President, CEO Michael Brody will transition leadership to Dr. Adriana Torres-O'Connor

Philadelphia, Pa. November 12, 2018 - After nearly a decade of service with Mental Health Partnerships, Michael Brody is retiring as President and CEO effective December 31, 2018. He will be succeeded by Dr. Adriana Torres-O'Connor who joins the organization December 3, 2018. The change in the organizations leadership was announced by Stephen St.Vincent, Mental Health Partnerships' Board Chairman. "Mental Health Partnerships has been extraordinarily fortunate to have Michael as its leader. His tremendous expertise within the field of behavioral health coupled with his deep and genuine caring for the people of MHP and those we serve, has been an inspiration to all of us. Under Michael's leadership, MHP has grown and thrived, and it is with immense gratitude to him that the Board announces his retirement."

Michael Brody started with Mental Health Partnerships (MHP) in 2009 as Vice President of Service Operations through December 2013 bringing more than 35 years of experience in the mental health arena to the organization. During his tenure as Vice President of Services he directed multiple levels of community support services in southeastern Pennsylvania, serving more than 4,000 people with behavioral health diagnoses annually.

Since January, 2014, Michael has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mental Health Partnerships, expanding services to both Delaware and Southwest New Jersey. MHP now serves 10,000 individuals and their families annually. Throughout this time he has created opportunities to develop recovery-oriented services and involve people in recovery from mental health conditions in all aspects of service delivery.

Prior to joining MHP, Michael served as a Recovery Services Administrator, for Recovery Innovations of PA, from 2007 to 2009 and from 1998 to 2007, he served as Chief Operating Officer of the Southwest Connecticut Mental Health System (SWCMHS), one of the largest multipurpose behavioral health systems in Connecticut. In this role he managed a wide range of community and hospital based services.

As he most recently noted in accepting A Lifetime Advocacy Award from The Alliance of Community Providers, “I have truly been fortunate to end my career at the most incredible organization and with the most kind and generous people I have ever encountered in my work. I want to extend a warm welcome to Adriana and wish her the best as she continues our great work to lift the voices and experiences of individuals and families living with a mental health condition.”

Dr. Adriana Torres-O’Connor is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years of experience working in community mental health. She earned her Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees from Widener University in Pennsylvania. She also holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from New York University.

Dr. Adriana Torres-O'Connor spent her career overseeing, designing, and developing programming for individuals and families working to overcome the struggles of mental illness and addiction. She has worked throughout the Philadelphia area and New Jersey to develop and grow innovative recovery oriented programming to tap into the resiliency and strengths of those experiencing issues with mental illness and addiction as well as expanded programming to provide support to the families and friends who love those on the journey of recovery.

Dr. Adriana Torres-O'Connor joins Mental Health Partnerships from Catholic Clinical Consultants and Catholic Charities of Trenton NJ, where she served as the Director for Behavioral Health Services, responsible for overseeing behavioral health and addiction treatment services to adults and adolescents throughout Central and Southern New Jersey. Her team of more than 400 clinical and non-clinical professionals across 40 programs provides a broad range of mental health and addiction treatment services.

At Catholic Charities, Dr. Torres-O’Connor worked to expand adult mental health and crisis services to be more accessible to those in need by establishing integrated behavioral health services within primary care and other community settings as well as expanded in-home services. She established innovative addiction treatment programming to help individuals overcome drug addiction including the establishment of an Ambulatory Detox and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) clinic with a focus on serving the most vulnerable and stigmatized segments of society including the uninsured, under insured, homeless, and pregnant/postpartum women.

Prior to her work at Catholic Charities, Dr. Torres-O’Connor held leadership roles at Crossroads Programs, Inc., First Home Care, and Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, where she worked to expand children’s mental health services within the community and Philadelphia Public School system. "It is such an important time to be working in the field of behavioral health, and I'm honored to be a part of Mental Health Partnerships future. I’m looking forward to integrating my knowledge and experiences, and working together to expand on MHP's mission of building hope in our communities", she said.

About Mental Health Partnerships

Mental Health Partnerships [MHP: formerly known as Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania] is a non-profit organization founded in 1951. For almost 70 years, MHP has been organizing, educating, and advocating for the rights of people who experience challenges to their mental and emotional well-being, becoming one of the nations’ leading organizations in mental health advocacy, education, and service delivery. MHP has been a pioneer in developing and promoting recovery focused, peer directed services. The MHP recovery movement continues to practice the value of "Nothing About Us, Without Us". Individuals engaged with their own recovery, family members and allies are involved as MHP board members, staff, core volunteers, and key constituents. Today MHP serves 10,000 individuals and their families annually in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties, Delaware and Southwest New Jersey. Visit www.mentalhealthpartnerships.org to learn more about our amazing programs.