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IRA Stevens Conference

on Fri, 05/01/2015 - 17:53

Thank you to our speakers and all - almost 400 people - who attended MHA's 35th Annual Ira S. Stevens Conference.

Conference photos and presentations are posted on our conference site.


Leah Harris, MA, Director of Consumer Affairs National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) 

David Woodlock, MS, President/CEO, Institute for Community Living


Joan King, RN, MSN, CS, Senior Integrated Health Consultant, The National Council for Behavioral Health


New Advocates for Foster Care Children Sworn In

on Tue, 06/30/2015 - 23:58

8 new Court Appointed Special Advocates, (CASA) were sworn in by Judge Susan M. Capeci at the White Plains Family Court on June 18, 2015. Congratulations and thank you for your advocacy on behalf of the vulnerable children in our community.

Top: Christy Lang (staff), Romina Levy, Dawn Sempere, Jackie Boissonnault (staff), Randi Menchel
Middle: Desiree King, Toni Guida, Oliver Martell, Nicky Hider, Wendy Leason
Bottom: Benita Marks (staff)

Read more about our CASA Program


The Mental Health Association of Westchester County SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers # 0097.

Early Interventions in Psychosis

Join us for an in-depth examination of early onset psychosis - what it is, how it manifests behaviorally and cognitively, and how to diagnose it.  Learn about multi-faceted psychological interventions that may be used independently or in conjunction with other treatments based on evidenced-based practices and current literature.

Planned Respite at MHA

on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 01:24

We are thrilled to announce the opening of our much-anticipated planned respite program. What is planned respite? In a nutshell, planned respite is a short-term intervention strategy for adults who have a mental health diagnosis and who are experiencing an escalation of symptoms that cannot be managed in the person’s home and in the community without increased supports.

The service is voluntary and temporary, and is provided by trained staff in the participant’s place of residence or at an alternate authorized temporary housing arrangement.

For more information, click here or call Maria Diaz, Planned Respite Program Coordinator, at 914-564-3749.


Charlotte Ostman Joins MHA as Chief Strategy Officer

on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 01:19

We are delighted to welcome Charlotte Ostman to MHA. After earning her B.S. at Cornell and her MSW at NYU, Charlotte worked with a wide variety of populations and health care systems throughout the Hudson Valley.  Charlotte has managed a large FQHC and most recently, developed a small health clinic into a significant community health care center.

About this new challenge, Charlotte commented: “I’m excited about the transformation to new models of care - away from institutionalization and toward providing individualized services for people in crisis.”

Charlotte brings her strong project management skills to MHA, as we begin to execute large strategic initiatives related to DSRIP, Health Homes, HARPs and the move to Managed Care.