MHAST is a private non-profit organization founded in 1927 and is the oldest continuously operating Mental Health Association in New York State. MHAST is an affiliate of the Mental Health Association of New York State which currently has 26 affiliates in 50 counties across the state. We are also considered an affiliate of Mental Health America, which currently has 143 affiliates in 38 states. We are also a United Way agency.
The organization was granted 501(c)3 status in 1968, and was officially incorporated as the Broome County Mental Health Association in April of 1980. We amended our name in April of 1988 to the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier. Over the years, MHAST has offered programs such as Project Uplift, Project Renew, Project Hope, Compeer, the Self Help Independence Project, Rural Bear, the Beacon Drop-In Center, Housing Services, the Fundamental Follies Theater Company, Do it for Daron, and many more. In the decades of our operation, MHAST has and remains committed to enhancing the lives of individuals struggling with their mental health through peer services, wellness programs, crisis intervention, advocacy, education, and referrals.