Our Approach

Support, Educate & Advocate.  It isn't just our tag line, it is our mission.

MHA is dedicated to support families experiencing mental health issues, educate our community about mental health concerns, and advocate for mental health awareness.

Our Story began in 1956.

The Mental Health Association in Morgan County was formally organized in Decatur on February 20, 1956 culminating the efforts of a small group of citizens to provide support for local mental health programs.  W.T. Dye presided at the initial meeting.  Probate Judge T.C. Almon was elected president; Miss Frances Nungester, vice president; and Mr. Dye, secretary-treasurer.

Over the last 50+ years the Mental Health Association has developed many programs and services related to the mission of promoting mental health, preventing mental illness, and advocating for the improved care and treatment of the mentally ill.  Our history includes many different grants and fundraisers that support our partnerships with other agencies to provide the education and support of mental health issues necessary to improve the quality of lives within our community.

Alone we can do so little; but together we can do so much.

--Helen Keller

Our Story

Meet Our Team

We all have our own stories on why we work at MHA and what brought us here. The common thread is a servant heart and a passion for supporting, educating and advocating for better mental health.

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Katie Gilliland

Executive Director

"There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind. " - Mister Rogers

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Danielle Thompson

Program Director

"The struggle you're in today is developing

the strength you need tomorrow "

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Karley Bishop

REACT Education Coordinator

“In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take”

MHA Board of Directors


Lorrianne Curtis

Vice President

Miriam Stover


Heather Lawson


Angie Morris

Luke Bergeson

Mitzi Bragwell

Anita Clarke

David Duncan

Lindsey Fish


Lorrianne Curtis-Sparkman

Payton Madewell

Kim Powell

Anita Walden

Janice Vest

Tricia Moats

Parker Moore

Betty Ogun

Jill Palmby

Tammy Gaull-Gatza

Jaimie Naylor

Non-voting member: Doug Shoemaker

Non-voting member: Harold Martin

Non-voting member: Cindy Bracken