Who We Are


In the early 1950s, Mental Health America issued a call to asylums across the country for their discarded chains and shackles. They melted down these inhumane bindings in 1953 and recast them into a sign of hope:

Cast from shackles which bound them, this bell shall ring out hope for the mentally ill and victory over mental illness

MHA Mental Health Bell Inscription

Mental Health America of Palm Beach County was founded in 1958 in Downtown West Palm Beach, and has been a voice for change for over 60 years.

Today we’re focused on creating supportive communities for adults living with mental health conditions and providing care for those with untreated mental illness living on the streets of West Palm Beach.

Peer Place Fern Street Clubhouse – Butterfly Garden

Our founder Clifford Beers said, “I must fight in the open.”

We continue his fight by promoting the qualities we believe will move mental health awareness out of the shadows:

Our mission is to create a supportive community where people with mental health conditions are valued, live openly, and find purpose.

Mental Health America of Palm Beach County

Kristina Baker | Chief Program Officer

Melinda Durant | Fern Street Clubhouse Team Coordinator

Alita Faber | Director of Learning Communities

Melissa George | Fern Street Clubhouse Director

Shakiyla Hart | Director of Clinical Services

Joe Heffernan | North Support Center Coordinator

Jeremy Morse | Chief Executive Officer

Jonathan Perez | Community Care Advocate

Treva Reese | Glades Clubhouse Team Coordinator

Maryann Roman | Director of Operations

Board of Directors

Dr. Jacintha Cauffield (Chair)

Dr. Jane Harris (Vice Chair)

Harriet Freeman, Esq. (Secretary/Treasurer)

Andy McAusland

Alcolya St. Juste, Esq.

Dr. Sandra Ojurongbe