MMennonite Health Services (MHS) Alliance is a not-for-profit organization that supports Mennonite and other Anabaptist faith-grounded health and human service providers in their leadership and strategic direction. We work to expand the capacity of our members, and to help them refine and enhance organizational performance in relationship to their values. To meet these goals, we provide resources and values-based consulting services to members and other not-for-profit, faith-grounded organizations.
We trace our roots to the 1940s, following the World War II service of conscientious objectors assigned to state mental hospitals. There, they saw conditions that shocked them.
When they returned to their communities after the war, these Mennonites, Church of the Brethren and Quakers shared their concerns and discussed constructive ideas for change. This led to the establishment of five Mennonite mental health centers and the creation of Mennonite Mental Health Services, a division of Mennonite Central Committee.
The initiative of these conscientious objectors eventually altered American attitudes and practices regarding mental health.
Mennonites also developed retirement centers, acute care hospitals and agencies serving youth and those with developmental disabilities, beginning in the late 1800?s. In 1988, the mission of Mennonite Mental Health Services broadened to include all health and human service providers affiliated with our relating denominations.