Mental Health America of Roanoke Valley closes

Mental Health America of Roanoke Valley has closed after more than 70 years in business, according to The Roanoke Times. It ceased operations on Oct. 31. 

The Virginia organization did advocacy for people with mental illnesses, in addition to offering mental health services such as free psychiatric clinic, mental health training for police officers and arts therapy for children who have been exposed to domestic violence. 

Despite the organization’s closure, its programs will live on. Three local nonprofits will take them over, the paper reported.

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Mental Health America of Roanoke Valley’s closure comes after it was unable to raise enough money to stay open. 

The nonprofit’s financial decline began in 2017, according to tax filings. For example, in fiscal year 2016, revenues were about $385,000. They fell to about $339,000 in 2017, and continued to decline in the years thereafter.

Executives blamed fundraising struggles and loss of donors for the closure, according to The Roanoke Times. 

After those struggles began, the organization began looking for a place to transfer its programs, so as to continue servicing the community.

Bradley Free Clinic, Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare and Total Action for Progress — all in Roanoke — will take over the organization’s programs, with remaining grants and funding transfering over to them.

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