Mental Health Association/MHA-Project Together Mentor Program OverviewFunded by the Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63) and contracted through the County of Orange Health Care Agency, whom is responsible for program oversight, the Mental Health Association of Orange County-Project Together (MHA-PT) program was created to provide mentor services exclusively to clients and families being served by the County of Orange Health Care Agency-Children and Youth Services (HCA-CYS) and its contract programs.
Currently MHA-PT provides mentor services to school aged HCA-CYS clients ages 5-15, transitional-age youth 16-25, and the parents or care providers of any youth being served through HCA-CYS.
The matching process begins when the youth's therapist determines that a mentor will assist in their clients overall treatment plan and goal. Therapists may request mentors by completing a form that provides information about the child and also about the type of mentor they would like matched with the client, i.e., cultural similarities, age, gender, etc.
An MHA-PT mentor is a volunteer that is trained to serve as a non-clinical member of the child's treatment team and helps to facilitate the therapeutic process by providing consistent and non-judgmental support to the client and his/her family. Mentors serve as a positive role models; assist the child to develop an improved sense of self; help to promote appropriate social skills, and work to enrich the child's life through involvement and participation in recreational, educational and cultural activities within the community.
By adopting the "whatever it takes" approach, MHA-PT believes that children and youth that are matched with a mentor may experience:
To insure the success of the mentor-mentee relationship it is important that a partnership is formed between the mentor, the clinician and the parent/care giver whose collective goal will be to assist the child.
Mentor Eligibility Requirements
Mentors are supported throughout their commitment by the MHA-Project Together Mentor Coordinator and the client's therapist.
We strive to make the mentor-mentee experience rewarding for the child and the mentor.
If you have further questions please contact our offices at (714) 836-0355
Mental Health Association/MHA-Project Together Mentor Program OverviewFunded by the Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63) and contracted through the County of Orange Health Care Agency, whom is responsible for program oversight…