Experiences of mental illness vary across cultures. Improved cultural awareness and competence is needed in the behavioural and physical health care workforce.
Black Mental Health Alliance for Education and Consultation, Inc. is poised to provide leadership and a cadre of subject matter experts in this field.
The Black Mental Health Alliance for Education and Consultation, Inc. (BMHA) was founded on December 9, 1983 and received its Articles of Incorporation on January 1, 1984. BMHA is a private non-profit 501(C)3 organization which provides training, consultation, support groups, resource referral, public information, and educational resources regarding mental health and mental illness issues. The Guiding Principles of BMHA’s mental health programs, trainings, and consultations are “Concern for Others, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, and Empowerment.” BMHA has developed into a regionally well known and respected health and human services force whose track record is sound and the staff of which is frequently called upon with requests for its expertise.
The primary mission of the BMHA is to provide a forum and promote a holistic, culturally relevant approach to the development and maintenance of optimal mental health programs and services for African Americans and other people of color. Further, BMHA promotes appropriate mental health care, service delivery, provider networks, and theoretical understanding through culturally relevant approaches and models in education and consultation.
BMHA is governed by a Board of Directors whose primary responsibilities are to create organization policy, maintain active membership, attend monthly meetings, serve on at least one committee, provide personal financial contributions, develop fund-raisers, provide oversight of the finances of BMHA, attend public events, and serve as an advocate on behalf of BMHA. BMHA, is staffed by an Executive Director, Project Staff, Administrative and Clerical Support, and a host of interns and volunteers.
The current success and growth of BMHA is highly attributed to the devotion and commitment of six charismatic Executive Directors: Walter Wilson, Tony Fulton, J. Bobbie Frasier, Jr., Edgar Wiggins, Tracee Bryant –Hall and Jan A. Desper (1993-2000 and second term April 2013 to Present). Through their individual expertise, leadership, dedication, belief and vision, BMHA is a unique and well rounded organization. Contributions from these dynamic individuals include the introduction into direct service provision, local and statewide recognition, community based mental health service provision, and HIV/AIDS prevention initiatives.