For more information about Mental Health America of Tippecanoe, please call or email.
Office Telephone Number 765.742.1800
Karla Courtney x 103 Director of Education and Marketing
Jennifer Flora x 107 Chief Executive Officer
Brenda Melville x 108 Administrative Assistant
Hailey Nailor x 120 Assistant - Crisis Intervention Services
Christina Pennington x 120 Assistant - Crisis Intervention Services
Amy Thayer x 105 Financial Director
Tenecia Pyle x 110 Director - Crisis Intervention Services
Erin Walter x 106 Director of Community Services
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.
Mental Health America
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.
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:
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.
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