Patient Parenting Class Starts March 7th

On Monday evening, March 7th, 2016 the Mental Health Association of Rockland County, Inc., will begin a 6-week Patient Parenting class to enhance parenting skills and techniques. The Course will be held on Thursday evenings at the MHA Center at 140 Route 303, Valley Cottage, NY 10989. Class dates are March 7, 14, 21 and April 4, 11, 18, 2016. Hours are 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Patient Parenting is a practical, skill-based parenting program that can be applied to every family. The program’s logical strategies and easy-to-learn techniques address issues of communication, discipline, decision making, relationships, self-control and school success.

Continuing to learn new skills and strategies is a fundamental part of good parenting. The proactive skills and techniques taught in Patient Parenting classes have helped parents from diverse backgrounds create healthy family relationships that foster safety and well-being at home, in school and in the community.

The course is taught by a licensed child/adolescent psychologist with over 30 years experience in the field, and over 15 years in conducting parent training programs to enhance parenting skills.

Patient Parenting classes are free; space is limited. To register please contact Madlen Setian (845) 267-2172, ext. 281 or Kathy Abramson at ext. 278.

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Mental Health Association of Rockland Awarded a $10k Grant from Sterling National Bank for Discovering Tomorrow Program

Wednesday, February 17, 2016


Valley Cottage – The Mental Health Association of Rockland County’s President and CEO,

Stephanie Madison, has received a $10k check from the Sterling National Bank Charitable Foundation to sustain the Discovering Tomorrow program, which serves youth ranging from 5-18 years of age. Discovering Tomorrow is an important component of the work MHA does with youth and the service it offers is recognized by the NYS Office of Mental Health as a critical tool to engage, connect and motivate young people who struggle with emotional disturbances, who are isolated and need help envisioning a hopeful future.

“Sterling National Bank has made it possible for us to continue to engage youth in talking about and realizing their hopes and dreams by connecting them to needed services and creating a team to support that child”.

MHA’s Case Managers in this program serve children who have serious emotional disturbances that impair their ability to function at home and/or school. The program is provided at no charge to the participants, so their inability to pay is never an impediment to receiving help. Discovering Tomorrow Case Managers are often the only consistent support to a child, as their behavioral difficulties typically cause considerable conflict in their relationships. Short-term, the goal is to help children and their families connect to services that will strengthen their participation in school, family relationships and social connections. Once these relationships are strengthened, the long-term goal is to reduce conflict and prevent hospitalization and out-of-home placement.

As per the NYS Coalition for Children’s Mental Health Services, an estimated 20% of youth receiving treatment for emotional or behavioral problems have either contemplated or attempted suicide. In addition, studies have shown that continuing in school through and beyond high school is strongly linked to longer life expectancies and increased lifetime earnings. “MHA serves over 100 youth per year across Rockland County and Sterling National Bank has allowed us to sustain an important program that benefits children and their families in the Rockland Community”.



For more information contact Velvet Reda (845) 267-2172,

MHA is the proud recipient of Rockland Business Association’s 2016 Pinnacle Award!

MHA is the proud recipient of Rockland Business Association’s 2016 Pinnacle Award for Non-Profit of the Year, exhibiting excellence in service to the Rockland Community! Members of the Rockland Business Association nominated MHA for this esteemed honor based on our accomplishments and efforts.  MHA has a 65 year history of providing outstanding services to more than 50,000 Rockland County residents since its inception in 1951.  We are grateful for the support of the Rockland community and will continue to provide exemplary service as we carry out our mission of Connecting People, Educating Families and Rebuilding Lives.