Welcome to Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. (MHANYS)

MHANYS is a not-for-profit organization that works to end the stigma against mental illness and promotes mental health wellness in New York State. MHANYS achieves this through training, education, advocacy and policy, community-based partnership programming, and by connecting individuals and families to help.



Effective July 1, 2018 New York schools are required by law to provide instruction in mental health to all elementary, middle and high school students.  The new law amends section 804 of Article 17 of State Education Law and applies to all public and private schools under the jurisdiction of the New York State Education Department (SED).  Section 804 of the law pertains to health education, which schools have been required to provide for several decades and includes subject matter such as the early detection of certain cancers and alcohol, tobacco and substance use.  The new law adds mental health to the legally mandated components of health instruction.

A School Mental Health Education Resource and Training Center is being established by the Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc.(MHANYS) to help schools comply with the new law.  The Center will provide free online mental health training (CTLE-eligible) and instructional resources for educators, as well as mental health resources for parents and guardians, students and community-based mental health providers.  For more information about the Center please visit www.mentalhealthednys.org.


Apply for the Edna Aimes Scholarship

The Edna Aimes Scholarship is awarded annually by MHANYS.  It is named for Edna Gentry Aimes, who bequeathed funds to MHANYS for the scholarship in 1965.  Ms. Aimes was a pioneer in mental health work in Columbia County.  She served as the charter member and first president of the Columbia County Mental Health Society, and as regional vice-president and secretary of the board of the New York State Mental Health Association.

This scholarship is open to NYS residents that are juniors, seniors, and matriculated graduate students attending school in New York State and majoring in a mental health-related field to prepare for a career in mental health.

Edna Aimes Scholarship Application