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MHA Launches First-Ever National Peer Specialist Certification


March 03, 2017

After years of development, Mental Health America (MHA) is proud to announce the creation of the MHA National Certified Peer Specialist (NCPS) credential. This groundbreaking national advanced certification lets peers…

Mental Health Minnesota Affiliates with MHA


March 03, 2017

Mental Health America (MHA) is pleased to announce that Mental Health Minnesota—the state’s first mental health advocacy and education organization—has formally affiliated with MHA.

Based in St. Paul, Mental Health Minnesota’s mission is to enhance mental health, promote individual empowerment, and increase access to treatment and services for persons with mental illness. Mental Health Minnesota raises awareness of mental health issues and offer programs and resources to individuals,…

Singer, Broadway Actress Michelle Williams To Speak at MHA 2017 Annual Conference in Washington, DC


March 03, 2017

Mental Health America, the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans, is pleased to announce that Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter, Broadway actress, inspirational speaker, and entrepreneur Michelle Williams is confirmed as a speaker for our 2017 Annual…

Statement from Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO on the passage of the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act


December 12, 2016

"Today, MHA and mental health advocates around the nation are celebrating the passage of the most comprehensive mental health systems reform legislation in more than fifty years.  We applaud the bipartisan action of the Congress, the support of the President, and the commitment of our elected officials to improving mental health services and supports in our nation.

"For too long, our behavioral health policy has been mired in post-crisis, deep-end, stage four thinking.  We…

MHA Statement on the Election of Donald Trump, Future Agenda for Mental Health


November 11, 2016

Statement by Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO, Mental Health America

“Last night, Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. New members of the Senate and House were chosen to join him and their colleagues in Washington. And many dedicated individuals were elected to…

MHA Statement on Federal Parity Task Force Final Report


October 10, 2016

By: Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO, MHA



“Mental Health America would like to thank the Obama Administration for convening the Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Parity Task Force and for releasing this important report. MHA is…