A Mission of Healing for All
Hamm Clinic’s mission is to promote mental health with culturally responsive, relational care for adults, especially for those facing financial barriers.
- Hamm Clinic will be the agency of choice in integrative mental health care with a dynamic, collaborative, and research-based model of care. Mental health care is a basic human right and we will increase access by reducing financial barriers for our clients.
- Hamm Clinic will strive to be culturally responsive and anti-oppressive. Our clients and communities will know us to be dedicated to these values and practices. We will share what we learn, while being visible and accountable to our community and ourselves.
- Hamm Clinic recognizes the importance of reciprocal and collaborative relationships with our clients, partnering to create healing together. We will join with our clients to identify and address unmet community needs through advocacy and program development.
- Hamm Clinic will foster a community of professional colleagues locally and nationally by training culturally-responsive, anti-oppressive, and trauma-responsive providers. Hamm Clinic will lead this effort with innovative training and research that reflects best practice.
- Hamm Clinic will create an intentional organizational culture in which board and staff members can thrive, with the goal of creating an optimal care environment for our clients. We acknowledge the impact of trauma and mental health concerns on our clients and staff and will invest in creating an environment where everyone feels seen, heard, and valued.
Our Core Values
Our team of compassionate mental health experts are guided by these core values:
- Person-Centered – We prioritize the needs of each client and serve with intention, commitment, and genuine regard.
- Integrity – We are accountable for all that we do, and work to be fair, fiscally responsible, and transparent.
- Anti-Oppression – We promote equity for our clients and communities in order to meet diverse needs for access and care. We engage in practice that actively challenges injustice and critically examines power and privilege.
- Learning – We believe in the human potential for growth for our clients, trainees, and staff. We see training as both community engagement and advocacy.
- Collaboration – We strive to engage with multi-disciplinary colleagues, other service providers, and the community at large, promoting best practice and quality services.
A Legacy of Innovation
Our founder, Margaret Hamm Kelley, was ahead of her time. A social worker and granddaughter of renowned St. Paul leader Theodore Hamm, she recognized that mental illness was a serious problem … especially for those unable to afford care.
In 1954, Margaret established Hamm Clinic. She gathered a team of clinical social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists to provide integrated mental health care to individuals who could not pay for treatment. She also fought against the stigma of mental illness. Her motto was:
Comprehensive mental health care
is a basic human right that should be
accessible to everyone.
Margaret’s approach to treatment was collaborative and empathic. Her innovations are the foundation of our current Healing Together™ Model of Care (PDF). Our Hamm Clinic team is grateful to her as we build on her vision.
Hamm Clinic’s Strategic Plan 2020-2023
As we look into the future of Hamm Clinic, we are excited about meeting our mission in new and innovative ways. In a collaborative process with Hamm’s staff and board, we identified three strategic priorities to continue to build on the clinic’s legacy. Hamm’s Strategic Plan 2020-2023 (PDF).
Our Three Pillars for 2020-2023 include:
A. Expand and Disseminate Hamm’s Healing Together Model of Care.
- Enhance community relationships and sustainable partnerships through community training, presentations, and referrals.
- Re-establish strong research tradition, conduct clinical outcome research through lens of our Model of Care, and disseminate findings through academic and community-based networks.
- Develop a branding and marketing strategy for visibility both nationally and locally.
- Integrate model into training program and establish Hamm Clinic as a nationally sought-after Training Institute, with emphasis on APA Psychology Internship and Social Work and Psychology Fellowship positions.
- Increase Hamm’s national presence in the community based mental health and social service sector through presenting innovative theory, research, and practice knowledge at national conferences.
B. Determine target scope of client services and funding consistent with Hamm Clinic’s mission and values.
- Define ideal revenue and payer mix, including revenue dedicated to ensuring access to care for those unable to afford it.
- Determine long term ideal organization size, scope of service delivery, and physical site matrix.
- Define development program reach and goals for increasing donor engagement.
- Gather feedback through client questionnaires and a stakeholder analysis process to better position Hamm Clinic to achieve its mission.
- Ensure organizational stability through the challenging and unpredictable environment brought
C. Establish through collective reflection and action anti-oppressive and culturally responsive practices at all levels of the organization.
- Develop and refine culturally responsive programming by holding client and community stakeholder focus groups to determine best use of agency resources, rewrite services to integrate anti-oppressive practice approaches, and ensure all client services and consultations actively integrate a cultural lens.
- Promote staff, trainee, and board internalization of cultural responsiveness and its relevance both individually and collectively through assessment, training, dialogue, and self-reflection.
- Expand Hamm’s plan for equitable hiring and selection practices including recruitment, onboarding, retention, job and organizational culture satisfaction for staff, trainees, and board members.
- Identify strategic opportunities to share what we have learned with the community mental health field and, where relevant, the broader community.