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:


  • 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.)
  • HOMEBASE PROGRAM (Housing program for homeless individuals, unaccompanied youth and families with children who need intensive
    therapeutic services.)
  • HOMELESS OUTREACH PROGRAM (Provides access to behavioral healthcare, referrals to shelter and housing providers.)
  • BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, PSYCHIATRISTS and ASSERTIVE COMMUNITY TREATMENT (ACT) TEAM SERVICES (Provides intensive behavioral health care interventions and support services that are designed to assist individuals
  • with severe and persistent mental illness live independently in the community.)
  • YOUTH DROP-IN CENTER (Serves youth between the ages of 17-24 who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness by providing access to basic needs, behavioral healthcare, and referral to community partners for housing, medical, legal, education, and employment resources.)


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