The Mental Health Association in Ulster County, Inc. (MHA) was chartered as a not-for-profit organization in 1959 by a group of physicians and concerned citizens in order to develop a coordinated citizens' movement to promote mental health and to work toward the improved care and treatment of persons with mental illness. The Association is a United Way Agency, a Contract Agency of the Ulster County Community Services Board, Ulster County Department of Social Services, and an affiliate of the National and New York State Mental Health Associations.
To achieve its mission, the MHA sponsors a variety of educational, advocacy and service programs, including mental health education, rehabilitation, residential services, family and youth support services, and therapeutic foster care.
The MHA is one of the 340 chapters affiliated with the National Mental Health Association and the Mental Health Association in New York State.
Funding for programs and services is provided by the counties of Ulster, Delaware, Chenango, Otsego, and Broome Mental Health Services. Additional funding is provided by the Ulster County Youth Bureau, the New York State Office of Mental Health, Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, Ulster County Department of Social Services, United Way, VESID, individual contributions and membership.
The Mental Health Association in Ulster County, Inc. views its role as an advocate to focus community attention on problems related to mental health and to initiate needed services for children and families , and services for adults . To learn more about this not-for-profit organization and about how you can become a member, click here.
MHA offers a broad spectrum of adult psychiatric rehabilitative services. Based out of the Clifford Beers Center of Aaron Court in Kingston these programs include Adult Intensive and Supportive Case Management, the ACT Team, Wellness Services, and Wellness Resource Coordination to name a few.
MHA children services include a wide range of programs for children with severe emotional disorders and their parents and caregivers. These include Home and Community based Waiver Services, Therapeutic Foster Care, Intensive and Supportive Case Management, Respite Services, an assortment of Parenting Support Groups and Parent Advocates.
MHA has been the leading advocate in this region for those dealing with mental illness for over 50 years. The Education and Advocacy Department takes the lead role in coordination with the state and national MHAs on grassroots advocacy to policymakers. The Education and Advocacy Department runs and facilitates many support and skill building groups at the Clifford Beers Center in Kingston and throughout the community.