, not just the mental illness. This whole health approach helps prevent hospitalizations and enhances the quality of life so individuals can live successfully in the community. Services are mobile, provided in the community when and where needed.
More than 2,200 individuals served across all programs and services in 2015.
699 new individuals and families (outside usual referral sources) responded to in one business day – a 9% increase over 2014.
92% of individuals at Maureen’s House for crisis stabilization discharged without high-cost hospitalization.
33% more individuals found jobs with help from Employment Services , an increase over 2014. Meet the team on page [TBD].
We’re progressing in our work to serve as a Behavioral Health Home (BHH), a model that provides comprehensive coordination of physical and behavioral health care. Learn more in the Year at a Glance section.
Fully utilize service capacity and achieve revenue targets established for operations; increase active monitoring of Annual Operating Plan to account for variance and quickly make adjustments as needed; meet Key Performance Indicators of effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction in each of the service areas; implement secure texting; increase internal reporting frequency of services effectiveness indicators from annual reporting to quarterly; hold minimum of two all-agency staff meetings for training as well as strengthening accountable culture and increasing understanding of change related to healthcare reform.
Community or Constituency Served
Guild Incorporated helps individuals with mental illness lead quality lives. We provide an array of recovery-focused, community treatment and rehabilitation services for individuals 16 and older who have serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar disorder. Within this population, we serve those who have long-term histories of homelessness, experience other social complexities like the lack of employment and poverty, and who often have legal barriers to finding and keeping stable housing. Many individuals also deal with substance abuse and chronic medical issues.