VERO BEACH — Dr. Robert J. Brugnoli, Ph.D., executive director of the Mental Health Association in Indian River County, will retire from the organization at the end of 2018.

“I’m really happy with what we have been able to build at the MHA,” says Dr. 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.”

MHA Board Chair, Karen Mersky, Ph.D., says Dr. 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. He has also continually sought opportunities to deliver the MHA’S message that It’s OK To Get Help.”

The Mental Health Association Board plans to have a new executive director in place before Dr. 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. Dr. Brugnoli will remain at the non-profit organization during the transition process. He plans to continue to support the needs of those facing mental health challenges following his retirement from the MHA.

The Mental Health Association in Indian River County Walk-In & Counseling Center, located at 820 – 37th Place, in Vero Beach, 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 their mental health issues. The center is open Monday – Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Psychotherapy, group therapy, case management, and psychiatry services are also available for clients seeking ongoing mental health services on an appointment basis at the center. For more information on the Mental Health Association’s Walk-In & Counseling Center, call 772-569-9788.

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