Mental Health Community Centers, Inc. selects Ashley Light as its next Development Director

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Mental Health Community Centers, Inc. selects Ashley Light as its next Development Director

Mental Health Community Centers, Inc. (MHCCI) has selected Ashley Light to be its next Development Director. Ms. Light most recently served as the Development Coordinator for Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee. Ashley also serves as the Chair of Fund Development with the Junior League of Sarasota and is working to set up their first ever donor database. She is also involved with Sarasota Young Professionals, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Ashley was recognized earlier this year as a Young Professional of the Year Finalist. Ms. Light received a Bachelor of Arts from Rollins College.

“Ashley brings much needed experience in nonprofit development,” said Arin Norris, Executive Director of the Board of Directors at MHCCI. “We are so excited to have Ashley on board as the Development Director. Her extensive community involvement is a great asset,” said Norris. Ms. Light will begin her position immediately, filling the final open leadership position at the organization.  Norris began as Executive Director on October 8, 2018.

Mental Health Community Centers (MHCCI) operates four psycho-social rehabilitation Drop-In Centers locally providing consumer-driven, wellness and recovery-focused programs for adults diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness. MHCCI recovery programs are centered on evidenced-based curriculum and The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Wellness Initiatives which are a holistic approach to wellness in all areas of life. SAMHSA is a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

MHCCI was recently honored by SAMHSA as one of four agencies in the United States to receive their 2018 Recognition of Excellence in Wellness award. The Recognition of Excellence in Wellness acknowledges organizations and communities for their exemplary wellness efforts. This year’s winners were selected by a committee of national experts for their meaningful work to improve health outcomes for individuals with mental and/or substance use disorders, including those with serious mental illness.

MHCCI serves more than 400 client members with a full-time staff of 12 and a part-time staff of 10. MHCCI’s programs include integrated dual disorders groups, symptom management groups, wellness education, skill-building groups, and art and community-outreach activities. Drop-In Centers are located in Sarasota and DeSoto Counties in Arcadia, North Port, Sarasota, and Venice.

For more information, you may contact Arin Norris, MHCCI Executive Director at 941-321-9061.

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