Sullivan elected to statewide post

ELLENVILLE William C. Sullivan, Executive Director of the Mental Health Association in Essex County (MHA), was recently elected as Co-President of the New York Association for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS). A longtime advocate of rights and effective services in the mental health community, Sullivan was honored at a recent meeting of the NYAPRS Board in Ellenville. In speaking with supporters after the meeting, Sullivan said that he would like to see many of the positive aspects of mental health services, currently happening in Essex County, replicated statewide. He mentioned the Crisis Alternatives Program, managed by MHA, as one that gives people opportunities to talk to others who have experienced emotional and mental health upheaval. By having the chance to relate to those who have been in similar circumstances, hospitalizations are reduced, and crises are often lessened or averted, thus people can stay with families in their own communities. The programs telephone service, the Hopeline, can be reached by dialing 1-800-440-8074, 24-hours per day. As Director of MHA, which has its main office in Westport, Sullivan promotes a close working relationship with those served by MHA, and also with various county and private, non-profit organizations throughout Essex County. He is a former Treasurer of the North Country Behavioral Healthcare Network (NCBHN), headquartered in Saranac Lake. Sullivan follows in the footsteps of longtime MHA Program Director, Bob Horne, who sat as President of the NYAPRS Board in the 1980s and received its lifetime achievement award in 1993. Kellie Trombley, a life-long resident of Ticonderoga and the Self-Help Facilitator at Mental Health Association in Essex County, will retain her chair on the NYAPRS Board of Directors, representing the North Country. Mental Health Association in Essex County, Inc., advocates for mental health services, and provides support to people in the areas of assisted competitive employment, supported housing, case management, and community activities for those who are considered to have mental health or emotional challenges. Anyone interested in obtaining more information about services, career opportunities, or volunteer opportunities are urged to contact MHA at 518-962-2077, or 800-440-8074, at its Westport headquarters.

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