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Mental Health Association executive director to retire

Stuart News - 6/18/2018

Dr. Robert J. Brugnoli, executive director of the Mental Health Association in Indian River County, will retire at the end of 2018.

"I'm really happy with what we have been able to build at the MHA," said Brugnoli. "I'm proud that we have become a leader in providing quality mental health services to those at risk regardless of their ability to pay."

Association Board Chair Dr. Karen Mersky said Brugnoli has left an incredible legacy in the local mental health community.

"Dr. Bob has worked tirelessly to identify and meet both the emerging and unmet needs of our community. He has done so with an eye for fiscal responsibility and has worked passionately to develop clear policies and procedures to ensure the MHA's ongoing success," Mersky said. "He has also continually sought opportunities to deliver the MHA'S message that 'It's OK To Get Help.'"

The board plans to have a new executive director in place before Brugnoli's retirement.

Board Vice Chair Ross Cotherman is leading a search committee that has a clear plan to find the organization's next leader. Brugnoli will remain at the nonprofit organization during the transition process.

The Mental Health Association in Indian River County Walk-In & Counseling Center at 820 37th Place in Vero Beach. The center offers individuals experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition, free mental health screening, crisis intervention services, and information and/or referral about how to address mental health issues. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Psychotherapy, group therapy, case management, and psychiatry services also are available for clients seeking ongoing mental health services on an appointment basis at the center. For more information, call 772-569-9788.

 
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