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Mental Health Association, Alpha Behavioral Health Services announce merger

The Mental Health Association in San Diego County (MHASD), a mental health advocacy organization, announced its merger with Alpha Behavioral Health Services, a nonprofit social services agency serving San Diego for more than 30 years.

The transition process has already begun and both organizations will be working from one central office in North Park by Jan. 1. The programs and services at both organizations will remain uninterrupted.

The combined organization will operate locally under the nonprofit legal structure of the Mental Health Association. AlphaBHS will retain the name of Alpha Behavioral Health Services, a program of the Mental Health Association. The merger is expected to be complete by June 30, 2007.

“This merger will allow us to combine our strengths to improve and expand much needed mental health services in San Diego while eliminating administrative duplication and cost,” stated Kimberly Miller, board president of MHASD. “The team at AlphaBHS has a track record of success and we feel that together we will be better positioned to serve the people of San Diego.”

“We are excited to be joining the MHASD family,” said Sherri Petro, board president of AlphaBHS. “Alpha's programs and services have filled a vital community need and we will continue to make inroads with the strength and support of the Mental Health Association.”

In addition to the merger news, the Mental Health Association has designated Scott Suckow as CEO for MHASD effective Jan. 1. Suckow has a long history of involvement in the nonprofit community, particularly around improving access and standards of care in the healthcare sector. Over the course of his career, Suckow has raised millions of dollars to fund research, patient education and outreach programs.

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