CGSmith-IMG_1835-webCreated in Memory of Dr. Christina G. Smith

Christina G. Smith Community Mental Health Foundation was created in memory of Dr. Christina G. Smith, a physician lost prematurely due to a tragedy. Dr. Smith’s vision for the treatment of those with mental illness is the guiding force of C.G. Smith.

Dr. Smith was born in the United States but spent her early childhood years in India where her father was a missionary. She began her career as a psychiatrist working in a state mental health facility where she was dedicated to her patients. After she relocated to South Florida, she focused on the grass roots treatments that were the driving force for her work in this field. She was passionate about her work and spurred that same passion in everyone she worked with, both other professionals and her clients.

Dr. Smith was committed to the health and wellness of all the clients she treated. She was also a teacher, helping both her clients and her treatment team to better understand mental illness and the ability to heal through a holistic approach involving all aspects of care. In addition, Dr. Smith was committed to life-long learning, seeking to understand and learn from the clients she treated as well as the diverse experiences she found working as part of collaborative treatment teams.

Dr. Smith shared with those around her the values needed to approach all people with the empathy and understanding to promote acceptance. She believed in the full potential of all human beings, and it is with these qualities that C.G. Smith strives to meet its mission.

Our Guiding Principles

C.G. Smith seeks to operate in concert with the following values, principles and shared beliefs.

  • Continuous Improvement: C.G. Smith believes in the importance of continuously assessing its performance and seeking opportunities to enhance its operations and outcomes. It is our belief that the best sources for ideas to enhance organizational performance and innovation come from C.G. Smith customers and employees.
  • Person Centeredness: All services and organizational operations are designed to be person-centered, easily accessible, and delivered in a culturally competent manner. At all times persons served must be treated with dignity and respect and their views, insights, and suggestions sought out and responded to.
  • Empowerment: We believe it is vital that C.G. Smith clients have a right to determine the nature and course of any service provided. Services are designed in a way that capitalizes upon and increases the strengths, capacities and competencies of the individuals and families served rather than to focus on the repair or control of limitations.
  • Fiscal Responsibility: C.G. Smith values fiscal responsibility and believes in maintaining sensitivity to how financial and other resources are consumed. We believe it is important to use resources in a prudent, efficient, and responsible manner.
  • Inclusion: Each citizen is a part of the community’s mosaic whether through work, school, residency, or leisure pursuits. C.G. Smith strives for its clients to be integrated (present in the community) and have full inclusion (accepted and valued) within the community.
  • Information-Driven Decision Making: While doing the right thing needs to be guided by good intent, objective information must also be part of the decision-making equation. Accordingly, C.G. Smith believes in the importance of guiding operations based on the objective analysis of accurate, timely and accessible information.
  • Leadership: C.G. Smith will play a leading role in the community by identifying needs and developing and delivering quality mental health services and specialty programs that enhance the spectrum of services available in Broward County.
  • Outcome-focused Performance: C.G. Smith believes its services and products must meet the expectations of persons served and be based on defined standards of effectiveness, productivity, and quality.

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