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CARF International announced that Northeastern Center, Inc. has been accredited for a period of three years for its Crisis Intervention, Inpatient, Crisis Stabilization, Community Housing, Community Integration, Outpatient Therapy Child, Adolescent, & Adult, Child & Adolescent Case management, Adult Case management, Supported Employment and Transitional Employment programs.

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.

Northeastern Center, Inc. is a nonprofit organization with offices in Noble, DeKalb, LaGrange, and Steuben Counties. It has been providing Community Mental Health Services in Northeast Indiana since 1977.

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at

WNIT TV – Education Counts – Addressing Mental Health

Between academics and other school activities, it can be easy to miss the signs a student may be having trouble addressing emotional and mental issues. Mental health is an area only explored typically in the most traumatic of situations but should be handled more often. We take a look at how Lakeland Schools in LaGrange address the importance of a student’s mental well-being.

Northeastern Center LaGrange County staff, Nicole Johnson-Smith, Area Director, and Haley Anglin, Intake Therapist, address the struggles of mental health issues in children and adolescents.

Masks for All

The New Hope Clubhouse was fortunate enough to have cloth masks donated in April 2020. While it was closed to members due to COVID-19, Clubhouse staff members, Andrea Brand and Lynn Bunnell, mailed one of the masks to 100 members as an encouragement to wear a mask. It was becoming necessary to wear a mask when in any public location.

When Clubhouse re-opened slowly in the middle of May, it was policy for everyone to wear a mask. Clubhouse staff realized that one wasn’t enough, as many of the members had not worn them prior or struggled with how to wear them correctly. With awareness of new COVID-19 guidelines, we were able to locate a Cricut mask pattern that covered the nose and mouth more efficiently.   Lynn Chupp, a Clubhouse staff member, took the design and decided to try to make a few at home to see how well this pattern would work. She made a few and found that they were not only needed but very much wanted by staff and members. Lynn Chupp found different ways to adapt this pattern to fit different facial shapes and personal preferences.

As mask production increased for her, Lynn found different resources for the material needed to make the masks, including garage sales and thrift stores. Donations and hunting down deals, has helped to lower the cost for supplies. Members have played a big part in obtaining fabric, for example, Randy McDonald, a Clubhouse member, donated fabric that he had at home. Lynn was particular in the type of material used and only accepted material that was 100% cotton.

When Clubhouse recognized her for her donation of time and energy, Lynn Chupp shared with the Clubhouse staff and members that she has experienced first-hand the importance of following the COVID-19 guidelines. (Please see photo wear Lynn is wearing one of the masks she made.) Lynn has been quarantined twice, and on both occasions, thankfully, did not test positive. Lynn’s father-in-law passed away from COVID-19 in April, her husband tested positive in May and was very ill as well as both her elderly parents, all who have recovered.

Lynn Chupp shared, “I initially found making masks to be my coping skill to handle the stressors and allow me to do something positive in a negative situation. It is such a mission now that my thoughts continue, ‘If I can prevent one person from getting sick, it is well worth all the time spent. I do not want anyone to suffer the struggles and worry that my family has.’” She also shared that she is hoping that people see the time, concern, and caring that she puts into every mask as an example of the importance of following the guidelines for not only our safety but for the protection of others.

Lynn has made over 200 masks for the Clubhouse Thrift Store, where they sell like hotcakes. They are on sale for only $1.00 each, so members can afford them and can have more than one. The goal is to promote wearing a clean mask every day. In one day alone on August 10, 2020, Lynn brought in 58 masks she had made over the weekend, and 38 sold in 3 hours! Any profit made from the Thrift Store is donated to the member’s social fund.

When you walk down the street or shop in the four counties of Northeast Indiana, you may see someone wearing a cute mask made by Lynn Chupp.

New Hope Clubhouse is a voluntary program that provides the support adults need to regain confidence and self-esteem.

The Clubhouse provides opportunities for the enhancement of social skills, to develop relationships, and to break the cycle of social isolation that is so common among adults with mental illness.

The ultimate goal of the Clubhouse is to help people get real jobs in the community.

Northeastern Center Participating in Adventure Noble County

Adventure Noble Count is an interactive experience that inspires families with children to visit various locations throughout Noble County, Indiana by providing a “scavenger hunt” featuring our resident fairy, gnome, and troll homes to inspire imagination and teach participants about the culture and heritage of our beautiful communities.