The Mental Health Association in Putnam County (MHA in Putnam) was founded and incorporated in 1993 by a group of concerned citizens including mental health service recipients, their family members and mental health service providers. They identified unmet service needs in the community and worked to develop peer run services and family support services for the Putnam Community, well ahead of the peer support movement.
MHA in Putnam has grown and evolved, now providing peer support not only for the mental health community, but also for youth, Veterans, law enforcement, first responders, and their family members.
MHA in Putnam was initially funded through reinvestment dollars- monies that were redirected from closures of long-term psychiatric hospitals. Law makers and community members finally recognizing that recovery is possible…not only an expectation, but a right. Please read about the history of the MHA bell which is an important part of our organizational history, both nationally and locally. “Cast from shackles which bound them, this bell shall ring out hope for the mentally ill and victory over mental illness.”
Over the years, MHA has expanded its funding to include the NYS Office of Mental Health, Putnam County, the Suicide Prevention Center of NY, the Dyson Foundation and the Community Foundation of Hudson Valley. In addition, we are fortunate to receive contributions from a growing list of individuals and businesses who recognize and support our unique and valuable work.
MHA has a dedicated group of volunteers who serve on the MHA Board of Directors. The MHA Board meets bi-monthly to support the growth and stability of the agency.
MHA continues to grow and be responsive to the changing needs of our community, providing over 6,000 service visits annually including outreach, support and community education. We continue to be a leader in mental health advocacy.