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