Pictured above: (left-right) Optimist Treasurer Lou Bonomo welcomed Margie Anshutz, Chief Development Officer of Hamilton Center and President/CEO of the Hamilton Center Foundation and Andy Smith Regional Director of Hamilton Center, who spoke at the Club’s Thursday meeting.

The Clinton Breakfast Optimist Club heard guest speakers Margie Anshutz and Andy Smith of Hamilton Center at their Thursday meeting.  Margie Anshutz is the Chief Development Officer of Hamilton Center and President/CEO of the Hamilton Center Foundation; Andy Smith is the Regional Director of Hamilton Center in Vermillion, Parke, Sullivan and Greene counties.

Margie provided some mental health facts –

  • 6 million people have mental health disorders
  • 2 million children have emotional disorders
  • 7 million adults have substance abuse issues
  • Less than half of adults with mental illness report receiving treatment
  • Persons with mental illness die 25 years sooner than their counterparts

Hamilton Center is a regional behavioral health system serving central and west central Indiana.  The organization is “building hope and changing lives” through a broad array of behavioral health services for adults, children, adolescents and families. Hamilton Center serves about 13,000 clients a year as a whole and about 550 clients in Vermillion County.  Hamilton Center employs about five hundred thirty staff statewide with thirty-one coming from Vermillion County.

Hamilton Center reaches many clients through outpatient services.  They serve over 13,000 clients statewide and about 550 outpatient clients in Vermillion County per year.  Most of the services are to help individuals in the community  acquire the skills they need to live independently.  About one-third of this population is children.  The focus with children is to provide wrap-around services to help keep the children in a family environment.

Hamilton Center Foundation became a focus about 10 years ago when management developed a plan to diversify revenue.  Most of funding is from Medicaid and with changes on the horizon; there was a need to look long term for financial stability.  Hamilton Center has been good at getting grants but the grants are very prescriptive.  They also needed to look at funding for core programs to ensure the work with people with serious mental illness would continue.

It took 2 years to get 501C3 status but the foundation now has non-profit designation and have been going out into the communities and providing education about Hamilton Center and mental illness.  One of the big educational priorities for Hamilton Center is to combat the stigma of mental illness.  One in five people will be affected by mental illness so it’s better to talk about it and get it out there so it loses the stigma.

Andy Smith spoke of the three main priorities in his area:

  • Working with DCS to provide support for families
  • Working with the elementary schools very closely to integrate schools into the community so services are seamless. They will be going into middle and high schools soon to start integration at that level
  • Working with Vermillion county jail with a program titled Recovery Works. They have a grant to provide services within the jail 90 days prior to release and continue after release.  Sixteen counties in the state were funded for this pilot program

Pictured (seated): Margie Anshutz, Hamilton Center Foundation President/Hamilton Center Chief Development Officer, and Sam Albrecht, Program Manager of Hamilton Center’s Rockville and Clinton locations, visit with members of Clinton’s Chamber of Commerce.

 

It has been one year since we made the formal announcement about the formation of Hamilton Center Foundation Inc. and we have much to be proud.  Our community has embraced the initiative, and we are working to continue to educate and spread the word about how critical it is that we ensure a strong mental health/addiction service system in central and west central Indiana – forever.

A few highlights from the last fiscal year include:

  • The development of a speaker’s bureau/video to educate the community and break down stigma issues
  • Gifted first $50,000 to Hamilton Center to fund critical consumer needs
  • Held our first fundraising event, Be the Change, hosted by Cindy Martin

In addition, we have secured a matching fund program through the end of the year. Donations made by December 31, 2016 will be matched by the Hux Family Charitable Trust.  We are grateful for the generosity and support of Cindy Hux Martin for this commitment.  There is no better time like the present to make a gift to the Foundation.

Mental health and addiction services are in greater demand than ever before.  Last year, Hamilton Center served over 12,000 children, adolescents, adults and families in central and west central Indiana.  Many of those served are our community’s most vulnerable citizens. Ensuring a strong mental health system is vital to the quality of life of those who live and work in this community.

As we embark on this holiday season, we ask for your serious consideration in making a gift to Hamilton Center Foundation now or through a planned gift. There is no better way of celebrating our blessings than providing help, hope and light to those in need. Please help us Light the Way.

 

Over 170 people attended an event called “Be the Change” hosted by Cindy Martin to benefit Hamilton Center Foundation Inc.

The event was held at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and celebrated Cindy’s journey healing from anxiety and depression. Highlighted were activities that played an important role in her recovery: yoga, crossfit, prayer and meditation. Participants could enjoy a fitness class lead by sisters Kelsey Terry and Molly Pabst, owners of Common Ground crossfit and yoga studio and Cindy’s daughters. Also featured was a docent lead tour of the Shrine of Mother Theodore Guerin and a short talk from Dr. Jennifer Hutchins, a clinical psychologist and Manager of Hamilton Center’s Vigo County Adult programs. She stated that 19 million people suffer from depression and that exercise and movement can play a role in recovery.

“Hamilton Center Foundation is so grateful for Cindy’s courage to speak out, vision of recovery for those suffering from mental illnesses and philanthropic example,” said Margie Anshutz, President of Hamilton Center Foundation. “We all need to work together to eradicate the stigma associated with mental health problems and encourage people to seek help when needed.” she said.

The Hux Family Charitable Trust will be matching money raised at this event as well as throughout the rest of 2016.

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December 21, 2015 – The Hamilton Center Foundation Board of Directors presented $50,000 to the Hamilton Center Board of Directors at a breakfast reception. The distribution represents the first grant to Hamilton Center since the organization’s inception.  The money will be used for critical and/or emergent needs of Hamilton Center clients where no other funding can be obtained.

Included in Hamilton Center’s mission is to assist consumers in living fully and integrating in the community which goes well beyond traditional mental health services,” said Melvin L. Burks, CEO of Hamilton Center Inc.  “It is not uncommon for a client to need help with expenses for setting up his/her apartment, transportation to appointments and other critical items and services to insure he/she is successful in living in the community,” he said.

In addition to therapy, Hamilton Center provides a large volume of case management and other services designed to help consumers develop the skills they need to live as independently as they can in their homes.

The distribution of funds was met with anticipation and excitement as it was the culmination of many years of work to get the Foundation up and running.  The Foundation Board began meeting in 2011.  The organization’s tax exempt status was received January 2014 but made retroactive to 2012.

“Many people have worked very hard to make this organization a reality,” said Margie Anshutz, the Foundation’s President/CEO.  “In addition to many others, the Hamilton Center Board of Directors championed this initiative to give it the seed money and kick start it needed,” she said.

The mission of the Foundation is to strengthen the community by providing consistent and lasting support to Hamilton Center, as it provides the highest quality behavioral healthcare and wellness services in Indiana.

“It is our vision that in the future, the Foundation can provide significant resources to fund services at Hamilton Center”, said Bob Rhodes, Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.  “This is only the beginning of what we can do once people understand how important the organization is to this community,” he said.

The tag line for the Foundation and theme for this year is Light the Way which signifies the community’s role in providing help, hope and light to people struggling with mental illnesses and addiction disorders. 

Hamilton Center, Inc. is a regional behavioral health system in central and west central Indiana.  The organization provides mental health, addiction and employment services to 13,000 consumers a year in a 10 county area. For further information or to contribute to the Foundation click the donate button below or call (812) 231-8416.

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Kim Faulds, Hero Award nominee is congratulated by Kevin Moore, the Director of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction for the State of Indiana

 

 

Kimberly is a Hamilton Center (HCI) consumer whose success story has been openly shared by her in many settings.  Even before her court-appointed addiction therapy concluded, Kimberly was the only member in her group to raise her hand when asked about staying sober, based on the startling statistic that only one in 12 will succeed.  The challenge was presented, and she became determined to beat the odds.

At five months sobriety, having completed all of the court’s requirements, a spark was ignited for Kimberly during her exit interview when her counselor gave her an ‘excellent’ prognosis and invited her to return in seven months to share her story with others in the outpatient groups.

Grateful for the opportunity to have a tangible goal, Kimberly stated, “Just the fact that someone believed in me made me want to succeed.”

“I started to look at sobriety as something more than just getting out of trouble.  I started to see it as having real, lasting purpose.” She said.

Sure enough, Kimberly returned to the group at one year of sobriety with the incredible feeling of accomplishment. She shared her story for the first time.

At over three years of sobriety today, she has lost count of how many times she has spoken of her journey.  The opportunities presented include a variety of venues:  Hamilton Center’s addiction groups in both Vigo and Clay counties; to Indiana State University Psychology Department doctorate students; Hamilton Center Foundation board members; and most recently, she was featured in a video developed by the Hamilton Center Foundation. The video was debuted on October 27, 2015 to over 500 people at the Hamilton Center annual awards banquet that included the pubic launch of the Foundation. The video can be viewed at www.hamiltoncenterfoundation.org under the tab, Lives Changed.

She is actively involved in the HCI Trauma Informed Care (TIC) Consumer Committee in Vigo County and has served as chairperson.  Through this organization, Kim advocates for consumer driven care and promotes TIC both at HCI and in the surrounding community. Kim openly shares her story as a behavioral health consumer and thoughtfully discusses the concepts of what hurts and what helps within the mental health system.  Her courage, input and participation has been instrumental as HCI has transformed into a trauma-informed and client centered organization.  Kim provides a voice for consumers and promotes consumer driven care in her community combating stigma and helping consumers understand that they are not alone in their struggles.

In addition, Kim has twice participated in a creative writing contest sponsored by HCI depicting her feelings of stigma and Lighting the Way for others.  She provides information to local organizations about HCI, TIC and her recovery.  She is active in membership and sponsorship in her local recovery community.  Her outreach has extended beyond these structured organizations to friends and family members who know they will get honest answers to their questions, as well as a profound sense of caring from her.

“My sobriety is the most important thing in my life.  There is my faith, my family and my career; but I would not have any of those things without my sobriety.  I know this from experience,” she relates with a grateful, sincere heart.

“The paradox, ‘in order to keep it, you have to give it away’ is true.  I think that verbalizing my experiences, and then hearing the words in my own ears, is the best reminder of where I have been, what happened, and where I am now.  I try to set realistic goals to avoid discouragement, and I try to keep my expectations of others to a minimum.” She said.

What’s next for Kimberly?  Her latest goal is to write a book.  “It will potentially be 365 short, inspirational stories based on truths I have acquired on my journey to a better life, designed for daily consumption.”  She intends to self-publish the book and had no expectation or goal of make money from it.  “I have found self-expression to be profoundly instrumental in the healing process.  My practices of secrecy, deception and self-doubt are long gone.  Today, I am free to be me.”

 

As we embark on this holiday season, Hamilton Center and Hamilton Center Foundation are reminded of the blessings of the last year.

The recent launch of Hamilton Center Foundation Inc. was the culmination of a great deal of work by so many people  – including both our former and current CEO, the Hamilton Center Board of Directors who provided the “foundation” and seed money, and the committed Foundation Board whose vision will carry the work forward.

The Foundation’s Mission is to strengthen the community by providing consistent and lasting support to Hamilton Center, as it provides the highest quality behavioral healthcare and wellness services in Indiana.  It is our vision this important organization will provide significant resources to fund critical programs and services that are essential to the health of our community.

Mental health and addiction services are in greater demand than ever before.  Hamilton Center served over 12,000 children, adolescents, adults and families in central and west central Indiana in 2014/2015 fiscal year. Many of those served are our community’s most vulnerable citizens. Assuring and insuring a strong mental health system is vital to the quality of life of those who live and work in this community.

As we celebrate the season and approach the end of 2015, we ask for your serious consideration in making a gift to Hamilton Center Foundation now or through a planned gift.