Making Your Mark in the World!

MHA’s Rockland Success Team is proud to present our Annual “What’s Cool” Conference “Making Your Mark in the World!”

Each year we address the current concerns that girls are facing in terms of self-confidence, exploring tools for success, understanding parents, thinking about positive role models, and finding a purposeful future leading to happiness in life.

This program attracts 100 girls each year from Rockland County schools. All girls in grades 7 through 12 are welcome to attend and become more empowered!

This year’s event will take place at the Finkelstein Library, Fielding Room at 24 Chestnut Street in Spring Valley NY on Saturday April 6th, 2019 from 1:30 to 3 pm. Doors open at 1 pm and admission ends at 1:30 pm. We cannot admit younger siblings.

Each girl receives refreshments, a goody bag and 2 hours of community service credit for college applications.

If you have questions please call 845 267 2172 x324.

Mobile Outreach Team (MOT)

Welcome Susanne Rios!

MHA is excited to welcome Susanne Rios as the Team Leader of the Mobile Outreach Team!

Susanne is licensed in Family and Marriage Therapy and a Certified Daring Way Facilitator, which is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. The method was designed for work with individuals, couples, families, work teams, and organizational leaders. Susanne has been practicing since 2006 and just joined MHA after moving from Fairbanks, Alaska where she was a Military Family Life Counselor and Manager of Child and Family Life at a community mental health facility.  Susanne is an engaged mom of 3 children and is excited to be back working in the mental health field!

In 2016, MHA of Rockland was awarded an exclusive grant to work with people who had long-term inpatient psychiatric hospitalizations to regain a sense of independence through community integration, resource development and residential supports.

The Mobile Outreach Team (MOT) receives referrals from Rockland Psychiatric Center for individuals who are currently an inpatient but beginning their hospital discharge process.  We support individuals all the way from discharge planning to re-establishing community connections and to living independent and self-directed lives.  In general, MOT helps people live more independent and self-directed lives.


So what does that look like?


· Assisting in developing daily living skills—shopping, meal preparation, cleaning, personal hygiene, etc.

· Helping with learning public transit or other transportation needs

· Friendly companionship to reduce isolating tendencies

· Promoting social connections through day programs & community events

· Assisting with benefits management and other financial needs

· Providing additional medical and counseling supports

· Linking to extended services such as Care Management, Vocational Services or ongoing treatment programs


MOT is personalized to the needs and goals of each individual—allowing for unique and customized support.  To learn more about MOT, visit our website at

2018 Year in Review

By Stephanie Madison, President & CEO

As 2018 draws to a close, it’s important to reflect back and celebrate just a few of the many incredible accomplishments that we have achieved as an agency. It is truly our privilege to positively touch the lives of more than 5,000 community members a year, through more than 36 different programs and services designed to promote hope, offer help, and partner in healing. We could not be the agency we are today without our dedicated staff, committed Board Members, and wonderfully generous volunteers and donors. Please take time this holiday season to celebrate you, and all the ways in which you have supported MHA’s success in providing life-saving services. Below are just a few of our noteworthy accomplishments:

MHA won the 2018 Service Provider of the Year Award from the Rockland Economic Development Corporation
MHA opened the first integrated pharmacy in the Hudson Valley and the 3rd in NY State
MHA secured $705,000 in new funding through grants, contracts and fundraising
MHA was chosen to operate a gold star standard program for children known as Hi Fidelity Wrap Around
MHA was granted a new five year contract through Adult Career & Continuing Education Services to provide vocational services and supports to adults and young adults
MHA was chosen to operate a vocational program for youth known as Work Readiness Internship Development Experience (or WRIDE)
MHA, through CBHS, is now participating in a $2.6M Behavioral Health Care Collaborative grant, one of only two grant awards in the Hudson Valley region

From our MHA family to yours: we wish you peace, love, and prosperity in the coming year. May your days be filled with joy and contentment. Thank you for all you do and all you are on our journey as we connect people, educate families and rebuild lives.

Far From The Tree

MHA, in collaboration with The Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education, Jawonio and Rockland County Pride Center, is hosting a movie screening of Far From the Tree, a film which examines the experiences of families in which parents and children are profoundly different from one another in a variety of ways.


We invite you to join us on December 6 from 7:00-9:30 pm at Clarkstown High School South for a screening of this beautiful film based on the New York Times bestseller by Andrew Solomon.  There will be a Q & A with Director, Rachel Dretzin, following the screening.  This event is FREE and open to the public.


We hope you will join us on December 6th for the movie screening of this great film!  For more information about this event, contact Velvet Reda at extension 257.

Quality Improvement

MHA Welcomes a New Department

By Nicole Annunziata, Director of Quality Improvement


Quality Improvement is a brand new department that was introduced to the agency in May 2018, although not a new concept to MHA. Over the past seven months, we have been able to closely track quality measures across the agency and within each unique department. This allows each program director to receive data on his/her program outcomes to help inform changes that may be needed to enhance the services our members receive. Collaboration within the departments has increased with a refreshed focus on data and how it helps inform new and improved workflows.

Initiatives such as the foundational belief of Zero Suicide, Tobacco Cessation Programs, initiation and engagement of treatment and reducing emergency department visits are just a few of the common goals of MHA and our community partners. We have had the pleasure of participating in various workgroups in the county, such as the Rockland Community of Care, led by our partners at Montefiore Hudson Valley Collaborative. This has strengthened our relationships with other Rockland based community organizations, served as a platform for sharing best practices and allows the members of our community to gain additional access to resources.  Although Quality Improvement has a large focus on data and outcome measures, our common goal is still to ensure that the members of our community are receiving all services that are available to them and that any social determinant of health needs are met.

We are excited to welcome Nicole Annunziata as the Director of Quality Improvement!  Formerly, Nicole was the Director of MHA’s Adult Care Management Department.