Maggie Trainor honored by the
Mental Health Association of Rockland County
Maggie Trainor found her
calling in mental health service. Hired as a mental
health aide by the Mental Health Association of Rockland
County thirty-two years ago, she was inspired by friends
and loved ones recovering from mental
and has a deep commitment to the belief that recovery
possible. Her dedication to this belief,
in spite of the challenges, has allowed her to move
through a variety of positions within MHA.
Today, as Director of Residential Services for the MHA,
Maggie oversees services for 80 residents in a variety of
settings and supervises
65 staff members. She manages three community residences, 34
scattered site apartments in the Treatment Apartment Program,
and 37 permanent apartments, working
residents and their families.
Maggie also serves as MHA's Director of Mental Health
Advocacy Services for the Deaf,
capacity she oversees several housing programs,
case management, a drop-in center, community
education and advocacy. One of her proudest accomplishments
is her mastery of sign language. She also
who are blind and physically
Maggie was an early advocate of providing jobs for people
with mental illness. The MHA Residential
Programs worked closely
Project STEPS to provide
job coaching and whatever accommodation needed by clients
to achieve success in their
to be recovery oriented, geared to helping
their residents develop independence.
She was also involved in the early years of the Friendship
Club, a unique social
recreation program for developmentally challenged adults.
with the members of the Friendship
Club continue to this
As a founding member of the Mental Health
Cultural Competence Committee, which promotes equity
oftreatment and services across all cultures, Maggie is
human rights, social justice and undolnq racism.
Underscoring that commitment she is an active member of numerous
that advocate for the
to which she is devoted (including
member of ACL (Association for Community Living),
she is a steadfast activist and proponent of human rights,
accessibility and quality
housing for individuals living with psychiatric disorders.
is important to her and she describes her
home to go home:'
She and her
of the Irish American
Political Education Committee and of Project Children. Her
spent in the New York Adirondack Mountains with fellow Irish
and other native vegetables. She is also a lover of all
dogs; especially Jack
several of whom
grown up in an MHA Residence.