The organization began in 1958 as The Columbia County Society for Mental Health. From 1958-1980, volunteer Board members provided community education, visits to patients at Hudson River Psychiatric Center, and helped in planning. In 1981, we began our first direct care services, which is now the PROS program.
Over the years we added programs and services driven by community need and are now a major provider of mental health, preventative and support services and an integral part of the provider network in this area. The MHACGC has three divisions: Clinical & Rehabilitation; Residential and Children & Families. We changed our name to the Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties, Inc. to be more closely affiliated with the advocacy efforts of our 30 other local MHAs across the state, The Mental Health Association of New York State (MHANYS) and Mental Health America, of which we are affiliates. In 1997, the MHACGC merged with Assistance in Meaningful Living, Inc (AIM) which was a nonprofit mental health provider of residential services. In 2010, The REACH Center, a provider of service to those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault, became part of our organization as well.