Andrew O'Grady '88

Distinguished Alumni Award

Since 1976, the Distinguished Alumni Award has been given to an alumna/us who has contributed to society through his/her work - professional and volunteer. The 2014 Distiguished Alumni Award recipient is Andrew O'Grady '88.

Andrew O’Grady, LCSW-R is the Executive Director of Mental Health America of Dutchess County. He has provided 23 years of dedicated service to those affected by mental illness and the individuals and systems that treat those individuals.

Andrew has been with MHA of Dutchess for 13 years. He managed the transition of Case Management Services from Dutchess County to MHA. Prior to that he was an integral part of transitioning the outpatient clinics from Dutchess County to a local hospital, he was well aware of the process, struggles and actions necessary to assure success. Andrew’s willingness to embrace change, his leadership around design, development and staffing has led to successful major transitions of service, both in the delivery of clinical and case management services in Dutchess County.

Andrew has appeared on both television and radio, speaking about not only MHA but on many mental health topics in an effort to eradicate stigma. He has been recognized locally and statewide for his compassion and leadership.

In 2012 Andrew became the Executive Director of MHA of Dutchess. MHA of Dutchess County employs 120 people, serves 5,000 people per year and has an operating budget of 7.2 million.

As Executive Director Andrew has added clinical services to the MHA PROS program. He has added three new fund raisers, transitioned case management to Health Home Care Management and is an integral part of two Health Home advisory boards. MHA has also added a young adult program and a veteran to veteran compeer tract.

Andrew has been the president of the New York State Care Management Coalition and in this role he has added a web site and has helped to grow the annual conference each year.

Andrew has won several awards for his work including the Vassar Brothers Medical Center SPIRIT Award in 2011, the Leadership in Promoting Better Mental Health Service Award in 2008 given by National Alliance on Mental Illness Mid-Hudson and the Esther Mallach Staff Leadership Award in 2007 given by the Mental Health Association in NYS. In 2005, Andrew was also awarded he Mid-Hudson Community Advocacy Award by PEOPLe Inc.

Andrew volunteers his time with many organizations in the Hudson Valley. He currently serves on the United Way’s Community Impact Health Council. Andrew delivers for Meals on Wheels and has volunteered his time at the Food Pantry of Orange County as well as various homeless shelters. He has also has spent time coaching and mentoring children at the CYO basketball, little league baseball and soccer. He also has volunteered his time at Mount Saint Mary College mentoring students interested in pursuing a career in mental health services.

Andrew writes a monthly column for the Poughkeepsie Journal and works per diem for Health Quest Vassar Brothers Medical Center. He has a successful private practice and has been married to fellow Mount graduate Elaine (Moore) O’Grady ’89 for 24 years. They are proud parents of two wonderful children Ryan ’15 and Kayla, a junior at FDR High School in Hyde Park, NY.

The award will be presented to Andrew on Saturday, September 27th at the Academic Convocation during Alumni & Family Weekend. Please join us as we congratulate Andrew for his wonderful achievements.

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