Association for Community Living/ACLAIMH: Bring it Home Campaign

Bring It Home for the Holidays

With the holiday season upon us, we are asking all of our members and advocates to “Bring It Home for the Holidays” by helping the Bring It Home Campaign, which is being led by ACL, by sending e-letters to the Governor urging him to increase state funding for community-based mental health housing programs, As you may already know, these programs have been severely underfunded for decades. The amount of these funds has a huge impact on everyone in your mental health housing programs, as well as the entire organization.

There are a couple of other ways you can help as well. Please see them all below. Bring It Home E-Letter Campaign

We’ve began an E-Letter Campaign where you can easily send a pre-written email to Governor Cuomo urging him to adequately fund mental health housing in his 2021-2022 Executive State Budget.

Step 1: Click this link –
Step 2: Enter your contact & location information.
Step 3: Hit “Send” and/or you can print and then snail mail the letter.

It’s that easy! You can also do this as many times as you want. So please share this with your co-workers, friends, and family! Follow Our Social Media Accounts ACL & the Bring It Home Campaign has a robust social media presence. We are asking all our members to share our social media accounts with their staff, as well as asking them to follow us and share/retweet our posts! Following our social media accounts will increase their knowledge about what ACL/ACLAIMH does to help them and their employer and to ensure that additional funding is provided for mental health housing: Association for Community Living/ACLAIMH – Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: (@ACLNYS) LinkedIn: Bring It Home Campaign – Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: (@BringItHomeNYS) Youtube Donate to ACLAIMH

We have created a way for you to donate to ACLAIMH to help with our work, which includes our continuing education initiatives, advocacy, and the Bring It Home Campaign. 

Former ACL Executive Director Toni Lasicki has created her own crowdfunding page for you to donate to!

Use this link to send a donation in her name:

You can also create your own crowdfunding page to share with your family and friends. Just use this link and tap the “Create My Own Fundraiser” and follow the instructions. If you have any additional questions about the above information, please feel free to contact ACL’s Social Media Coordinator Justin at Thanks for helping us Bring It Home this holiday season!
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Follow the Bring It Home Campaign on FacebookTwitter, & Instagram

Parent Support Group: Wednesday, December 9, 6:30-8:00 pm

If you are the parent of an adolescent with an emotional issue and are in need of support, please join us on Wednesday night. Please recommend any other parent or caregiver who is impacted by their teen’s emotional challenges to attend our Free and Supportive meeting via zoom.
For more information about this support group, including Zoom link, please contact Madlen Setian at

MHA of Rockland Hosts Virtual Fundraiser Featuring Top Rockland County Chefs “Food for Thought” Programming Streaming Live November 15th


Valley Cottage, NY –10/29/20–Mental Health Association of Rockland (MHA of Rockland) will stream a 90-minute virtual cook-a-thon fundraiser on Sunday, November 15that 6:00 pm on their website and through Facebook Live to raise funds and awareness of the dire effect the COVID-19 pandemic has had on mental health. Seven top chefs from local Rockland County restaurants will be creating mouth-watering dishes from various cultures to nourish viewers’ minds and stomachs during the program.

Chef Marcello Russodivito of Marcello’s Ristorante in Suffern graciously offered his kitchen for the cooking segments which feature Chef Marcello and Chef Philippe Scouarnec from Marcello’s; Chef Matt Hudson from Hudson House in Nyack; Chef Michelle Timothée from La Talaye Event & Catering in Haverstraw; Chef Kevin Reilly from Roost in Sparkill; Chef Jose David Martinez from Union in Haverstraw, and Chef Doug Chi Nguyen from Wasabi in Nyack. Along with the chefs’ time, these local restaurants have also generously donated a variety of gift certificates and products to encourage donations leading up to and throughout the event. As an added bonus, a “Food for Thought” commemorative wooden cooking spoon will be given to the first 125 people who make a donation of $25 or more through the MHA of Rockland website starting November 1st.

Working together to ensure that community programs remain funded and accessible has become more important than ever. Stephanie Madison, President & CEO of MHA of Rockland, notes that, “The pandemic spotlight s both existing and new barriers to accessing mental health services. Everyone has been affected in some way over the past 8 months by this global crisis. We are seeing increased rates of depression, anxiety, substance use and post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), and do not yet know the magnitude of the psychological effects of this unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. As the pandemic subsides, the psychological effects will emerge and can expect to continue for months and years to come.

“MHA of Rockland has been serving the Rockland community for almost 70 years, and we want to respond to the emerging needs of the community by expanding our mental health and family support services for adults, children and families.Funds raised will support expanding mental health programs for the Rockland community,trauma recovery work for individuals and their families, online support forums for healthcare workers, and online relaxation and support classes for individuals with behavioral health issues.”

Companies or individuals wishing to sponsor MHA of Rockland’s Food for Thought fundraiser should contact Ms. Velvet Reda at (845) 216-4045or Corporate sponsorships include the opportunity to offer a virtual interactive presentation on Mental Wellness in the Workplace during COVID-19 with Stephanie Madison, MHA of Rockland President and CEO, or another MHA of Rockland professional, depending upon the level. Individual donors can contribute through the MHA website at

About the Mental Health Association of Rockland The Mental Health Association of Rockland helps people living with mental illness and/or addiction to embrace life and redefine themselves. MHA of Rockland also welcomes and supports families, friends, employers and colleagues who care about those struggling with these challenges. Since opening their doors in 1951, MHA of Rockland has touched the lives of more than 50,000 Rockland County residents. MHA of Rockland is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.


Contact: Velvet Reda, MHA of Rockland

Phone:(845) 216-4045