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Mind & Memory Program at Mission Hospital Named 2019 Program of the Year

The Mind and Memory Program (MMP), a collaboration between Mission Hospital and Alzheimer’s Family Center, was named 2019 Program of the Year by the Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare (AABH) at its national conference in August.

Located on the campus of Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, the MMP was selected from among 200 behavioral health programs in the country for this honor. The award is given annually to one or more programs demonstrating outstanding advocacy for PHP/IOPs, innovation in programming, and/or excellence in patient outcomes.

The Mind & Memory Program at Mission, which opened in early 2018, is the first and only Intensive Outpatient Program in the nation dedicated to helping patients with both a memory impairment and a mental health issue such as depression, PSTD, and bipolar disorder. Mind & Memory Program has helped over 204 patients since its inception in 2018 and is currently at full capacity.

Program nominees must be members of AABH for the fiscal year in which the award is given and must be TJC or CARF accredited and in good standing with all regulatory bodies. The AABH Board Membership Committee evaluated submissions and supporting materials, and made recommendations to the Board of Directors, which chose the winner based on all criteria. 

“We are humbled to receive such a prestigious award,” stated Joanna Richardson-Jones, Chief Executive Officer at Alzheimer’s Family Center and creator of the program. “We are honored that our collaboration with Mission Hospital has been acknowledged by AABH as a unique program that is helping so many individuals in our community.”

To learn more about the Mind & Memory Program, please call (949) 364-4203 or visit:

Alzheimer’s Family Center
Alzheimer’s Family Center (AFC) is Orange County’s only adult day health care facility dedicated exclusively to caring for dementia patients. AFC has a 40-year history of improving the quality of life of families challenged by memory loss, such as Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. Patients benefit through customized programming tailored to the needs of each individual, from the earliest to the most advanced stages of dementia. Families find respite from the demands of caregiving, and the assurance that their loved one is receiving expert memory care, delivered with dignity and respect.

 Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare

For over 50 years, The Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare (AABH) has provided education, advocacy and support for Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient programs across the United States.

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