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Transforming our community through proven programs that educate, empower, and strengthen the way families function for life.

Mental Health America of Lake County (MHALC) and Early Learning Partnership (ELP) Unite to Serve More Families Together

After decades of serving Lake County, IN, families as two separate entities, Mental Health America of Lake County (MHALC) and Early Learning Partnership (ELP) have become one, with ELP becoming a division within Mental Health America of Lake County. This strategic alliance unites two like-minded organizations focused on strengthening families through empowerment and education.

This alliance strengthens MHALC’s standing as the largest home visiting and parent education provider in the county. As one unified organization, Mental Health America of Lake County (MHALC) will provide services through two core divisions: (1) Health & WellBeing, which is comprised of MHALC programs to empower families through prevention and education; and (2) Early Learning Partnership, which includes both MHALC and ELP programs that will continue to inspire, educate, and support parents as their child's first and most important teachers.

With like-minded goals, MHALC will provide synergies between all programs offered under the umbrella of MHALC, including many well-known programs in the community: Healthy Families, Empowering Teens as Parents (ETAP), Parents as Teachers (PAT), Ready to Soar, Infant Safe Sleep, Baby & Me Tobacco Free, Parent’s Village and I’m Thumbody Special. The new alliance strengthens both entities’ ability to increase the depth and scope of services, reduce duplicative efforts and create greater administrative efficiencies.

Under the new agreement, all ELP staff members have been retained as employees of Mental Health America of Lake County, creating a continuum of service and employment. Adding to its leadership team, former ELP Executive Director Kimberly Smith will now serve as Vice President, Operations of MHALC. Smith served as Executive Director of ELP for 17 years and is a certified Parents as Teachers National Center Training Facilitator and an Adjunct Professor for the School of Social Work program at IUN. Kim has been named a NWI Women of Merit and is a Leaders as Heroes award winner. To read the full press release, click here.


Empowering Families through Prevention and Education

Mental Health America of Lake County is a nonprofit agency providing a range of services to families and children designed to prevent crises and enhance family functioning. The many programs of MHA are based in prevention and result in empowerment of individuals served.

Our organization stands as one of the premier prevention agencies in Lake County providing evidence-based, culturally-appropriate home-, center-, and school-based parent education services for families. We are grounded in a strength-based philosophy that believes all individuals have strengths and resources for their own empowerment.

Mental Health America of Lake County also provides advocacy, education, information, and referral services to all families, related to mental well-being. We are a proud supporter of #B4stage4 campaign which calls attention to the importance addressing mental health symptoms early.


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What People are Saying

“She asks me questions to help work through some difficult decisions. She never tells me what I should do, but asks questions that cause me to think things out. This is really helpful when I’m struggling with what to do.”

– Healthy Families Client Survey, 2014

“I love the program. It helps me better myself as a mother. I am so glad to have gotten the chance to be in this program.”

– Empowering Teens as Parents Client Survey, 2015

“It is amazing to watch how much my child develops over the time with Parents as Teacher. The program has taught me different and more effective ways to help my child learn.”

– Parents as Teachers Client Survey, 2015

“Even as a pediatric RN, I have learned a lot and my child has grown and benefited as a result, too.”

– Parents as Teachers Client Survey, 2015

“I have more confidence in choosing the right activities for my children to help them learn and grow.”

– Parents as Teachers Client Survey, 2015

“I love this program and my support specialist is awesome! She gives me advice for my kids and life and she is very helpful. I feel very comfortable talking to her.”

– Healthy Families Client Survey, 2013