A Mission of Healing for All
Hamm Clinic’s mission is to provide high quality, culturally responsive outpatient mental health care, with a focus on serving individuals unable to access or pay for services. We also offer expert training and education for mental health professionals, while leading the way toward more effective, evaluation-driven care throughout our community.
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.
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).