What is Mental Illness?

Mental illness is a physical illness of the brain that can affect an individual’s ability to lead a satisfying life. Mental illness often results in substantially diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life:  often causing severe disturbances in thinking, feeling, and relating. It can affect: people of any age, children, adolescents, adults and the elderly.

I don’t have mental illness in my family, why should I be concerned?

Guild Incorporated’s services help contain the rising costs of health care, a concern of everyone. All of our services are geared toward helping people in the community whenever safely possible. Alternatives to hospitalization are cost effective to the community. For example, the average daily cost at a Psychiatric Hospitalization in Private Sector is $3,218.00.  The average cost for a daily stay at our short term crisis service, Maureen’s House, is $320.00 and $145.60 for our Community Treatment Services.   See the Guild Incorporated Talking Points for more information and sources for these cost comparisons.

How are Guild’s services developed?

People with mental illness have special strengths, interests, aspirations and abilities–the development of which is the key to recovery. Our programs are tailored specifically to the needs and wants of each individual served. As needs, priorities, and preferences change among our consumers, so do our program services. Not only does this help to assure the services we provide are desirable to our various customers, but it also helps to assure that our services are effective and consistent with leading practices in the field.

What does it mean to be “accredited”?

Guild Incorporated has made a commitment to continually enhance the quality of our services and programs, and our focus is on consumer satisfaction. In April 2012, Guild Incorporated was awarded a renewal of the CARF Three-Year Accreditation  for Assertive Community Treatment, Case Management, Crisis Stabilization, Intensive Residential Treatment Services, Mental Health Rehabilitation, Supported Living, and Community Employment Services: Job Development and Job Supports.  CARF is a private, not-for-profit organization that promotes quality rehabilitation services. The Three-Year Accreditation outcome represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows Guild’s conformance to the standards established by CARF. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation outcome has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality as well as measurable and accountable.

How do the services of Guild Incorporated help prevent hospitalization?

In 2016, Guild Incorporated served more than 3,400 individuals.  Our Crisis Stabilization Services offer immediate alternatives to hospitalization for individuals experiencing a psychiatric or other crisis.  Individuals participating in this service engage in voluntary plans to improve and manage their situation. Permanent housing with appropriate services help reduce the risk that individuals will require other, more high-cost resources, including long-term hospitalization at a regional treatment center or state hospital.  Continuity of supportive relationships is one of the core values on which the earliest of community support systems were founded. We look forward to the increasing integration of psychiatric rehabilitation with health care in order to meet the needs of all those in our communities who cope with the most disabling of mental illnesses.

For more information about how to access the programs of Guild Incorporated, contact us at info@guildincorporated.org or by phone at 651-291-0067.


Free language assistance and interpreter services are available.

Guild Incorporated complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

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