Mission of the Mary A. Rackham Institute (MARI)
A primary mission of the Mary A. Rackham Institute (MARI) is to serve the University of Michigan and surrounding region with evaluation and intervention programs of the highest quality to assist individuals, couples and families with mental health/behavioral health concerns and with difficulties related to language, literacy, and communication. A second primary mission is to provide excellent educational opportunities and training programs for graduate and postgraduate students in these areas, including training in the delivery of clinical services and in the integration of science and practice. The MARI also strives to provide community education and outreach services in these areas.
MARI is comprised of three units:
University Center for Language and Literacy (UCLL) offers intensive language and literacy evaluations and intervention services for children, youth, young adults, and adults
University Center for Child and Family (UCCF) provides mental health services to children, couples, and families
U-M Psychological Clinic provides mental health services to adults over 18 years of age
The Institute for Human Adjustment (MARI) has a long history at the University of Michigan, dating back to 1935 when Mary Rackham funded a $1,000,000 endowment for an Institute that would provide social and rehabilitative services to individuals from the University and surrounding communities. The Speech Clinic (now the University Center for Language and Literacy) had already been established when it joined the MARI in 1936-37. The Psychological Clinic was founded in 1938 as part of the MARI. The University Center for Child and Family evolved from a prior counseling unit to become part of the Institute in 1987. These are the Institute’s current centers. However, since its establishment more than 75 years ago, MARI has been home to many other centers including: the Reading and Learning Skills Center, the University of Michigan Autism and Communication Center (UMACC), the Fresh Air Camp, the Sociological Research Unit, the Bureau of Psychological Services, and the Division of Gerontology.