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Rep. Brian Ashe Visits MHA, Discusses Impact of Programs

SPRINGFIELD — The Division of Developmental Services at MHA Inc. (Mental Health Assoc.) recently hosted state Rep. Brian Ashe for a tour and conversation with staff emphasizing the impact of MHA’s programming in support of individuals challenged by intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“We are grateful for Representative Ashe’s willingness to spend so much of his day visiting with and learning more about MHA,” said Kimberley Lee, MHA’s vice president of Resource Development and Branding. “Having the opportunity to inform community stakeholders of the breadth and scope of our work is critical in our efforts to educate the broader community about our work and how that work changes the lives of those we serve, and, in turn, improves the lives of those who call our community home. What MHA does truly matters.”

Founded in 1960, MHA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization providing residential and support services for people impacted by mental illness, developmental disabilities, substance use, and homelessness resulting from mental-health issues throughout the Hampden County region. The organization serves 600 people each year ages 17 to 90 through residential and support services that promote independence, community engagement, wellness, and recovery for people with disabilities and other vulnerable individuals. MHA operates 24 residential site programs, with an array of housing options and supportive services to encourage the greatest level of independence in the least restrictive setting, ranging from 24-hour staffed programs to independent living.

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