About Mental Health Client Action Network
Mental Health Client Action Network (MHCAN) is a nonprofit peer-run, clean and sober mental health community center that provides mutual support and networking and serves people diagnosed with mental health issues, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression. As a peer-run nonprofit, MHCAN says, “Everyone who works for MHCAN, including the Executive Director, has been diagnosed with a major Mental Health Diagnosis or as some people say, a "Serious Mental Illness" or SMI. We are gifted that way; there are things we learn from different states of being which can guide us and help us to guide others along similar pathways of difference.”
MHCAN’s misson is, “dedicated to providing mutual support and networking, to having a voice in all matters which affect us, to creating programs controlled by peers, to advocating for the rights to choose our own life paths, to educating the public from our own perspective, and to working to eradicate treatment disparities and confronting discrimination.”
MHCAN offers many programs to their members, including arts classes, recovery exercise workshops, peer groups, and check-in meetings for members. MHCAN also provides breakfast for members multiple times per week, shower opportunities for members, and free weekly food delivery to members in need.
Going Solar with RE-volv
Mental Health Client Action Network went solar with RE-volv through an 18 kW solar system that will save MHCAN $106,000 in electricity savings over the course of the solar system. With these solar savings, MHCAN can invest their savings back into their mission and serving their members, such as providing additional free food delivery for their members along with more classes and group check-ins.
MHCAN was able to go solar with RE-volv for $0 down and are able to save more than 20% per month on their electricity bills. As MHCAN pays back RE-volv for the cost of the solar system overtime, their solar lease payments will be put into RE-volv’s Solar Seed Fund, a revolving fund for solar used to bring solar to more community-serving nonprofits throughout the country.