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The Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) and charitable foundation. It evolved in response to the need in Montego Bay for a service that would provide assistance to the homeless mentally ill once they had been treated and stabilized in a hospital setting.
Without this second stage of treatment, the benefits of initial care through hospitalization would quickly be lost with the client relapsing and reverting back to the habits of street life. Beginning as a pilot project (a one-staff one-volunteer street-program in 1991) it developed into a Day Rehabilitation Center and Night Shelter which has to date served approximately 1200 persons of which 450 have completed the rehabilitation program and been placed back into the community-many gaining full or part-time employment.
The site for CUMI was chosen near the town center, where most of the homeless population congregates (the project managers must have access to those who need services, and those in need must have access to centrally located agencies). The mission is to reach out and advocate for the homeless mentally ill of Montego Bay (St. James) and within the limits of resources available, attempt to improve their level of physical and mental health as well as their basic quality of life.