About Us

MIRCI was founded inĀ 1960 as a social rehabilitation program offering activities that help the recovering person obtain self-confidence, become better adjusted, and live independently within the community. Over the years, the programs of MIRCI have expanded to include:

  • Friendship Center (provides professionally designed social rehabilitation programs)
  • REPRESENTATIVE PAYEE PROGRAM (Financial management for individuals in need of assistance in managing social security disability benefits.)
  • SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PROGRAM (Permanent housing program for individuals with mental illness, with on-site supportive and clinical services.)
  • BENEFITS ASSISTANCE (Provides assistance to individuals in applying for and maintaining disability benefits.)
  • SHELTER PLUS CARE PROGRAM (Housing program for homeless individuals and families who need intensive therapeutic services.)
  • HOMELESS OUTREACH PROGRAM (Provides access to behavioral healthcare and entry into Shelter Plus Care and SHP Homeless Housing Programs)
  • BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, PSYCHIATRISTS and ACT TEAM SERVICES

 

The Recovery Model

The Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc. specializes in the recovery process. When a mental illness disrupts someone’s life, he or she will require medical, psychiatric and rehabilitative treatment. They will also need to recover from the disruptions and losses caused by the illness. MIRCI provides opportunities for many aspects of this recovery process within its program services.
  • Learning about one’s particular mental illness: the proper diagnosis and the symptoms
  • Working regularly to reduce personal stress
  • Starting at one’s present level and learning how to overcome the debilitating effects of the illness
  • Participating in activities regularly with other people
  • Resisting the desire to withdraw from society
  • Taking medications as prescribed and communicating regularly with health care professionals
  • Knowing what energizes and pleases, and taking initiative to assure more of this in one’s life
  • Nurturing the desire to accomplish
  • Working at current levels of ability and striving to increase abilities and skills
  • Taking an interest in and helping others
  • Developing and maintaining friendships and acquaintances
  • Becoming specialists in monitoring one’s health and in getting timely assistance
  • Training and educating oneself in one or more of the following areas may be part of the recovery process – relaxation, social skills, assertiveness, conflict resolution, self-care skills and exercise/recreation/games