“I am thrilled to join MHAT as executive director,” says Staples. “It seems my entire career has led me to this point: shepherding a small yet vibrant organization through a transition of growth, and nurturing it as it realizes its potential.” Staples is referring to MHAT’s strategic initiative to expand its reach throughout the Triangle.
As executive director, Staples will oversee daily operations of MHAT while working closely with the board and staff to shape future MHAT policy, strategy and goals. In addition to providing a strong internal leadership role, Staples will also be responsible for the development of public outreach and serve as MHAT spokesperson.
Staples has worked in many areas of health care, ranging from substance abuse, mental health, and industrial injury to traumatic brain injury. Administratively, he has served as health center administrator for clinical psychiatry services at Duke Hospital and Clinics, executive director
of NAMI North Carolina, and regional leadership consultant with NAMI National.
A native of Durham, N.C., Ben attended Durham Public Schools and graduated with a
degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He went on
to complete a masters of science in rehabilitation counseling at the School of Medicine
at UNC-Chapel Hill and a masters in business administration at Seattle Pacific
“We are happy to welcome Ben to MHAT and look forward to learning from and working
with him as we evolve to meet the ever-growing need for better mental health and substance abuse services in the Triangle,” says Michael Jokich, president of MHAT’s Board of
About Mental Health America of the Triangle
Mental Health America of the Triangle (MHAT) provides free services, education and
support, and collaborates with other community organizations throughout the region to
help those with mental health and substance abuse conditions. Established in 1966 as The Mental Health Association in Orange County, the organization affiliated with Mental Health America in 2010. MHAT is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization located at 3729 Murphy
School Road in Durham, N.C. and is supported by private and corporate donations and grants. For additional information, please call 919.942.8083, email email@example.com, or visit
For additional information:
Benjamin Staples, MS, MBA
Mental Health America of the Triangle
3729 Murphy School Road
Durham, NC 27705
118 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278