Patrick Schmitz   Patrick Schmitz After an extensive search, The Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center in Kansas tapped Patrick J. Schmitz MA LMHC to replace retiring CEO David Johnson. Bert Nash has enjoyed tremendous growth and gained national recognition for service excellence during the 16 years of leadership and vision provided by Johnson.

Schmitz was previously CEO of Plains Area Mental Health in Iowa, which is also a member of mhca. He built a solid reputation there as a leader and skilled community collaborator. Schmitz said one of the things that most attracted him to Bert Nash was the center’s strong community partnerships. Director of Outreach and Compliance Department Kim Keleher was named Interim CEO at Plains Area.

We are pleased to continue our association with both Bert Nash and Plains Area, and wish everyone well in their new endeavors!
7278   Antony Sheehan South Shore Mental Health announced that Antony Sheehan MPhil RN DipHSM will replace retiring President and CEO Harry Shulman. A fitting tribute to a career spent in service to others, Shulman’s recent retirement party raised $100,000 to establish a Basic Needs Fund to assist financially disadvantages clients. South Shore has been active in mhca for more than 30 years, and we look forward to many more years of mutually beneficial association under Sheehan’s leadership.

Sheehan has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare strategy, management, clinical and policy roles. He began his career in the U.K., moving to the U.S. after being appointed to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Most recently, he was President of Church Health Center in Memphis, Tennessee.

It is with deep sadness that mhca announces the passing of our dear friend and colleague Dr. Howard Frank Bracco on April 9, 2017 at the age of 73. Seven Counties Services, now Centerstone of Kentucky, has been a member of mhca since joining under Bracco’s leadership in 1986. “Howard made significant contributions to mhca during his two decades as an active member CEO and 18 years of service to mhca’s board of directors. He was a quiet, humble person with unique insights and outstanding intellect, and we will all miss him greatly,” said mhca President and CEO Dale Shreve.

Bracco began his career during the community mental health movement of the 60s – a time marked by a great deal of idealism. During a 2002 interview, Bracco said, “Back then, we viewed it as more of a mission than a business. But human needs don’t disappear. Consequently, the world may change around you, funding sources may change, but you’ll always find opportunities because the basic human needs that you’re addressing in your business are there. If you can recognize that and address that, then you’ll be successful.”

During a board meeting on February 25, 2000, Bracco said, “Our key competency is that we are experts in helping modify behavior, and our skills are applicable across a broad base of situations.” He then led the board in a discussion about how to be recognized as mental health experts, during which he advocated that member organizations identify natural allies and link with all social service agencies within their communities to make themselves truly indispensible.

During a reunion dinner at our Fall Conference in Scottsdale last year, Bracco shared, “The important thing here is the kind of relationships that evolve and the culture that the founders of the organization (mhca) created. Most of us experience as CEOs how isolating that position is. This is a place I could come and find support and develop deep friendships. I could not have done what I did, or have become the person I am, without the rest of you.”
Bracco was devoted to finding innovative and compassionate ways to broaden and strengthen the level of client care, and he generously shared his methods and experiences with his mhca colleagues so they might all benefit from his successes. “He was incredibly proud of our shared mission to advance innovation and entrepreneurship in behavioral healthcare by enhancing leadership and strategic connections.  On behalf of our Board of Directors, staff, and members, we mourn his loss and extend our deepest sympathies to his family,” said Shreve. 
Bracco’s memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. We will share details with members as they become available.

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Pat & Howard Bracco

at mhca
Retired CEOs & Friends Reunion Dinner
Scottsdale, Arizona, November 2016


840   David Feldman

David L. Feldman MBA CPA CBHE succeeded James B. Whitaker MSW as President & CEO of Circles of Care, Inc., in Melbourne, FL, on April 30.  Feldman has provided services at Circles of Care since 1981, and most recently served as the organization's Executive Vice President & Treasurer.  He has a BS in Accounting from Florida State University, an MBA from Western Colorado University, and holds both CPA and CBHE certification. He has earned Fellow Status with the Florida Council on Community Mental Health for unique and significant contributions to mental health centers in the state, and was honored with the Florida Council's Distinguished Service Award in 1988.

Please help us congratulate David and Circles of Care!


HamptonAngie   Angie Hampton

Egyptian Health Department in Illinois is a progressive and innovative public health agency governed by a Board of Health. The agency provides a variety of mental health, substances abuse and youth services throughout Saline, Gallatin, and White counties, which have a combined population of over 45,000. Despite a budget impasse in the State of Illinois, the agency has been able to expand operations thanks to winning federal grants in alignment with the agency’s mission.

Angie Hampton, a licensed clinical social worker with a Master’s in rehabilitative administration, served as the agency’s director of behavioral health for four years prior to assuming the role of CEO in 2005.

Please help us welcome Angie and Egyptian Health Department to mhca.

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