About Us

Contact Us

For more information about Mental Health America of Tippecanoe, please call or email.

Office Telephone Number 765.742.1800

Staff Directory

Karla Courtney x 103 Director of Education and Marketing

Jennifer Flora x 107 Chief Executive Officer

Nadia Kidiwa Assistant - Crisis Intervention Services

Brenda Melville x 108 Administrative Assistant

Amy Thayer x 105 Financial Director

Olanda Torres x 120 Assistant - Crisis Intervention Services

Tenecia Waddell 110 Director - Crisis Intervention Services

Erin Walter x 106 Director of Community Services

Board of Trustees


  • Linda Rohrman
    Chairperson & Volunteer Director of Development
  • Kevin Umlauf, C.P.A.
    Vice Chairperson
  • Anita McGaughey
    Secretary
  • Cheryl Altinkemer
  • Donald Clayton, M.D.
  • Zoe Frantz
  • Carolyn Gery
  • Marty Green, LCSW, LCAC
  • Barry Loftus
  • Rebecca Peters, LMHC
  • Erin Phillips
  • Bernie Seaman

Directions and Map

All MHA facilities are located in downtown Lafayette.
We occupy a one half block area bordered by Columbia Street, South Street, and 10th Street. Our supportive housing apartments front Columbia Street. Our Community Building fronts South Street. Parking is available in front of the Community Building on the Northwest corner of the intersection of 10th and South Streets.


What is MHA?

Mental Health America

National Mental Health America Bell of Hope

Mental Health America of Tippecanoe County, Inc. is one of the 340 affiliates of National Mental Health America working to improve the mental health of all Americans, especially the 54 million people with mental disorders, through advocacy, education, research and service.

Mental Health Americas (MHAs) bring together mental health consumers, parents, advocates and service providers for collaboration and action.

MHAs provide public mental health educational programs, information and referrals, support groups, rehabilitation services, socialization and housing services to those confronting mental health challenges and their loved ones. Many affiliates also provide advocacy services for parents and children with serious emotional disturbances, mentoring relationships for adults recovering from mental illnesses, and professional education to those working in the mental health field.

Affiliates strive to influence public policy at the local, state, and national level to ensure fair and effective treatment to the millions of Americans experiencing mental health challenges.

Mental Health America of Tippecanoe County, Inc. was founded in 1950 and is our community's largest and oldest not-for-profit organization dedicated to eradicating the stigma of mental illness and advocating for the rights of those facing mental health challenges.

Mental Health America of Tippecanoe County, Inc. provides mental health educational programs and supportive services.

Mental Health America of Tippecanoe County, Inc. is an affiliate of the national Mental Health America and has been a United Way Agency since 1956.

Affiliations and Links

Affiliations

Links

If you are in a crisis please call
1-765-742-0244 (MHA Crisis Center)
1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433 )
1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

History of MHA

Mental Health America of Tippecanoe County History

During the 1940s, community leaders and individuals with family members experiencing mental illness began meeting and discussing community mental health needs.

In January, 1950, Circuit Court Judge W. Lynn Parkinson, County Welfare Department Director Juliet Snyder, and Chamber of Commerce President W. G. Neibert, Jr. officially requested that a Tippecanoe County Mental Hygiene Society be formed. In February of that year the Tippecanoe County Mental Hygiene Society, today known as the Mental Health America of Tippecanoe County, was formed as an affiliate of the national and state Mental Hygiene Societies. Rabbi Einhorn served as our first President.

Since 1950, our organization has continued to expand to meet the mental health needs of our community. A few highlights include:

  • 1953 - MHA's "Christmas Gift Lift" program began, serving adults with serious mental illness. This program continues today and is now known as our "Holiday Gift Lift."
  • 1956 - The MHA became a "Partner Agency of the United Fund" in Tippecanoe County. Today, United Way of Greater Lafayette continues to support the MHA services.
  • 1981 - The William Potter family donated the Potter House and three adjacent lots to the MHA. The Potter House, constructed in 1855 and on the National Registry of Historic Places, is today used for our Supportive Housing program. Our MHA Community Building was also constructed on two of these lots.
  • 1986 - The MHA began serving individuals experiencing homelessness in our MHA Day Shelter.
  • 2002 - The MHA became independently incorporated and began operating as the Mental Health Association in Tippecanoe County, Inc.
  • 2004 - North Central Health Services granted funding to the MHA for construction of the Mental Health Association Community Building.
  • 2005 - The Joey A. Seaman Memorial Mental Health Library opened to the community.
  • 2006 -The National Mental Health Association changed their name to Mental Health America. As an affiliate, we changed our name to Mental Health America of Tippecanoe County, Inc.
  • 2013 - MHA became certified to provide the Mental Health First Aid USA and Youth Mental Health First Aid courses.
  • 2014 - Mental Health America of Tippecanoe County, Inc. (MHA) and the Lafayette Crisis Center Foundation (LCC) legally merged on September 2, 2014, with MHA being the lead agency. All of LCC’s programs (with the exception of 2-1-1 services) began being provided by the MHA. These programs include:
    • 24-7 Crisis Lines
    • Community Services Directory
    • Rape Survivors Advocacy Series
    • Survivors of Suicide Support Group
    • Women Who've Been There Support Group

Lafayette Crisis Center Foundation, Inc. History

The crisis intervention phone service began at Purdue University when a group of Counseling and Clinical Psychology graduate students recognized the need for crisis intervention and information and referral services for Purdue students. With faculty advisor Donald Hartsough, Ph.D., and other interested social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists, the crisis intervention phone service began operation in April of 1970.  Hours of operation were from 7:00 PM to 3:00 AM, seven nights a week, in the basement of Purdue's Education Building. Training for volunteers was designed to be rigorous and experiential.

In 1971, the phone service was expanded to the Lafayette community and became the Lafayette Crisis Center Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Services were expanded to 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

In 2014 the Lafayette Crisis Center merged with Mental Health America of Tippecanoe County. The Crisis Center continues to provide our vital 24/7 crisis intervention services, as a program of MHA.

What's New

  • Glenn Close and Patrick Kennedy on the Weight of Mental Illness

    Date:

    Author: Philip Galanes

    Glenn Close and Patrick Kennedy at the Dutch in SoHo. After a car crash in 2006, when Mr. Kennedy was representing Rhode Island in Congress, he revealed that he had sought treatment for addiction at the Mayo Clinic. Ms. Close, whose sister got a bipolar diagnosis, helped found BringChange2Mind, an organization that works to ease the stigma of mental illness.

  • Forum addresses mental health issues

    Date:

    Author: Ron Wilkins

    State lawmakers from the Tippecanoe County area participated Monday in a mental health and addiction forum at the County Building 

  • The State of Mental Health in America

    Date:

    Author: Mental Health America

    Mental Health Facts, Stats, and Data

    Mental Health America is committed to promoting mental health as a critical part of overall wellness. We advocate for prevention services for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, integrated services, care and treatment for those who need it, and recovery as the goal. 

    We believe that gathering and providing up-to-date data and information about disparities faced by individuals with mental health problems is a tool for change.