Focus on the Future

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Mt. Zion Convention Center

Focus on the Future is the Macon County Mental Health Board’s needs identification event. The process is designed to identify and detail the unmet needs in Macon County related to three major disability groups—Mental Health/Mental Illness, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Use.

Focus on the Future is part of the Mental Health Board’s triennial planning process.  The result is the publication of a report containing lists of prioritized unmet needs and the estimated cost of meeting those needs.  In addition to its use for the Board, many social service organizations have used this information to bring much needed grant dollars into our communities.


9:30 a.m.          Registration
10:00 a.m.        Unmet Needs Presentation
11:45 a.m.        Lunch
1:00 p.m.          Guest Speaker – Kevin Hines

Unmet Needs Survey

The Macon County Mental Health Board has revised its process for Focus on the Future.

This year, a survey will be utilized to collect responses regarding unmet needs related to three major disability groups—Mental Health/Mental Illness, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Use. Responses from the survey will be used to compile the Unmet Needs Document that will provide a comprehensive overview of the unmet mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance use service needs in Macon County. Results from the survey will be presented at the Focus on the Future event.

The survey is now closed.

Guest Speaker – Kevin Hines

The Macon County Mental Health Board is thrilled to announce this year’s guest speaker as Kevin Hines.

Kevin Hines leapt off the Golden Gate Bridge in September 2000, a method of suicide attempt that has resulted in death for most of the 2,000 people who have made that jump since the bridge was erected in 1937. But Kevin survived. He survived, and in the 16 years since his nearly fatal try, Kevin has become the bridge between the many mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, children, spouses, friends, and loved ones who made a similar act, each doing what they did to put an end to unimaginable suffering—and those left behind wondering, why? What could we have done to help?

Even further, Kevin, in sharing his story, is fostering a critical bridge of hope between life and death for people caught in the pain of living with serious mental illness, difficult life circumstances, and more.

His refreshing honesty, realism, advocacy, and appreciation of the complex conditions that contribute to mental illness is a much-needed guiding light through the darkness of societal stigma and discrimination. Kevin is one of only thirty-six (less than 1%) to survive the fall and he is the only Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor who is actively spreading the message of living mentally healthy around the globe. Kevin believes in the power of the human spirit and in the fact that you can find the ability to live mentally well.


Individuals can register for the full-length event or the guest speaker portion. Seating is limited, and early registration is recommended. There is no cost to attend. This event will be open to the public.

To register, please click here.