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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Mental Health Association in Suffolk County

A BBB Accredited charity


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Mental Health Association in Suffolk County
2000 Arctic Avenue
Bohemia, NY 11716
Year, State Incorporated:
1955, New York
Stated Purpose:
" Strives to improve the mental health of all people in the community by means of support services, education and advocacy, and through cooperation with other public and private agencies having similar goals. "

Evaluation Conclusions

Mental Health Association in Suffolk County meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


The Mental Health Association in Suffolk County provides information about available services for persons living with mental illness. The organization maintains a database of mental health resources to tailor referrals and recommendations to individuals' needs. It also publishes a bi-monthly mental health newsletter, advocates for the improvement of mental health services in Suffolk County, organizes volunteer community support groups for those living with mental illness, advances an anti-stigma campaign against the misunderstanding of mental illness, helps prepare mental illness sufferers for entry level human service work, and keeps the professional community abreast of the latest current treatments for mental illness.


Chief Executive Officer:
Colleen Merlo, Executive Director
Chair of the Board:
Davis Pollack, D.D.S
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Retired Dentist
Board Size:
Paid Staff Size:

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:

Invitations to fund raising events, internet
Fund raising costs were 3.4% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $322,631, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


The following information is based on Mental Health Association in Suffolk county's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

Source of Funds  

Grants Income-Suffolk County


Special Events-gross


Grants Income-Other


Other Support


Children Conference Fees


Interest Income


Total Income


Program Expenses  

Program Services

Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Income in Excess of Expenses




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 74%  Fund Raising: 3%  Administrative 23% 
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Beginning net assets $293,592
Ending net assets 304,819
Total liabilities 12,147

Total assets



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