In 2000, InteCare began piloting a mental health program in local (Marion County) neighborhood community centers. The program is funded through the Division of Mental Health and Addictions (DMHA). The program partners with Mental Health Centers in Marion County to place a Mental Health Therapist in a neighborhood community center to provide quality mental health services. Over the years, this program has grown and expanded to provide many services to individuals and families in need of mental health services.

The Neighborhood Based Program provides services to individuals who would not generally tend to seek out “traditional” mental health services due to stigma attached to “mental health” as well as individuals who do not have the resources to afford traditional mental health services. The program currently provides individual, groups, couples, family, and some case management services to those in need. The program currently provides services at La Plaza and Hawthorne Centers in Marion County.

We are very pleased to announce that the program is now expanding its services into Lake County, and will begin a pilot of the Neighborhood Based Program in early spring 2011! We will be partnering with Regional Mental Health Center and the United Neighborhood Organizations (Roberto Clemente Center).

For more information on this program, or to find out how to make referrals to the program, please contact NaKaisha Tolbert-Banks, Program Manager at or by phone at 317.472.7395.