|Description of Agency||Mental Health Partnerships is an advocacy, service and education association founded in 1951 to help improve the lives of people with mental illnesses. Its president, Joseph A. Rogers, is nationally recognized as a leader in the "consumer" movement of people with mental illnesses. This growing movement is made up of people who want to protect their civil rights, particularly when decisions are being made about their treatment, and to make sure they have a voice at the local, state and national levels when issues that concern them are being discussed.
It is the mission of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania to develop, maintain, and promote innovative education and advocacy programs and mental health services in the five counties we represent in a culturally competent manner, serving as a role model and technical assistance resource for state and national organizations and constituencies.
MHASP employs more than 250 people, many of whom are consumers of mental health services. It has been actively involved in providing community-based support programs and services for people with mental illnesses since 1984 and today operates more than 30 such programs in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties.