The Mental Health Association of Rochester/Monroe County Inc. provides support to people in emotional distress, helping them to make informed decisions on the path to mental wellness. Because more than one-fifth of the population may deal with problems such as anxiety or depression during their lifetimes, the association's services are designed for the general public as well as for people with particular needs.
The agency's resource directories include "Finding Your Way," a guide to mental health services in Monroe and Livingston counties, and "The Support Directory," which lists more than 200 support groups. Both are online and searchable. The Therapist Referral Service connects people to therapists in private practice who accept new clients. "Stepping Out: A Guide to Activities in the Greater Rochester Area" offers information about affordable entertainment to encourage people with mental illnesses to expand their social activities. The Vangellow Family Resource Center, a library on mental wellness, is open to the public.
Educational and support services provide practical information and workshops for the community on mental wellness topics. Personal support services for those with psychiatric disorders help them increase self-sufficiency and maintain physical and mental wellness.
MHA's Creative Wellness Coalition uses the arts to help people recover from mental illness. Activities include a weekly support group and classes in the visual arts, music, writing, dance and other arts. The artists display their work in Rochester's First Friday exhibits and an annual show. Complementary therapies, including reiki, yoga, meditation and qi gong, are available.
The New Directions Recovery Center is a peer-run center that encourages individuals to take an active role in their recovery. Programs are developed by attendees.
The Family Support Services program provides information, support and respite services for families raising children with emotional or behavioral challenges. Support group and other meetings are offered at various times and places, and respite for and transportation to meetings is available. Other services include telephone support, school advocacy and family development classes.
The Self-Help Drop-in Center at 539 South Ave. provides peer-to-peer support and community resource information from 5 to 9 p.m., seven days a week. In addition, the Warm Line takes calls each evening at 454-3530.
The Mental Health Association, one of 31 affiliates of the Mental Health Association in New York State Inc., also offers services in Livingston and Wyoming counties. The organization has 58 employees, and Patricia Woods is president and CEO. The office is at 320 N. Goodman St., and the website is www.mharochester.org.
Financial record Year ending Dec. 31, 2011
Monroe County Office of Mental Health $1,426,689 64
Other government funding 451,640 20
Program service income 167,453 7
United Way of Greater Rochester 105,263 5
Fundraising and contributions 76,829 3
Other 12,796 1
Total revenue $2,240,670 100
Salaries and related expenses $1,431,799 63
Occupancy 207,180 9
Contract service fees 74,658 3
Supplies 66,111 3
Participant meetings 64,535 3
Telephone, utilities 62,658 3
Travel 60,306 3
Volunteer stipends 42,151 2
Meetings and conferences 26,689 1
Professional fees 26,221 1
Other 206,993 9
Total expenses $2,269,301 100
Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses ($28,631)
Board of Directors
Gregory Soehner, chairman; president and CEO, East House Corp.
Jack Carr, chairman-elect; partner, Bailey, Carr CPAs P.C.
Kevin Best, treasurer; president, Best Times Financial Planning Inc.
Joanne Dermady, secretary; director, Strong Employee Assistance Program, University of Rochester
Only board officers are listed because of space limitations. The board has 19 additional members.
-Researched by James Leunk
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