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.

Summer time is about family fun, but vacations can be exhausting and stressful.  So we asked, "How do you relax on vacation?"

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Susan Claborn

Executive Director

"The beach is MY place. I set aside one evening for having pizza on the sand at sunset.  Those are some of my favorite moments."

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Summer Terry


"My vacations usually revolve around my son's baseball, but my real vacations are relaxing at the lake and reading."


Shannon Williams

Rape Response Advocacy Program Director

"My husband and I tend to be active on vacation: tours, sight-seeing, restaurants, and galleries. We are always on the go."

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Katie Gilliland

Alzheimer's Program Coordinator

"As a mom, vacations are not always relaxing.  But when I get the chance I like to sit by the pool or on the beach and read a good book."

MHA Board of Directors


Cindy Bracken

Vice President

Lorrianne Curtis-Sparkman


Miracle Osborne


Miriam Stover

Becky Bearden

Luke Bergeson

Mitzi Bragwell

Anita Clarke

Luke Etheredge

Demond Garth

Amy Gillott

Brenda Greene


Ryan Hawkins

Howard Martin

Parker Moore

Angie Morris

Anita Walden

Jennifer Wood

Non-voting member: Doug Shoemaker

Non-voting member: Betty Ogun