Guiding Principles

Strategic Directions Poster

Safety is central to a person’s physical, mental and emotional well-being.

DMH fosters safe environments for individuals and staff by modeling and encouraging safe and healthy behaviors and practices.


Every person has value and should be respected.

DMH upholds personal dignity and allows for individual choice and control whenever safely possible.


Evidence-based practices are key to success.

DMH adopts evidence-based or emerging best practices across all programs.


Data and performance will drive decisions.

DMH collects, analyzes, shares and uses data to inform decisions, policies, programs and practices.