Mental Health America of Kentucky

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Health & Medicine
  • People with Disabilities


1588 Leestown RdSte 130 #279Lexington, KY 40511 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

To improve the accessibility and quality of mental health and substance use services through advocacy with local, state and federal policy-makers, education of the public, and promotion of research-based practices among providers. We pursue our mission: Supported by a culturally and geographically diverse board of directors; following research into the prevention and treatment of mental illness; partnering with other mental health organizations, and through affiliation with the national association, Mental Health America.


Mental Health America of Kentucky, formerly the Kentucky Mental Health Association, was founded in 1951 to promote mental health, prevent mental illnesses, and improve the care and treatment of persons with a mental illness. Its founding members and early supporters included Dr. Spafford Ackerly, Dr. William Keller, Barry Bingham, Sr., Dr. Arthur Kasey, Dr. Frank Gaines, Dr. Harold McPheeters, and Cornelia Serpell. The association was instrumental in the creation of Kentucky's community mental health services system and laws preserving the rights of people involuntarily hospitalized for a mental illness.

MHA-Kentucky serves to advance
  • wellness and mental health
  • effective evidence-based treatment for mental illnesses
  • respect for people with psychiatric disabilities
  • supports for hope and recovery


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