CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.

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CharityWatch's rating of Mental Health America (MHA) does not include the mental health associations affiliated with MHA.

According to the MHA audit of December 31, 2016 (Note 1, Affiliates):

"Each of the mental health associations affiliated with MHA elects its own Board of Directors, conducts service programs independent of MHA and maintains its own financial accounts. Accordingly, due to lack of control, the financial statements of MHA do not include the accounts and activities of these affiliated organizations. MHA made grants to and received dues from affiliates, which totaled $67,565 and $193,773, respectively, for the year ended December 31, 2016."
According to the Mental Health America (MHA) audit of December 31, 2016 (Note 10, Commitments, Employment agreement):

"MHA has entered into an executive employment agreement with the President/Chief Executive Officer, with an expiration date of December 31, 2020. Under certain circumstances, upon early termination of this agreement, MHA is obligated for six months' severance."
According to the Mental Health America (MHA) audit of December 31, 2016 (Note 1), MHA received donated in-kind contributions in 2016 on which it placed a value of $248,031.

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found by clicking on "About CharityWatch" from the navigation bar and then clicking on "Criteria & Methodology".]

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