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.