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.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

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Susan Claborn

Executive Director

"I'm torn.  I'd love to learn to snow ski, I can't and I really want too.  But I'd also like to learn a foreign language(s) and travel the world."



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Summer Blankenship


"Probably to play instrument, piano, & use in church with worship team. "


Summer Cross

REACT Program Coordinator

"Definitely play a musical instrument."





Karley Bishop

CARES Program Coordinator

"I would want to learn how to become a good videographer and photographer so that I can catch important memories for all kinds of people!"

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Katie Gilliland

Program Coordinator, Alzheimer's & Thumbody


"Learn different languages so I could communicate with more people fluently."



Kayla Nantz

Program Educator / Assistant

"I'm very interested in technology and art. I'd love to learn animation and other 3D processes to create characters, movies, or video games."

MHA Board of Directors


Cindy Bracken

Vice President

Miriam Stover


Angie Morris


Jaimie Naylor

Luke Bergeson

Mitzi Bragwell

Anita Clarke

David Duncan

Luke Etheredge

Demond Garth

Amy Gillott

Howard Martin

Tricia Moats

Parker Moore

Betty Ogun

Jill Palmby

Kim Powell

Anita Walden

Non-voting member: Doug Shoemaker

Non-voting member: Lorrianne Curtis-Sparkman